Warwick, RI – Tonight, revelers worldwide will ‘toast’ the new year, following the ancient tradition of raising a glass of wine in honor of the mundane and godly – to welcome a new year of possibilities, goals and challenges.
In ancient times, the Greeks would place a piece of burnt toast in their wine to temper the acidity, according to the website intowine.com. The practice was often led by the host, who performed the ritual of sipping from the wine first to assure guests it had not been poisoned. Poison was a popular political and social tool at the time.
Fortunately, such traditions now hold a merely symbolic significance. For most of us.
If you’re of the last minute planning persuasion, you don’t need to look far to find something to do tonight. Here are a few suggestions offered by Warwick venues. If you’d like to add your own revels to the list, add your comments below.
Ironworks Tavern – Call the Jefferson Boulevard restaurantand bar at 401-739-5111 today to make reservations for a three-course meal for $35 and a party featuring DJ Ulysses from 9 p.m. till 1 a.m.
Warwick Crowne Plaza – Call this Greenwich Avenue hotel at401-681-4729 to plan for a night of dining, drinks and dancing. Packages for the evening start at $60 and end at $245. Steve Smith & The Nakes provide the entertainment for the evening.
NYLO Hotel – The New York-trendy hotel on Knight Street hosts its won New Year’s celebration tonight, where $265 will get you a guest Room for 2, 3 Course dinner for 2, a bottle of wine with dinner, champagne toast at midnight, DJ music & dancing and party favors. Call 401-734-4460 for reservations.
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