SALEM - New Year's Eve Salem remains two weeks away, but the menu is set, the entertainers are booked and the tickets are available to purchase - now organizers just need some volunteers.
In its ninth year, the alcohol-free, family-focused event tends to fall together easier than in the first few years, which NYES coordinator David Schwartz attributes to the great six-member volunteer committee of coordinators working in different areas, including musicians, clerical and promotional people.
"Together, we just make a good group," he said.
Salem High School sophomore Ivy Koons, center, submitted the winning design to be used on New Year’s Eve Salem posters this year, selected from many entries by high school art students. Pictured with Koons from left are, NYES coordinator and performer Bill Schilling, SHS art instructor Lisa Frederick, Koons, SHS junior Courtney Warneke with her runnerup entry and NYES coordinator and performer John Gilbert. Advance tickets are on sale now for New Year’s Eve Salem for $5 at all Salem area banks, Salem Giant Eagle, Salem Historical Society, Salem Community Center and Salem Chamber of Commerce. Learn more: www.newyearsevesalem.com. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)
In a press release issued Sunday, he called the volunteers - the people who watch the entrances to the venues, sell and take tickets, hand out beads and answer questions - the backbone of New Year's Eve Salem.
All volunteers working two or more hours will receive a New Year's Eve Salem admission ticket good at all entertainment venues. People of all ages, couples and families can volunteer by calling the New Year's Eve Salem hotline at 330-817-6693 and leaving a
message with their name, phone number and number of people volunteering.
Someone will call back about the orientation meeting set for Dec. 30 at the Salem Chamber of Commerce meeting room, with entry through the door off of the alley beside the building.
New Year's Eve Salem includes six different venues covering rock-n-roll, gospel, bluegrass, country and folk music, children's entertainment with a magician, a ventriloquist, and a singer, and venues with a model train display and a historical display. Food offerings will include pizza at every site, a hot dog bar and kielbasa and a turkey dinner.
The Kent State University City Center will have rock 'n' roll, the Salem Masonic Temple will feature bluegrass and country, the Church of Our Saviour (Episcopal) will offer old-fashioned gospel, all starting at 6 p.m. and the Memorial Building will offer the children's venue beginning at 5:30 p.m. Beginning at 8:30 p.m., the red room on the third floor of the Memorial Building will feature folk music.
Train enthusiasts can visit the Sugartree Alley Railroad Depot at the rear of Fred Naragon's law office to see the model train display from 6 to 10 p.m. History buffs will have the opportunity to see Music and Toys of the Baby Boomers at the new Dale Shaffer Research Library off of South Lundy Avenue from 4:30 to 8 p.m.
New entertainment this year will include local popular country/rock artist Zach Paxson at the Masonic Temple, the Loving God Gospel Quartet at the Episcopal Church of Our Savior and ventriloquist Daniel Jay at the Memorial Building.
Robert Zelenek, an 86-year-old World War II veteran from the area, will play guitar and sing during Abbey Road's first set at the KSU City Center.
Return acts who weren't involved last year include Salem's Ted Thorne at the gospel venue and Jason Alan with his magic show at the Memorial Building.
The rest of the lineups include: the Sugartree Alley steel drum band, Abbey Road and the Tribute Band at the KSU City Center; Allegheny Drifters and the Stockdale Family Band at the Masonic Temple; God's Quad and Bill Schilling & Linda Sigismondi at the Episcopal Church of Our Savior; and Chip Richter and The Chip Munks Band at the children's venue in the Memorial Building. Schilling and Sigismondi and Dulci-More will perform folk music in the red room at the Memorial Building.
A grand finale featuring performers from the various venues, a balloon drop and the singing of "Auld Lang Syne" will take place at the KSU City Center beginning at 11 p.m. and ending after midnight.
Tickets for New Year's Eve Salem cost $5 for advance tickets or $8 for tickets sold after Christmas or at the door. All children under 10 years of age are free with a paid adult accompanying them.
Tickets can be purchased at Salem Giant Eagle, Salem Community Center, all Salem banks, Salem Chamber of Commerce and the Salem Historical Society.
Mary Ann Greier can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org