Life is all about celebration. In fact, that is why Kelly Revels and Bryce Brock along with their cohorts at The Vine wanted to open The Greenhouse, an event space inspired by its namesake on St. Simons Island.
They knew that New Year’s Eve would be the perfect time to share the venue with the community — and for a good cause. Mary Glen Galloway, event organizer, says the Vine team is hosting a Silent Disco to benefit Hospice of the Golden Isles. The concept, which has become popular in larger cities, pairs attendees with headphones that allows for the party to continue, nonstop.
“When the silent disco headphones are on, the sound is crisp and clear anywhere in the venue — whether you are in front, in the back or even in line for the restroom. And since both, you and the DJ are wearing headphones, guests can hear the music exactly how it is intended to be heard in true stereo sound regardless of your position in the audience,” she said.
“There are actually two channels on each set of silent disco headphones. This allows the ability to transmit two separate frequencies of music at the same time, in the same venue, to the same audience. Along with volume control, the listeners have full control over which channel they listen to enabling a choice not attainable with traditional speaker systems.”
Galloway is excited to offer something that’s a bit untraditional. That would also allow an energetic atmosphere while the $75 ticket price benefits the local charity, which is special to Greenhouse owners.
The party, which begins at 9 p.m. Dec. 31, will also include an open bar and late night snacks. Tickets are available at www.thegreenhousessi.com. Galloway feels it will be a wonderful way to welcome 2019.
New Years Eve is a great way to celebrate all your accomplishments of the year alongside good friends, good food, and a good and different experience/atmosphere that’s for a good cause,” she said. “The Greenhouse is a unique venue in that in one minute you’re on Frederica Road and next you’re in a secret garden tucked away with these intermixing contemporary and island vibes.”
Of course, the Silent Disco won’t be the only event going down. Throughout the Golden Isles, party-goers will have several options for fun on Tuesday evening.
Like the ladies at the Vine, Tyler Roberson is also gearing up to host a NYE event at Ember in Retreat Plaza on St. Simons Island. Local musician Michaele Hannemann and Ambigous will begin playing at 9:30 p.m. with an eclectic mix of dance, alternative, soul and rock. Complimentary party hats, noise makers and confetti will be given to the late stayers along with some party snacks. The restaurant will host a balloon drop, a champagne toast, a bubble stomp, as well as raffles.
“We will watch the ball drop in Time Square with Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarty at Mas Lounge or Ember Patio Gallery,” Roberson said. They will also offer “resolution jars” on each table. Guests are encouraged write New Year’s resolution and name on a card and place in the cup.
“Throughout the evening we will draw several resolutions from the cups and announce on stage. We thought this would be a fun way to interact with each other and get a good laugh,” Roberson said.
MAS Lounge, also owned by Roberson and is connected to Ember, will also be open for those looking for a more casual experience. The lounge features pool tables, dart boards and a Touch Tunes jukebox which doubles as a free photo booth for NYE pics.
“The lounge features leather sofas and coffee tables, along with bar seating. It is perfect for larger parties, who only wish to get apps and cocktails,” Roberson said.
The full dinner menu will be offered at both Ember and MAS. “It will be a night remembered,” she said.
Like Roberson, Dennis Riley is also looking forward to helping guests make memories. The director of food and beverage at Echo on St. Simons Island says the restaurant nestled in the King and Prince Hotel will also host a soiree to welcome 2019. The location will host dining options as well a late night party with entertainment.
“We are right here on the Atlantic Ocean. It is a very elegant and historical building. It’s a really fun atmosphere. We will have two bands that will draw a crowd,” he said. “It will be a great place for New Year’s Eve.”
While St. Simons Island will be hopping, several venues on Jekyll Island will also be swinging.
The Beach House, a restaurant, bar and hotel on the state owned island, will be hosting a party for the evening. Holly White says the location will be offering a dinner as well as a party. The area director of sales and marketing of NorthPointe Hospitality Management LLC, managing group of the Beach House, said there will be a DJ providing music in the hotel’s ballroom. Attendees also can reserve a room for a reduced rate in addition to the party’s ticket.
Participants also have the luxury of not driving that night and staying at either Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island or the newly renovated Beachview Club Hotel. Both hotels are offering reduced rates for New Year’s Eve,” White said. “There will be a dancing, a cash bar and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. The event will be held in the restaurant’s ballroom from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. and is $85 per person. Reservations may be made online at jibeachhouse.com or by calling 912-319-0033.”
Not to be outdone, downtown Brunswick is also throwing down at Tipsy McSway’s. Owner Susan Bates wanted to offer an option for those in the area so they can avoid getting on the road. A $5 cover charge offers entertainment and a champagne toast at midnight.
“I have the 90’s band Super Soaker playing from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. I do a NYE Party so people that live in in the downtown Brunswick area have a closer place to bring in the new year. Fewer cars on the streets … trying to keep people safe,” Bates said.