Newberry rings in the New Year with party, fireworks


A selection of masqueraders, from the left, Mike Mekas, Ned Wallace, Ann Wallace and Maurine Gregory.


Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

A selection of heavy hors d’oeuvres were provided by roughly a dozen local restaurants.


Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

The audience was delighted by Dick Goodwin and his band which played a selection of jazz standards and classic show tunes.


Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

Dancing couples were able to share the stage with the band.


Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

These three handmade Venetian masks were auctioned off to fund raise for the Opera House.


Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

The sights of Christmas were still very prevalent for New Year’s.


Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

Some of the workers who helped make the event possible were Heather Hawkins, left, Ann-Marie Carlisle, center, and Marianne Carlisle.


Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

A masquerading manikin guards the piano.


Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

Dick Goodwin, center holding trumpet, is a staple of the South Carolina music scene.


Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

The Opera House staff began decorating several weeks prior to the event.


Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

Those in attendance gathered in the lobby for desert just after 11 p.m.


Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

Jeff and Pamela Wilson were among the patrons who attended.


Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

Molly Fortune, right, executive director of the Newberry Opera House, alongside her husband, Chris Kemper.


Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

Three masked vigilantes: This was appearantly a coincidence — Dr. Arnold Lovitt, Alan Sterling and Warren Sheppard.


Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

Cookies, cream puffs and miniature cheesecake were among the foods offered to the party-goers.


Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

Rep. Walt McLeod helps himself to some apple cobbler just before midnight.


Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

Classic style masquerade masks were sold for $20 each.


Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

Sparks emanating from the clock tower rang in the new year.


Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

The shower of sparks subsided to reveal a lighted 2016.


Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

Onlookers welcomed the new year in and around Memorial Park.


Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

The City of Newberry co-sponsored a fireworks display along with the Opera House.


Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

New Year’s was brought in with a bang.


Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

A selection of masqueraders, from the left, Mike Mekas, Ned Wallace, Ann Wallace and Maurine Gregory.
http://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_1483.jpgA selection of masqueraders, from the left, Mike Mekas, Ned Wallace, Ann Wallace and Maurine Gregory. Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

A selection of heavy hors d’oeuvres were provided by roughly a dozen local restaurants.
http://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_1484.jpgA selection of heavy hors d’oeuvres were provided by roughly a dozen local restaurants. Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

The audience was delighted by Dick Goodwin and his band which played a selection of jazz standards and classic show tunes.
http://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_1491.jpgThe audience was delighted by Dick Goodwin and his band which played a selection of jazz standards and classic show tunes. Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

Dancing couples were able to share the stage with the band.
http://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_1500.jpgDancing couples were able to share the stage with the band. Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

These three handmade Venetian masks were auctioned off to fund raise for the Opera House.
http://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_1505.jpgThese three handmade Venetian masks were auctioned off to fund raise for the Opera House.Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

The sights of Christmas were still very prevalent for New Year’s.
http://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_1509.jpgThe sights of Christmas were still very prevalent for New Year’s. Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

Some of the workers who helped make the event possible were Heather Hawkins, left, Ann-Marie Carlisle, center, and Marianne Carlisle.
http://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_1511.jpgSome of the workers who helped make the event possible were Heather Hawkins, left, Ann-Marie Carlisle, center, and Marianne Carlisle. Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

A masquerading manikin guards the piano.
http://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_1516.jpgA masquerading manikin guards the piano. Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

Dick Goodwin, center holding trumpet, is a staple of the South Carolina music scene.
http://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_1527.jpgDick Goodwin, center holding trumpet, is a staple of the South Carolina music scene. Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

The Opera House staff began decorating several weeks prior to the event.
http://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_1537.jpgThe Opera House staff began decorating several weeks prior to the event. Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

Those in attendance gathered in the lobby for desert just after 11 p.m.
http://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_1544.jpgThose in attendance gathered in the lobby for desert just after 11 p.m. Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

Jeff and Pamela Wilson were among the patrons who attended.
http://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_1546.jpgJeff and Pamela Wilson were among the patrons who attended. Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

Molly Fortune, right, executive director of the Newberry Opera House, alongside her husband, Chris Kemper.
http://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_1549.jpgMolly Fortune, right, executive director of the Newberry Opera House, alongside her husband, Chris Kemper. Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

Three masked vigilantes: This was appearantly a coincidence — Dr. Arnold Lovitt, Alan Sterling and Warren Sheppard.
http://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_1552.jpgThree masked vigilantes: This was appearantly a coincidence — Dr. Arnold Lovitt, Alan Sterling and Warren Sheppard. Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

Cookies, cream puffs and miniature cheesecake were among the foods offered to the party-goers.
http://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_1554.jpgCookies, cream puffs and miniature cheesecake were among the foods offered to the party-goers. Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

Rep. Walt McLeod helps himself to some apple cobbler just before midnight.
http://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_1555.jpgRep. Walt McLeod helps himself to some apple cobbler just before midnight. Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

Classic style masquerade masks were sold for $20 each.
http://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_1560.jpgClassic style masquerade masks were sold for $20 each. Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

Sparks emanating from the clock tower rang in the new year.
http://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_1564.jpgSparks emanating from the clock tower rang in the new year. Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

The shower of sparks subsided to reveal a lighted 2016.
http://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_1565.jpgThe shower of sparks subsided to reveal a lighted 2016. Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

Onlookers welcomed the new year in and around Memorial Park.
http://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_1568.jpgOnlookers welcomed the new year in and around Memorial Park. Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

The City of Newberry co-sponsored a fireworks display along with the Opera House.
http://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_1576.jpgThe City of Newberry co-sponsored a fireworks display along with the Opera House. Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

New Year’s was brought in with a bang.
http://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_1604.jpgNew Year’s was brought in with a bang. Carson Lambert | The Newberry Observer

A selection of masqueraders, from the left, Mike Mekas, Ned Wallace, Ann Wallace and Maurine Gregory.

A selection of heavy hors d’oeuvres were provided by roughly a dozen local restaurants.

The audience was delighted by Dick Goodwin and his band which played a selection of jazz standards and classic show tunes.

Dancing couples were able to share the stage with the band.

The sights of Christmas were still very prevalent for New Year’s.

Some of the workers who helped make the event possible were Heather Hawkins, left, Ann-Marie Carlisle, center, and Marianne Carlisle.

A masquerading manikin guards the piano.

Dick Goodwin, center holding trumpet, is a staple of the South Carolina music scene.

The Opera House staff began decorating several weeks prior to the event.

Those in attendance gathered in the lobby for desert just after 11 p.m.

Jeff and Pamela Wilson were among the patrons who attended.

Molly Fortune, right, executive director of the Newberry Opera House, alongside her husband, Chris Kemper.

Three masked vigilantes: This was appearantly a coincidence — Dr. Arnold Lovitt, Alan Sterling and Warren Sheppard.

Cookies, cream puffs and miniature cheesecake were among the foods offered to the party-goers.

Rep. Walt McLeod helps himself to some apple cobbler just before midnight.

Classic style masquerade masks were sold for $20 each.

Sparks emanating from the clock tower rang in the new year.

The shower of sparks subsided to reveal a lighted 2016.

Onlookers welcomed the new year in and around Memorial Park.

The City of Newberry co-sponsored a fireworks display along with the Opera House.

New Year’s was brought in with a bang.

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