Skate, eat, dance your way into ’15

With New Year’s Eve in the middle of the week next Wednesday, Homer revelers can choose from celebrations from sedate to rowdy. This year, two old favorites are back with the return of Edible Arts at Bunnell Street Arts Center and the reopening under new management of Alice’s Champagne Palace.

Those wanting a more low-key, early celebration can start New Year’s Eve out with skating at the Kevin Bell Ice Arena. Work off holiday pounds starting at 3 p.m. For art you can eat as well as admire, the viewing is 6-8 p.m. at Bunnell Street Arts Center followed by devouring of art from 8-9 p.m. Cruise next door to AJ’s Old Town Steakhouse and Tavern for music by Johnny B. Raise a glass and celebrate the New Year with friends back east on their time zone at 8 p.m. 

The serious dancing and music starts at 9 p.m. with Los Holy Santos Gang at Alice’s followed by bands and DJs starting at 10 p.m. at The Alibi, Kharacters and the Down East Saloon.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at

The Alibi

453 E. Pioneer Ave.

10 p.m., Michael Hurd
and Fractal Theory laser-light show

Midnight, champagne toast


Alice’s Champagne Palace

195 E. Pioneer Ave.

9 p.m., Los Holy Santos Gang

Los Holy Santos Gang plays rock, folk, America and alt-Country, but has pioneered a style it calls Frontier Rock. 


AJ’s Old Town Steakhouse
and Tavern Pub

120 W. Bunnell Ave.

6-9 p.m., Johnny B

8 p.m. champagne toast

The classic Old Town steakhouse starts the New Year’s Eve festivities off early with piano music by Johnny B starting at 6 p.m. For those who want to celebrate later at home, there’s a champagne toast at 8 p.m. — midnight, New York City time.


Bunnell Street Arts Center

106 W. Bunnell Ave.

New Year’s Eve Edible Art Party

6-8 p.m. View art

8-9 p.m. Devour art

Back again after a short hiatus, Edible Art is not just art to admire — it’s art you can eat. Create an edible art piece and win spectacular prizes. Entries are accepted noon-5 p.m., and the show opens at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for children under 12, $10 adults.


Down East Saloon

Mile 3 East End Road

10 p.m., English Bay Band

Ring in the New Year with the English Bay Band, an Alaska Native rock band from the village of Nanwalek, once known as English Bay.

Their unique twist to crowd-pleasing tunes gets people up and on the dance floor. Smoke Free.


Kevin Bell Ice Arena

3150 Homer Spit Road

3:30 p.m. Public skating

Celebrate the New Year with the family with ice skating at the Kevin Bell Ice Arena.



Pioneer Avenue and Shelford Street

10 p.m., Yellow Cabin and Barroom Roses, 

Midnight, champagne toast

The old 1930s era Homer Post Office gets lively for New Year’s with Yellow Cabin and Barroom Roses.


Land’s End Resort 

4786 Homer Spit Road 

10 p.m., dance music

10 a.m.-3 p.m. New Year’s Day, holiday brunch.

Land’s End Resort features dinner in the Chart Room with specials featuring filet mignon, king crab and basil crusted halibut. Out-of-town guests or locals looking for a backyard getaway can stay overnight with special deals that feature lodging and dinner for two and two glasses of wine with dinner. A holiday brunch is served on New Year’s Day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


Otter Room

Best Western Bidarka Inn

575 Sterling Highway

Midnight, champagne toast

The Otter Room continues its New Year’s Eve tradition with a classic champagne toast at midnight.


Salty Dawg Saloon

Ramp 1, Homer Harbor, Homer Spit

Midnight, champagne toast

One of the most photographed landmarks in Homer will put the lighthouse light on for New Year’s Eve with a champagne toast at midnight.


Free Taxi Rides

Kostas Cab offers free rides in the Homer area from 7 p.m. New Year’s Eve to 7 a.m. New Year’s Day. For rides, call 399-8008.

Kachecab also offers free rides in the Homer area from 7 p.m. New Year’s Eve to 7 a.m. New Year’s Day. Call 235-1950.

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