RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR
MARQUETTE — This weekend calls for a celebration.
On Sunday, Double Trouble Entertainment will host the 29th annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Bash in Marquette. This will be the second year Double Trouble, owned by the Digneit brothers of Marquette, has hosted the popular downtown event.
West Washington Street will be closed between Front Street and Third Street from 11 p.m. Sunday until 1 a.m. Monday for the event, which takes place at the Masonic Building.
For nearly 30 years, the Marquette ball drop took place at the historic Savings Bank Building on the corner of Front and Washington streets. After former sponsors John Prince of JP Electric and the owners of the Savings Bank Building retired, Double Trouble took over responsibilities and moved the event down the block.
This year will be similar to last year’s celebration as the entertainment company plans to “bring the party to the street” while a DJ plays music outside and “pumps everybody up,” said Double Trouble manager Denise Elizondo.
“It’s more of a party now,” she said. “(Last year) everyone was in the street having a good time and listening to music, waiting for the new year.”
As the National Weather Service calls for freezing temperatures and brisk windchill over the weekend, people looking to celebrate the new year comfortably shouldn’t fret. In addition to the ball drop that takes place outside, Double Trouble is also hosting its third annual “Party With A Purpose” inside the Masonic Building from 8 p.m. Sunday to 2 a.m. Monday.
Tickets include a midnight champagne toast and complimentary drink, dessert bar, a 50/50 raffle, free give-aways, contests, photo booth and live music and entertainment.
Local musicians Frank An Da Beanz are scheduled to play from 9 p.m. to midnight in the ball room; Lumi will play from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the red room; and Tease will close the night by playing in the ball room at 12:15 a.m.
There will be four full cash bars, beer tubs and simultaneous streaming of the Marquette and the New York City ball drops, according to the event’s Facebook page.
Tickets are on sale now for $10 per person at the Double Trouble Entertainment office in Harvey, or online at: www.eventbrite .com/e/double-trouble-presents-2018-ball-drop-bash-tickets-40192037466. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $15.
For more information, call Double Trouble Entertainment at 906-273-1283.
Jaymie Depew can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. Her email address is jdepew@miningjournal .net.