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Central Park in the Rockies

Cassie Pence
Special to the Daily Park Avenue band is known for its high energy and interactive show. The 14-member band plays tonight for the Marriott Mountain Resort's New Year's Eve Extravaganza.

LIONSHEAD – With a bit of creative decorating, Marriott Mountain Resort in Lionshead is offering a city-style New Year’s Eve Extravaganza tonight at 8 p.m.You might mistake the ballroom for Central Park in New York City, which is the theme for the evening. Resort Entertainment is bringing in lit trees and a big fence facade to simulate the real entrance to Central Park in New York.Two large video screens will show the actual ball drop in Times Square, and for the Mountain Time turn of the year, balloons in the ballroom will float from the ceiling.But the real treat of the evening, said Food and Beverage Director Chip Nelson, is when the 14-member Park Avenue band takes the stage at 10 p.m. to play everything from 1970s dance classics to reggae to rock to big band and Sinatra.

“We looked at about a dozen different bands. But Park Avenue has a great reputation. The band has played the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs and Brown Palace in Denver. They are very interactive. They have stage dancers that go into the crowd and get them moving,” said Nelson.The evening begins with a gourmet buffet dinner, featuring lamb, beef, fresh seafood, sushi and a risotto station, wild boar, buffalo and shrimp tacos to order. Dinner ends at about 11 p.m. A trio will play for dinner. For those New Year’s Eve revelers hungry after midnight, which most usually are, Marriott will roll out a breakfast buffet at 1 a.m.”The food is phenomenal. It’s such a good value because it includes sushi and carved lamb,” said Nelson.There are two ticket packages to choose from. For $275 ($200 for ages 13-20), guests receive the dinner buffet, dancing, open bar – which includes specialty bars like a martini bar, a wine bar and cordials bar – and breakfast buffet. There is an after-10 p.m. package which includes open bar, dancing and breakfast buffet for $175 ($100 for under 21 folk).

Baby-sitting is available at the Marriott for $110 per child. Childcare starts at 6:30 p.m. and goes through the new year until 1 a.m. The junior ballroom will be broken into age groups and activities are planned accordingly. There will be toys for toddlers and crafts for the older youngsters and age appropriate movies for all. Price includes a kid buffet featuring snacks like chicken fingers to pizza.”We have the best entertainment in the valley. The band is high energy, and anyone who comes is going to have a great time with this band,” said Nelson.For more information or to purchase tickets, call (970) 477-5650.

Arts and Entertainment Editor Cassie Pence can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 618, or cpence@vaildaily.com Vail Colorado

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