Many Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

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EUGENE, Ore. — The city of Eugene played host to a number of different events Tuesday for anyone looking to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

The Valley River Inn brought in Satin Love Orchestra to deliver some funk for the holiday.

“It’s a ’70s style music. ’70s style, ’80s dance music. A lot of fun. A lot of jumping around and dancing and enjoying yourself,” said George Rogers, General Manager of the Valley River Inn.

For those looking for some fun without the funk, they didn’t have to look far to find more than 500 people with the same thing in mind.

The First Run is an opportunity to start the year off with a workout.

“We put on the First Run each and every year on New Year’s for folks to get the opportunity to start the new year with health and wellness in mind,” said James Houghton, owner of Level 32 Racing.

Downtown at the Hult Center, they were starting 2014 on a high note — at the opera.

“We have singers from all around the world. Stars from the Metropolitan Opera, international stars; a cast that could be seen anywhere, but tonight (Tuesday) we have it in Eugene,” said Mark Beudert, General Director of the Eugene Opera.

At 16 Tons on 13th Avenue, they were celebrating the new year more than once.

“We do a coast-to-coast toast. So, starting at 4 o’clock, we’re toasting in the European New Year, 9 o’clock we’re toasting in the East Coast New Year and so forth,” said 16 Tons owner Mike Coplin.

Each toast came with a surprise keg delivered from its respective region.

However you like to celebrate, the organizers of the events say they love putting on a diverse range of activities.

“That’s how we start off the new year in this community,” said Beudert. “We bring the best opera there is, we bring it to our home, the Hult Center. We start off the new year with a bang.”

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