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Options available for New Year’s Eve

If you’re planning on spending New Year’s Eve in Oxford, there are a number of places that will be offering special holiday opportunities.

Jason Ross, manager of Boure at 110 Courthouse Square in Oxford, said they will have the bar area of the restaurant decorated for New Year’s Eve, and they generally have a number of people there ringing in the new year.

“We will be closed on New Year’s Day,” he said.

The Burgundy Room at 1112 Van Buren Ave. in Oxford is the upstairs level of Old Venice Pizza and will be open for celebrations.

“They might be doing champagne at midnight,” said Hannah Vines, a waitress at Old Venice.

Catherine Scott, an employee of City Grocery at 152 Courthouse Square in Oxford, said the restaurant will offer a special dinner on New Year’s Eve. Patrons must make reservations.

“The dining room downstairs is doing a special dinner,” she said. “It’s a set menu diner with five courses and a wine pairing.”

Alex McCullough, a front desk employee with Graduate Hotel at 400 North Lamar Blvd., said the hotel is fully booked for New Year’s Eve, but the public can still come and celebrate the new year at one of the hotel’s two bars.

“It will be a happening place on New Year’s Eve,” McCullough said. “We have a lobby bar that opens at 2 p.m. and a rooftop bar that overlooks the whole town.”

The rooftop bar will open at 4 p.m.

“Anyone can come up and use any of the bars or our restaurant,” McCullough said.

Tyler Sneed, manager of McEwen’s at 1110 Van Buren Ave., said the restaurant also  will  offer a special New Year’s Eve dinner.

“We are doing a pre-set menu for New Year’s,” he said.

The meal will be $65 per person for four courses.

Options include appetizers of duck enchiladas, lobster truffle macaroni and cheese, and seared scallops with fried green tomatoes.

Salad options include a wild warm mushrooms salad, a goat cheese salad with strawberry vinaigrette, and smoked oyster caesar salad.

Entree options include sea bass, veil short ribs, New York strip with white cheddar potatoes with asparagus and truffle butter, pork tenderloin with shiitake mushroom wild rice.

Dessert options include coconut bread pudding with rum caramel and raspberry moose, and dark chocolate creme brulee with hazelnut dust and whipped cream.

Reservations are required.

The VFW and Auxiliary will have their New Year’s Eve party Thursday, Dec. 31.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and festivities begin at 8 p.m.

Finger foods will be offered, and sparkling wine will be served at midnight.

Admission is $10. Everyone is invited.

About LaReeca Rucker

LaReeca Rucker is a writer, reporter and adjunct journalism instructor at the University of Mississippi's Meek School of Journalism and New Media.

A veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she spent a decade at the Gannett-owned Clarion-Ledger - Mississippi's largest daily newspaper - covering stories about crime, city government, civil rights, social justice, religion, art, culture and entertainment for the paper's print and web editions. She was also a USA Today contributor.

This year, she received a first place award from the Mississippi Press Association for “Best In-Depth Investigative Reporting.” The story written in 2014 for The Oxford Eagle chronicles the life of a young mother with two sons who have epilepsy, and details how she is patiently hoping legalized cannabis oil experimentation will lead to a cure for their disorder.

Her website is www.lareecarucker.com.

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