Originally created 11/18/99

New Year's Eve party plans unveiled

With only 43 days left in 1999, organizers of the Celebrate 2000 New Year's Eve street party have plans well under way to ring in 2000.

A tentative schedule for the event was released Wednesday, detailing live entertainment for three outdoor stages.

For the event, Augusta will close off a portion of Broad Street. Beginning at 3 p.m. on New Year's Eve, gates will open for the event, which will be held from Sixth through 12th streets.

Daylong activities include live entertainment by more than 14 bands. Among acts scheduled to appear are The Impressions, Shiloh and Impulse Ride.

Activities for children, which begin at 3 p.m., are scheduled in the Family Zone. Activities will be held at Augusta-Richmond County Museum and Imperial Theatre. Entertainment includes face-painting, a play by Augusta Art Factory, special millennium crafts and games, and a chance to help paint a mural reflecting Augusta's past, present and future.

Vendors along Broad Street will sell food and souvenirs. Beginning at 6 p.m., beer and champagne will be sold at four tents by the Augusta Regatta.

At 11:45 p.m., Augusta Mayor Bob Young will appear on stage No. 3 for the millennium countdown. At midnight, fireworks will illuminate the sky over Broad Street while confetti is fired from cannons.

Buttons for entry to the party cost $5 for adults and $2 for children 10 and younger if purchased before Dec. 1. After Dec. 1, admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Shuttle services will be provided from Regency Mall and are expected to run every half hour. Another shuttle location is expected but has yet to be determined.

Buttons for admission to the Celebrate 2000 New Year's Eve Party are available in Augusta at [as]The Augusta Chronicle[xs] cashier's office, 725 Broad St.; Warren Road Community Center, 300 Warren Road; Sacred Heart Cultural Center's gift shop, 1301 Greene St.; First Union Bank, 699 Broad St.; Home Folks News and Music, Columbia Square, 4020 Washington Road and Southgate Plaza; Sun Trust Bank, 801 Broad St.; and Fox's Lair, 349 Telfair St.

Admission buttons also are on sale:

  • In North Augusta at Communigraphics, 507 Georgia Ave.; People's Community Bank, 519 Georgia Ave.; and Riverview Park Activities Center.

  • In Aiken at The Chronicle's South Carolina Bureau, 123 Pendleton St., and People's Community Bank, 1715 Whiskey Road.
  • In Columbia County at The Columbia County News-Times, 4143 Columbia Road.
  • Celebrate 2000 is a yearlong effort coordinated locally by The Chronicle to usher in the new year. It includes community events and special promotions designed to draw attention to the area's past, present and future.

    Other Celebrate 2000 sponsors include WRDW News Channel 12, the Davis Broadcasting and Beasley Broadcasting radio groups, and the cities of Augusta and North Augusta.

    Reach Barnini Chakraborty at (706) 823-3332 newsroom@augustachronicle.com.

    Tentative schedule

    Stage 1

    3 p.m: Gates open

    3:30 p.m.: Creative Impressions

    4:30 p.m.: Country Kickers

    6 p.m.: Oakey Grove Baptist Church Choir

    7 p.m.: Tony Howard featuring Amy Cafaro

    8:30 p.m.: Liquid Ride

    10:30 p.m.: Shiloh

    Stage 2

    3 p.m.: Gates open

    5 p.m.: Mo Jo

    7 p.m.: Jemani and the Organizers

    8:30 p.m.: Pressha

    10 p.m.: Main Feature

    Stage 3

    3 p.m.: Gates open

    6:30 p.m.: People Who Must

    8:30 p.m.: Impulse Ride

    10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.: The Impressions

    11:45 p.m. -- Mayor and guests on stage 3 for the countdown

    Midnight: Fireworks -- immediately after fireworks, all stages will resume performances


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