If you were looking for a fun time on New Year’s Eve, all you had to do was head down to the Nakusp Senior’s Centre, where local caterer Deb Guest was hosting a New Year’s Eve gala.
The din of conversation could be heard before you even stepped through the doors, and the centre was packed.
Guest wanted to host the event because she wanted to do something for the community.
“There’s nothing ever going on in Nakusp on New Year’s,” she said. “I’m a caterer, and my husband has a band, and I decided to put together a fun party for the people of Nakusp.”
Those hoping to snag any tickets last minute would be disappointed, the event was sold out.
“I had over 20 people call today for more tickets,” said Guest. “Maybe next year, we’ll do it at the Legion or something, somewhere with a bigger venue where we can have those people.”
Some did think ahead, purchasing tickets as far back as November.
“We bought our tickets early, and we thought ‘What if something else comes up?’ because it’s nice to have choice,”said Arlene Parnell. “Nothing else came up, so we’re really glad we got our tickets early. Even if something else had come up, I don’t think we could have made a better choice.”
The gala offered people a chance to dress up and go out.
A five course meal was served, and the food was amazing. The starter was a warm appetizer of shrimp, scallops, and salmon, each garnished in a different way. This was followed by a lobster bisque, salad with a pomegranate vinaigrette, and the main course, chicken supreme, stuffed with sun dried tomato and olive tapenade. Dessert was a sinfully delicious creme brulee.
The bar was off to the side, near the kitchen, and drink tickets were $3 each.
Guest put a lot of thought into meal.
“I looked through books, and recipe cards and stuff like that. I went with a chicken because not everybody eats beef, and a lot of people don’t eat too much fish.”
Music could be heard over the chatter of the people, a variety of artists, which surprisingly included Metallica and their song “Enter Sandman”.
There was a giant party cracker at each table, filled with hats, horns, confetti and more for guests to enjoy, and enjoy themselves they did.
“The idea of getting out, getting out with your husband on New Year’s Eve is kind of special” said Veronica Sargeant. “There’s not often a lot that we can tap into here in Nakusp, so this was a great opportunity.”
After dessert, the tables were moved to make a dance floor while the evening’s entertainment, The Deep Fried String Band, set up.
The band kicked things off with The Beatles classic hit “Eight Days A Week”. People immediately hit the dance floor and stayed there. One thing is for sure, the people of Nakusp know how to cut a rug.
Though people were having fun, many left the party between 10:30 and 11 p.m. About a dozen or so stuck around until midnight, waiting for the chance to ring in the new year.
This was the first time Guest has hosted something like this, but it won’t be the last.
There is talk of potentially hosting another gala for Valentine’s Day.