Carson City can ring in the New Year in grand New York fashion - or at least on New York time.
The Carson City Library Foundation is hosting its second annual Big Apple New Year's Eve Party. Although it will draw on a New York atmosphere, the true appeal is the time difference, according to organizer Phyllis Patton.
"We felt there was a group of people out there who did not enjoy going out to casinos and partying all night," said Patton, chairwoman of the library foundation. "In New York, it's all over and done with by 9 o'clock (Pacific time)."
And for those who want to greet 2010 at midnight, she said, they can continue on to another celebration afterward.
The party, hosted by Mayor Bob Crowell and his wife, Susan, will serve as a fundraiser to build a new downtown library.
It will begin at 6 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, music for dancing and New York-themed decor.
A silent auction will feature gifts ranging from spa treatments to pet supplies to house-cleaning services.
There also will be a live auction, the highlight of which is two tickets to meet best-selling author Greg Mortensen in March.
The Carson City Library will kick off a community-wide reading event in February, encouraging everyone to read "Three Cups of Tea," by Mortensen and David Oliver Relin.
It will culminate with Mortensen's visit to Carson City on March 9. The tickets being sold in the live auction are to a sold-out meet and greet with the author.
Tickets to the party are $50 and should be purchased by Monday. For more information, or to reserve tickets, call Patton at 885-9807.