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Celebrating the New Year, the Crystal Bridges Way

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NOTE:  This post refers to the Dec. 31, 2013 New Years Eve Event at Crystal Bridges.  For information on the 2014 event, click here. Dick Clark, Times Square, music, and merriment – all the makings of New Year’s Eve. This year, Crystal Bridges is putting our own spin on the evening. Welcome to the New 3-6-5!

Late this summer, a team of Museum staff members from across the organization began meeting to plan our (then untitled) New Year’s Eve event. We had all attended various end-of-year celebrations, and wanted to ensure that the first one at the Museum was something unique – something special.

With that in mind, entertainment was one of the first things on our “to do” list. The key players in planning the event (our Director of Culinary, Case Dighero; Banquet Chef, Melody Lane; Event Supervisor, Dacre Whitaker; and myself) began researching bands, DJs, and other entertainment options. We spent hours watching YouTube videos of prospective acts, listening to recordings on Soundcloud, and checking out recommendations from local booking agents. After deciding on music venues (band in Eleven, DJ in the Great Hall), we were ecstatic to book two fantastic performers for the event – Fayetteville favorites Leah & the Mojo Doctors, and Minneapolis-based DJ Havok!

With entertainment settled, it was time to work on the look and feel of the party.  Anna Vernon, the Museum’s Graphic Designer, wanted the event’s logo to be truly reminiscent of New Year’s Eve. What could be more fitting than fireworks?! Anna and Dacre worked together, taking photos of each other writing the numbers 3, 6, and 5 with sparklers to create the beautiful and festive image seen on our event marketing materials. 365_facebook

As the representatives from the Special Events team, Dacre and I were tasked with making sure the Museum looks spectacular on the big night. We have been working with a local lighting consultant to develop the “wow” factor. We’ve also cooked up a few surprise activities along the way, to make everyone’s night a little more amazing.

Case Dighero, Crystal Bridges’ Director of Culinary Services, has offered a sneak peek at the menu for the evening.  Check it out: The FOOD Get a grip on some dynamic pub fare designed perfectly for a New Year’s Eve extravaganza:  fun, delicious, and portableCubano Sliders of roast pork, ham, mustard, and Caribbean cheese; authentic Gulf Shrimp Po’Boys; N’awlins Muffalettas; Eleven Reuben Sammies; New England Lobster Rolls; and Chinatown Pork Belly Steamed Buns.  Plus sweet baby donuts, biscotti, cookies and milk at the coffee bar all night long.

The DRINK The price of admission provides for delicious *responsible* opportunities to imbibe, including Californian red and white wines, Italian Prosecco, and a signature Winter Pear Cocktail that promises to make everyone’s top ten this year.!  Plus, a cash bar featuring premium selections of martinis, gimlets, and cocktails!

If you haven’t made plans to celebrate the New Year with us here at Crystal Bridges – what are you waiting for? Grab your ticket today. The event is open to all guests, ages 21 and over – tickets are $85 ($68 for members).

We hope to see you there!

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