Events to celebrate the new year

Published 3:26 pm Friday, December 27, 2019

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By JOYANNA LOVE/Senior Staff Writer

Looking for a way to spend celebrate the new year?

Some local businesses have events planned to help with that.

Friend’s Steakhouse will get the party started early on Dec. 28 starting at 4 p.m. with an event featuring local band Buzz:30.

Buzz:30 features a rotating group of musicians with whomever is available for the gig participating. The full band list includes bass player and founding member Brad Carter, lead guitarist Joshua Inman, Brannon Burnett (lead vocal and guitar), Chris Bushey (lead vocals and lead guitar), Allen (aka “Marvin”) Arrington (drums), Eric Keith (drums), Micah Ward (guitar) and Curt Roberts (drums).

The name came from a saying the founding friends would shout to each other when someone asked what time it was, according to an interview with Peach Living. If during the performance, the band asks what time is it, the crowd yells “Buzz:30!”

The Hyde Away Bar, 2031 Seventh Street South in Clanton, will welcome in the new year with returning band The Government Cheese on Dec. 31

According to the bar, the band will take the stage at 9 p.m. and the event will go until 1 a.m.

The party is an annual event.

Please drink responsibly.

Dance Trance Fitness Clanton is starting the new year by celebrating its opening at 1661 Seventh Street S. The grand opening will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 1.

The event will be an opportunity to meet owner Jeannie Chance and learn more about the business.

Chance said she attended Dance Trance when she lived in Huntsville. However, after living in Chilton County for four years, she had not found a workout that made her want to keep coming back. This led Chance to pursue opening a Dance Trance location.

According to the business Facebook page, “Dance Trance was created by Jay Handline as a workout program for all students that love music and dance. It is not a traditional dance fitness program and is different in design from dance fitness programs that have previously been introduced. It covers such a large array of music genres, is offered in different skill levels, and also includes a social network that members can belong to and associate with as members.”

Chance said the dances are “very easy and repetitive but fun that will keep you coming back.”

While primarily for women, Chance said some men have enjoyed Dance Trance as well. Chance hopes to eventually add programs for children.