At a glance: Happy New Year

By From page B2 | January 01, 2014 conducted a global poll asking for the world’s “Strangest New Year’s Custom.” After all the submissions the social network came up with some pretty strange customs.

A town in central Chile won the poll by having locals gather on New Year’s Eve in the town cemetery to welcome in the new year with dead relatives. At least the dead realities don’t eat all the food, drink all the drinks and make a big mess.

The only U.S. custom to make it into the top 10 was the “possum-drop” that takes place in Brasstown, North Carolina. It was ranked sixth. A possum is placed in a transparent box and then is lowered over a crowd. Not too sure what this accomplishes other than scaring the possum but “the possum capital of the world” must think it is cool.

The fourth place celebration was flinging furniture out of the window in the Hillsboro district in Johannesburg. The people toss everything from microwaves to beds out, even from tall buildings putting extra heft behind the theory out with the old and in with the new.

No matter the celebration let’s hope 2014 is full of good things and good times.


Good times

The good times get going at Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, 425 Main St. in Placerville, with Doug Not Josh playing on Thursday, Jan. 2 at 8 p.m. On Friday, Jan. 3 there is karaoke at 9 p.m. and then Saturday, Jan. 4 night features the Randon Strangers at 9. Just Chillin’ is back on Sunday, Jan. 5 at 1 p.m. This is a fun venue to hear good music and visit with friends. For more information call 530-626-1091.


Cool time

The Rusty Buckets is appearing at the Cool Beerwerks, 5020 Ellinghouse Drive in Cool, for an evening of hip-shakin’, boot stomping bluegrass, reggae, funk and brews on Friday, Jan. 3. For more information on this new brewery call 530-885-5866.


Last chance

Sunday, Jan. 5 is the last day to do some axels, camel spins or layback spins at the Hangtown Holiday Ice RinEscabar_Mimik at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The rink was presented by the Placerville Drive Business Association and has been a lot of fun for people to use. The last session is at 8 p.m. For events, fees and more information visit



The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce is having a mixer and ribbon cutting at CrossFit Bios, 4667 Golden Foothill Parkway, Suite 108, in El Dorado Hills, on Wednesday, Jan. 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This is the first mixer of the year and will have plenty of networking opportunities, delicious appetizers by Ruffhaus Hot Dog Co., no-host bar by MORE and prizes.


Crabby time

The 16th annual Crab Banquets to benefit the Pioneer Volunteer Firefighters Association are set for Saturdays — Jan. 11, 18, 25 and Feb. 1. in Fair Play. The fund-raisers are at Perry Creek Winery on the first two Saturdays and at Skinner Winery on the second two. Seating is at 5:30 p.m. and the meal starts at 6 p.m. The banquet includes hors d’oeuvres, clam chowder, salad, raviolis with sauce, fresh cold cracked Dungeness crab with warm clarified butter, cheesecake, French bread and coffee. Wine is also available for additional charge. The banquets have raised money to purchase structure fire clothing, self-contained breathing apparatus and other equipment for the PVFA. For tickets call 530-306-4852 or go to

Mimi Escabar

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