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The party no teen is invited to

Bianca Gordon

When reminiscing about New Years past, memories of festive parties, flowing champagne and a dropping ball at the stroke of midnight probably fill your mind. However, this typical scene is not an opportunity for everyone, especially the under-21 crowd. What is an adolescent allowed to do for any fun during this classic hangover holiday?

Could it even be possible to give kids a good time with the same amount of social activity and holiday cheer without the alcohol of an adult party? It certainly seems not, because to me that is not the attitude of this town, or anywhere for that matter. The idea of giving kids something to do without the fear of illegal substances or immoral activities involved is not a priority. I try not to fault just this community, even though it appears that the Vail Town Council doesn’t seem to care. After all, they voted down a new Crossroads that would have provided families with a bowling alley and a theater to use on a Saturday night. I say it is not just this community, because kids I have met from here to Denver to across the country, all complain of nothing to do on their weekend nights. The typical scene of a shady house party usually reigns supreme for adolescent night life. Also, I notably leave out teens from all over the globe because international friends of mine make no complaints about the under-21 club life.

Although it’s easy to point out the problem, it’s much harder to find a solution. I commend certain groups that have gallantly tried to host an entertaining event for young people on New Year’s Eve. However, I have been told and know first-hand that these events aren’t that enjoyable and even if they are, usually don’t get that great of a turn-out.



How could they, when the events I attended were held at Dobson. When we could practically peer into the windows of a raging New Year’s party occurring on the streets of Vail, infamous for its raucous revelry, it was hard to enjoy the fake New Year’s gathering we were trapped in. No one can deny society has made New Year’s Eve legendary for excessive drinking and partying, and we teens feel so close, and yet so far away from that elusive New Year’s culture.

It’s just too hard to please those darn teens, and honestly I can’t argue with you. We’re pretty harsh when it comes to criticism, or so I’m told on a daily basis – thank you, mom.



There is only one idea I have. Instead of trying desperately to give kids something to do that can satisfy their idea of a good time on New Year’s without alcohol involved, why not have adults change their behavior? After all, New Year’s is symbolic of a time to be merry whilst celebrating a new year, a new beginning. On one hand, there is the party that could include all ages and varieties of fun to embrace the New Year. On the other hand, there are the gruesome details of a monstrous hangover with a side of regrettable decisions on the first day of the New Year: which start to 2006 would you prefer?


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