Local groups ring in the new year with dances, celebrations and more.


Area organizations are holding dances, parties and more for those looking to celebrate Dec. 31.

First Night Dover. All day, downtown Dover. $10 before Friday, Dec. 25, $15 after Dec. 25, free for children 10 and younger when accompanied by a button-wearing adult; buttons (which are used as admission) sold at PNC Bank, Delaware Made General Store, First State Heritage Park Welcome Center at the Delaware Public Archives, Forney’s Too, Halpern Eye Associates, and Happy Harry’s. 741-8228 or www.firstnightdover.com. Blue Moon New Year’s Eve celebration with champagne toast at midnight, party favors, dinner and dancing. Doors open at 7 p.m., dinner at 7:30, dancing from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Modern Maturity Center, 1121 Forrest Ave., Dover. 734-1200, ext. 167. Dover English Country Dancers’ New Year’s Eve dance, with music by Alexander’s Grand Band, semi-formal attire or period costume, and called dances; no experience necessary. 8 p.m., Ehinger Hall, Elizabeth E. Murphey School, 14 Division St., Dover. Couples and singles welcome. Bring a dish to share. $10 members, $12 non-members. 697-8366 or 697-7858. New Year’s Eve dance with cash bar and light appetizers hosted by the Farmington Ladies Auxiliary. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Farmington Fire House. Must be 21. $25 per couple, $15 per single. 222-0754.