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This New Year's Eve promises to be one of the best ever. The following is only a sample of the different kinds of parties and dinners being offered. There's something for everyone, complete with festive decorations, streamers, noisemakers, dancing, fireworks, good food and champagne. Some are black tie, while others call for dressy attire, casual attire, or costumes and tattoos. Whatever your plans are to welcome 1997, have a great time and don't drink and drive.


Admiral Fell Inn, 888 S. Broadway, Fells Point. 9 p.m. New Year's package, $399 a couple plus taxes, includes dining and dancing in the inn's rooftop ballroom; midnight fireworks; buffet by Savannah; champagne all evening; open bar; valet parking; accommodations; and Savannah's New Year's Day brunch. $199 a couple for party only and $100 for singles; black tie optional. (410) 522-7377.

Belvedere Hotel, Charles Street at Chase. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Truffles at the Belvedere is having a New Year's Eve gala in the grand ballroom; music by the Helmut Licht Orchestra; seated dinner choices of prime rib or chicken Belvedere; danish and coffee at 12: 30 a.m.; reservations a must; $70 a person, plus tax; black tie. (410) 332-1000.

Bicentennial Bash, Hyatt Regency Baltimore, 300 Light St. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Black tie optional; music by the Klassix, Freddie Stevens and the Big Dog Band; buffet dinner served till midnight; open bar; hats; noisemakers; Inner Harbor fireworks; midnight champagne toast; $89 a person, limited seating. For $139 a couple, you can have dinner in Berry & Elliot's with a choice of appetizers, salads and entrees; champagne at midnight; or you can combine the dinner with bash tickets for $199 a couple. The hotel also offers a package deal that includes a guest room, $335-$475, or a suite, $650-$975, a couple; tickets to the bash; a bottle of champagne in your room. If you would like to throw in dinner at Berry & Elliot's before the bash, add another $139. Reservations, call (410 528-1234.

The Crystal Ball, the Warehouse at Harborview, 1225 Key Highway. 9 p.m. More than 1,000 people expected. A benefit for the South Baltimore Homeless Shelter; music by Tony Berry and New Money and the Delta Devils; catering by the Brass Elephant; cash bar for cocktails, but there will be complimentary wine, champagne and beer; fortune tellers are expected; black tie optional; $65 tickets must be bought in advance. Call (410) 539-0761.

Sheraton Inner Harbor, 300 S. Charles St. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Ken and Suzanne Singleton and a host of Oriole legends will join partygoers. This package offers overnight accommodations; validated self parking; cocktails and appetizers; open bar; three-course dinner; Robert Mondavi wines; three-piece jazz combo and solo pianist; view of fireworks; desserts; champagne; bloody Mary brunch New Year's Day in McHenry's; late check-out. $199 per couple, $100 is tax-deductible and benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; black tie optional. Reservations a must. Call hot line, (410) 347-1854.

Tattoo Masquerade Ball, Radisson Plaza, Calvert ballroom, Lord Baltimore Hotel, 20 W. Baltimore St. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Music by the Nighthawks and guest blues artist Dean Rosenthal; prizes for best costumes and best tattoos; lots of food, beer, soft drinks, coffee, cash bar and champagne at midnight; $65 per person if you reserve your tickets by today or $75 at the door; P.O. Box 1707 Annapolis, Md. 21404, or call (410) 551-7775 for party reservation. The hotel is offering a rate of $139 for up to four people in the room; call hotel (800) 333-3333 for room reservations.


Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn, 545 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Open bar; black-tie gala reception and dinner dance; appetizers; dinner served 9 p.m.; music by Fresh Air, a 10-piece band that plays big band as well as Top 10 from the '80s and '90s; champagne toast at midnight. $200 a couple plus tax and gratuity for the party; you can spend the night for $69 plus 13 percent hotel tax or $79, which includes breakfast for two. Call (410) 785-7000, Ext. 6247, for reservations.

Sheraton Baltimore North, 903 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson. 8 p.m.-1: 30 a.m. Open bar, hot Top-40 dance mixes; all-you-can-eat buffet; $219 per couple with room or $49.95 per person for party at Warfield's; black tie optional. At 7: 30 p.m.-1 a.m. in Carnegie's, open bar; hors d'oeuvres; four-course surf-and-turf dinner; $295 per couple with room, or $175 per couple without room; black tie. Reservations a must. Call (410) 321-7400.

Simply Elegant New Year's Eve Bash, Oregon Ridge Park. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. The Owings Mills-based Simply Elegant Catering is sponsoring the event at Oregon Ridge. Dance music provided by Tim Oliver of Music Pak; open bar all night; champagne toast at midnight; buffet dinner 9 p.m.-12 a.m.; breakfast at 12: 30 a.m.; seating limited; $55 a person; black tie. Directions to Oregon Ridge: take Interstate 83 north, Exit 20B, Shawan Road west; go to first light, make a left turn on Beaver Dam Road, go half a mile, and Oregon Ridge is on right. Call (410) 363-3466 for reservations.


Hilton Columbia, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia. Two package deals: Dinner package consists of a five-course meal for two at Morgan's, $87.95 inclusive, and includes champagne, dinner; overnight package includes five-course dinner for two, $170 inclusive, champagne and chocolates on arrival; reservations required; black tie optional. Call (410) 997-1060.

Turf Valley Resort & Conference Center, 2700 Turf Valley Road, Ellicott City. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. very dressy to formal evening begins at open premium bar; live band; hors d'oeuvres buffet; champagne; hats and noisemakers; midnight breakfast buffet; $80 a person. The overnight package with the gala is $260 a couple plus tax and gratuity. A quiet dinner for two in Alexandra's, overnight accommodations, breakfast buffet and VIP cordial package, costs $190 a couple plus tax and gratuity. Call (410) 465-1500, Ext. 220, 221 or 222.


Imperial Hotel, 208 High St., Chestertown. 6 p.m. seating, four-course dinner, $55 plus tax and tip, dressy attire; 9 p.m. seating, black-tie, four-course dinner, champagne; party favors, entertainment; $75; call Beth, David or Matt for reservations ASAP. There are a few hotel rooms remaining, $125 a night, but if they are booked, staff will help you find a place to stay. Call (410) 778-5000.

Tilghman Island Inn, 21384 Coopertown Road, Tilghman Island. Dinner seating is 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Dressy, five-course dinner; champagne; dessert buffet at midnight; 9 p.m.-1 a.m. dancing to the music of 'S Wonderful Jazz Trio; cash bar; $126 a couple, beverages, taxes and gratuities not included. A New Year's two-day package is also offered: Monday and Tuesday, suites $415; water view $380; garden view $365, includes two-night stay, continental breakfast each morning, New Year's Eve dinner and dancing, and New Year's Day brunch. First-come, first-served. Call early, (800) 866-2141.

Tidewater Inn, 101 E. Dover St., Easton. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Black-tie gala in the elegant Crystal Room; buffet dinner; open bar; dancing to the sounds of the Bob Loiselle Ensemble; champagne toast at midnight; party and accommodations $289 per couple; $210 single; Party only $170 couple, $85 single. Call (800) 237-8775 for reservations.


New Year's Eve in Ocean City is one huge community happening. The Ocean City Convention Center and Visitors Bureau sent me the following list of places that are offering New Year's packages and parties. Call for specific details of offerings and rates.

Princess Royale, 91st Street and Oceanfront, (800) 4-Royale; Gateway Hotel, 48th Street and Oceanfront, (800) 382-2582; Sheraton Hotel, 101st Street and Oceanfront, (800) 638-2100; Quality Inn, 54th Street and Oceanfront, (800) 638-2106; Best Western, 26th Street and Boardwalk, (800) 638-2106; Coconut Malorie, 59th Street and Bay, (800) 767-6060; Holiday Inn, 67th Street and Oceanfront, (800) 638-2106; Carousel Hotel, 118th Street and Oceanfront, (800) 641-0011; Howard Johnson, 12th Street and Boardwalk, (800) 926-1122; Dunes Manor Hotel, 28th Street and Oceanfront, (800) 523-2888; Phillips Beach Plaza, 13th and Boardwalk, (800) 492-5834; Days Inn, 42nd Street and Coastal Highway, (800) 325-2525; Embers Restaurant, 24th Street and Coastal Highway, (410) 289-3322; Comfort Inn, 112th Street and Bay, (800) 228-5150; Fenwick Inn, 138th Street and Coastal Highway, (800) 492-1873; and the Francis Scott Key, U.S. Route 50, West Ocean City, (800) 213-0088.


First Night Annapolis. 6: 30 p.m.-12 a.m. When the city of Annapolis celebrates the lively arts on New Year's Eve, the city becomes a stage for more than 300 different performances; music of all kinds is performed everywhere; indoor venues in case of rain or snow; free shuttles from Naval Academy stadium; $14 admission buttons as of Dec. 15 available at Giant Food Stores and First National Banks. Call (410) 268-8553.

Pub Date: 12/15/96

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