It’s ‘that’ time again! New Years on the Brazos! Celebrate New Years in Lake Jackson, E. Columbia, Surfside, Brazoria, W. Columbia, Freeport, Clute, Oyster Creek, Sargant, Damon, Angleton. You’re sure to run into old friends and make lots of new ones anywhere on the Brazos this New Years Eve! Check out this weekend’s calendar for New Year’s Eve specials and guaranteed fun~
Thought it’d be fun to delve into the history of some of our New Year traditions and learn just how they came about – here’s what I found:
Babylonians were the first to celebrate New Years…4,000 years ago. Their celebrations took place in Spring and lasted up to 11 days! I feel cheated only being allowed one night!
Ancient Greeks and Romans drank wine served from a common pitcher with a piece of burnt bread (toast) placed in the wine bowl to absorb the excess acidity of the wine. The last person to drink from the wine vessel was supposed to eat the toast. And I thought eating the Tequila worm was bad!“Toasting’ became common at festivals and celebrations of all sorts.
Kissing: Why does everyone rush to find someone special to kiss at the stroke of midnight? No one really knows how it got started, but it is said that the person you kiss on New Years is the person whose affection you shall continue to receive for the next 12 months. So Pucker Up for Mr. or Ms. Right this Saturday Night!
Screaming, Noise Making: While this does seem a natural extension of drunken merry making it actually has more superstitious origins. Seems the devil is particularly adverse to loud noises; so we blow noise-makers, holler, hoot and howl at the stroke of midnight to chase the horned scamp away for another year. Church bells clang after weddings for the same reason: to scare the evil spirits away from the newly blessed couple. And I always thought it was to mask the sobbing!
New Years is the time we look in 2 directions simultaneously: to the past and to the future, just as Janus, the 2 faced god of beginnings and transitions in ancient Roman mythology did. One thing that will always be part of any beginning or transition of mine is: music – the more the merrier. Can you imagine any meaningful celebration without music to express the sentiment of the occasion? Unthinkable!
A Toast to 2012: Let’s make it a musical year to remember!
Jen’s Weekly !LIVE! Music Calendar:
Ring in the New Year with Your Favorite Band at your Favorite Venue!
Thursday, Dec. 29 – Sunday Jan 1, 2012
Th Belles Landing, E. Columbia: Benny Notgrass and Matt Edquist in the loft
Th Cooter Browns Country Club, Brazoria: TBA
Th Mulberry Bar and Grill, Angleton: Karaoke
Th Pier 30, Surfside: Th Shady’s Porch Pub , Angleton:
Th Scotties Lounge, Freeport: Juke Box Fun!
Friday Dec 30
Fr Angleton Icehouse:
Fr Hammerhead Bar, Surfside:
Fr Ronnie’s Icehouse, Brazoria:
Fr Tammy’s Tavern, Freeport:
Saturday, Dec 31 NEW YEARS EVE!
Sa Angleton Icehouse: Happy Hour 6-9; New Years Eve for 2: Steak and Wine: $25.95
Sa Beach Bait and Tackle, Surfside
Sa The Clarion,(B’port Coll.) Clute: Next Scheduled Performance: 1/21/2012
Sa Lake Jackson Civic Center, Lake Jackson: Intercoastal Pirates and Jammin Jay (DJ)
$65 for Dinner/Dance; $40 Dance Only: 7:30 to 12:30
Sa Pier 30, Surfside: Citizen X (Rock/Pop); The Liars (Rock/Reggae/Blues): NYE Spectacular (reservations recommended) includes: Prime Rib & Smoked Quail Dinner/Sides/Dessert/ + Champagne (w/reservations only); 1000+ Balloon Drop/Giveways and More! 7pm! NO COVER CHARGE! 59.99 per couple for dinner package – must have reservations for dinner spectacular!
Sa Ronnie’s Icehouse, Brazoria:
Sa Rumors Nightclub, Freeport:
Sa Scotties Lounge, Freeport: Party Favors: Home-Style Cooking Served to Ring in the New Year: Ham, Black-eyed peas, cabbage. NO COVER CHARGE!
Sa Tammy’s Tavern, Freeport: Blast from the Past Olides RockSa West of the Brazos: Damon
Sunday, Jan 1, 2012!
Su Bridge Bait and Tackle, Surfside: Could be anyone who shows up and wants to jam!
See You on The Brazos!