Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you had a great time bidding adieu to 2019 and welcoming 2020. We definitely did.
As downtown devotees, we usually end up in one form or fashion on Market Square for New Year’s Eve, but this year we opted for something entirely different. We booked a cruise down the Tennessee River on the Volunteer Princess with our friends Dawn and Richard Ford.
It’s still downtown. And we added a couple of other downtown stops before we boarded the yacht, but we never did make it to Market Square, which we heard hosted a record crowd for the fun events planned there.
The Volunteer Princess cruise featured champagne at boarding and at midnight; appetizers; a three-course dinner; and dancing to a DJ. We upgraded to a private table for just the four of us. I still thought the cost was reasonable — $100 per person for a three-hour cruise and everything I just mentioned. We bought some additional wine (of course) at very reasonable prices.
The only downside when you book a public event is, well, the public. We chose not to sign up for the “alcohol package:” all you can drink for an extra $50. But some folks did and I think they were trying to get their money’s worth! One beautifully dressed young woman literally fell out of her chair and threw up. Making us doubly glad we had opted for our own table!
Read on for a re-cap. And, again, happy New Year!
Here’s a look at some of that dance floor action:
As promised, here’s Rick Emmett singing “My Most Maddening Things” to the tune of “My Favorite Things.” Yes, it opens with the line: Street lights are shining in Cynthia’s condo. Ha.
I have to admit I did get a little upset when the city installed a street light right outside our living room window. But I never dreamed it would be in a song! Along with mentions of taggers, panhandlers and a guy urinating on the city’s Christmas tree! But I love Rick and we all got a good laugh about it.
See you in 2020!