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Many ways to ring in 2016 in region

WORTHINGTON -- There are many exciting events happening on New Year's Eve around the area, from a critically-acclaimed magician at Memorial Auditorium to a fun-filled dance and game night at the Wilmont VFW.Magician-comedian Jared Sherlock, haili...

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WORTHINGTON - There are many exciting events happening on New Year’s Eve around the area, from a critically-acclaimed magician at Memorial Auditorium to a fun-filled dance and game night at the Wilmont VFW.
Magician-comedian Jared Sherlock, hailing from Minneapolis, will perform at 7 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center in Worthington. His show promises a night full of laughter, amazement, and all-around family fun.
“We have this wonderful Las Vegas-style magician-illusionist-comedian performance,” said Tammy Makram, manager of Memorial Auditorium. “Jared actually just told me (Tuesday) that a professional musician friend of his from New York City will also be coming to add some music to the show.”
Makram said a positive response to last year’s magic performance on New Year’s Eve influenced the decision to have a similar show this year.
“Everyone responded so well last year, we decided to do something similar, but a little different,” she said. “Not only is there magic and music, but dancers also are assisting during the show.”
Doors for the show open at 6 p.m., with live music and refreshments being served in the lobby.
“It’s early enough in the evening that people can come enjoy the show and still have plenty of time to go out afterward,” said Makram.
“We hope that people will come and support the auditorium and also have a great time.”
Advance tickets are available for purchase online at www.friendsoftheauditorium.com or at the box office during its regular hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Only a few short miles outside of Worthington, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Wilmont will also host a special dance tonight, with headlining DJ “Luney Tunes.”
“It all starts at 8,” said Carolyn Penning, one of the organizers of the event. “DJ ‘Luney Tunes’ will be our DJ - the same one from our prom.”
DJ “Luney Tunes” is a local favorite due to crowd interaction.
“He doesn’t just play music, he really gets the crowd involved through games and other fun activities,” said Penning. “We’ll play Giant Jenga, Giant Beer Pong and other fun activities. He really knows how to work the crowd over.”
Proceeds from the event will be split between the Wilmont Booster Club and the VFW roof project.
Back in Worthington, the Elks Lodge will offer a choice rib eye steak or walleye dinner, serving from 5:30 p.m. until gone. Both members and guests are welcome.
The Hickory Lodge will have a party starting at 10 p.m., with Dakota Entertainment playing music.
Sterling’s Cafe and Grille in Luverne will have an event starting at 10 p.m. Drinks, food, and champagne at midnight highlight the night.
Johnny’s Pub in Lake Park, Iowa, will host a party starting at 5 p.m. A drawing for a trip for two to Las Vegas, Nev., will take place. There will be food, and the Tommy Gunn Band will perform.
In Fulda, Brian’s Supper Club will be hosting a game night.
“We have human foosball in the backroom and Giant Jenga, and we’ll also have some board games,” said Terry VanderBeek. “We try to keep it intimate.”

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