Every Friday night could be New Year’s Eve at the Sundial auditorium in Sun City with the festive atmosphere of bands and dancing. So, who better to ask, when it comes to celebrating New Year’s Eve in style, “What, when and were was the best New Year’s Eve celebration you’ve ever been to?”
With the Rythm Ramblers playing in the background, the question was answered with enthusiasm Dec. 9, and I found out people have had the best celebrations here in good ol’ Sun City.
“Without a doubt, Sun City Country Club,” said Jim Principato of Ventana Lakes in Peoria. His wife, Shirley said they went last year. “It was fabulous. They had shrimp cocktails sitting on the table when you came, all done in silver and gold . . . it was beautiful.”
Jim said it was absolutely gorgeous. “They had a room, I mean, it had to be like maybe a 15-by-15 room loaded with desserts of all kinds.” He said, “If they could not satisfy anyone there, something is wrong. Sun City Country Club, without a doubt.”
Dittoing the Principatos, and also of Ventana Lakes, was Loretta Klimczak. “That was last year at the Sun City Country Club.” Klimczak who was with her husband, Ed, said, “Mike Corolla played, the food was fabulous; it was a very nice evening.”
“This year we’re coming here (Sundial) because the Three Amigos are playing and we like that group, although we are not crazy about bringing food for a buffet, it’s a nice dance floor and the music will be good.”
Sun City Grand resident Irene Worobiec said Sundial last year because they had the biggest group of friends.
Millie Mallett of Sun City said in the year 2000, “before my husband passed away, he was president of the Sundial Dance Club, and it was ... decorated gorgeously, and we danced all night, and it was a real nice night.”
“My favorite and best New Year’s Eve was the year 2000 at Sundial auditorium,” said Sun Citian Jerry Purcell. “It’s the first time that I came to New Year’s Eve here in Sun City at Sundial, and it was just much better than any I’d ever been to before.”
“Here at Sundial.” said Purple of Sun City.
“Except for maybe the parties I used to have in Vegas,” as she laughed. “But this is the best time.”
“2014 would be my favorite,” joked Ken Shreves. “If he makes it that long,” said his wife Pat.
“We really enjoy a lot of them. We enjoy coming here on New Year’s Eve.” Pat said, “This is where we come most New Year’s eves now. We live in Sun City.”
Sun Citian Art Millspan said, “I’ve been to many of them, many years ago in New York at a New Year’s celebration, was working as a deputy sheriff, we had to open the doors and let them out of the building.
“It was so darn cold. That was many years ago,” he said.
“In New York city. That’s where I come from, and I was with my friends that I grew up with and all the girls and all of us from the same neighborhood,” Sal Vatore of Glendale said. “We had a lot of good times. We had like a community get-together.”
Tony Abate of Sun City Grand said his best was in Lansing, Ill. “A good number of years ago, we were attending the Policemans’ Ball; they were giving a New Year’s Eve party and Vaughn Monroe, you know Vaughn Monroe the great band leader? He was the band for the evening and excellent music, good singing, nice condiments and everything that went with it.
“That was one of our best evenings. My wife and I, of course, were dancing at that time also. So what made it the highlight was the fact that we were able to dance to the big band, which was Vaughn Monroe, and everything that went with it. The Policemans’ Ball did an excellent job in sponsoring this particular event.”
“I come from a suburb of Boston in Salem and it’s cold and chilly and it’s really great to come out and drink and be with friends,” Ed Lavore of Sun City and president of the Line Dance Club said.
If you still haven’t decided on where to celebrate New Year’s Eve this year, tickets for the celebration at the Sundial auditorium, 14801 North 103rd Ave. can be purchased Friday night from 6:45 to 8 p.m. There will be no dance on Friday. The Friday Night and Saturday Night dance club members’ cost is $10 and $20 for non-members. Tickets purchased at the door on Saturday will be $20 for everyone. Tickets can also be purchased by calling Joann Dove, 623-266-4388. Casual attire is not permitted. The Three Amigos will be the entertainment for the night.
Tina Gamez can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 623-876-2528.