Last $5 New Year’s Salem ticket’s offered today

SALEM – Today is the last day people can buy their tickets for $5 per person for the New Year’s Eve Salem celebration set to begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 31, with the price going up to $8 per person beginning Christmas Day and at the door.

Tickets are available at all Salem area banks, Salem Giant Eagle, the Salem Community Center and the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. Children 10 and under are free.

“We need the support of the community to keep this going,” NYES committee member Randy Strader said. “It’s for the community.”

This year marks the 10th year for the event, which remains true to its original premise of being an alcohol-free, family-oriented New Year’s Eve party, with great entertainment and food for all tastes and all ages.

“It’s a community effort to provide some clean entertainment. We want to keep doing it because it offers so much variety,” Strader said.

Venues for this year include the Masonic Temple at 788 E. State St., where bands will provide a little rock’n’roll, the steel drum sound of the tropics and some bluegrass to get the feet tappin’.

For listeners with an ear for those gospel harmonies, the Episcopal Church of Our Savior at 870 E. State St., will serve as the place to be.

The Salem Memorial Building at 785 E. State St. will once again dabble in magic and children’s music, along with some acoustic folk tunes.

Strader said they’re hoping for better weather this year and kept the prices down as a support to the community. He said all the entertainers have played at New Year’s Eve Salem in previous years, with the exception of John Volio,

who’s new this year. Many of the bands have staying power.

Strader’s own musical experience dates back 53 years when his band, Randy & the Renegades hit the big time as part of Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars with the 1962 hit record “4-SPEED.” For nearly a decade now, it’s been a family affair with Randy playing lead guitar, his son Jeff playing drums and his son Brandon playing bass guitar as the “Tribute” band.

Another longtime band set to perform is Abbey Road, a Beatles tribute band, with original member John Gilbert of Salem still playing after 30 years.

Both bands will rock out the Masonic Temple, along with the Sugar Tree Alley Band, Stormn Normn, local World War II veteran Robert Zelenak and the Stockdale Family Band.

Performers at the Episcopal Church of Our Savior will include Rich and Kathy Small, Ted Thorne, God’s Quad, The Hired Hands and Loving God Quartet.

In the Memorial Building gymnasium, the entertainment will include magic by Tom Phoolery beginning at 5:30 p.m., children’s music by DJ Jay Whitman and folk music by Dulci-More, John Volio, and Bill Schilling and Leanna Dugan.

Food at the venues will include: the Salem Area Amateur Radio Association with hot dogs, kielbasa dogs, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, water and pop at the Memorial Building; cookies, snacks and soft drinks at the Episcopal Church; and sandwiches, snacks and soft drinks at the Masonic Temple.

Back again this year will be attorney Fred Naragon’s train display at the Sugar Tree Alley Depot, via the Sugar Tree Alley entrance to Naragon’s law office from 6 to 10 p.m.

The Salem Historial Society will offer a New Year’s Around the Nations display from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Dale Shaffer Research Library Meeting Room. International cookies and wassail will be available. The display will be open again from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 5, weather permitting.

Check the website at for the event schedule. To volunteer, call the New Year’s Eve Salem number at 330-817-6693.