Many places around town offer celebrations to ring in the new year.
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- Anna Staver
Thursday, December 27, 2012
If you are a restaurant, bar or business with a special for New Year's Eve, leave the details in the comments section. Susan Campell Park—The music starts at 8 p.m. with two fireworks displays at 7:30 p.m. and again at midnight. Boaters are asked to remember the 1,000-foot safety zone around the fireworks barge. Red Red Wine Bar—Bar open to the public all night with a free champagne toast at midnight; $10 cover charge starts at 10 p.m.; Dinner seats are available by reservation only for $100 per person. For more information, click here. Melting Pot—Will take reservations until midnight and are running a pre-set menu for $59.99 per person. For more information, click here. Annapolis Bowl—Two-hour family parties can be booked from 4:30-6:30 …
Is it necessarily a bad thing to forego the kiss at midnight on New Year's Eve? Who started this whole thing anyway?
We can thank the Romans for togas, amphitheaters, the odometer, and the tradition of kissing at year's end. If you are fortunate, as the clock strikes midnight Friday, each of these inventions will come in handy. "The custom of kissing can be traced back to the Ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia, which took place near the end of the year. According to celebrations.com, "later, the New Year's Eve kiss would come to be seen as a barometer for things to come... As English and German legend had it, the first person you came in contact with when the bells chimed twelve, be it a familiar, friendly face or inauspicious acquaintance, set the tone for your happiness and fortune in the coming year." So, if you make it to first base with someone …