(Julianne Murrah)
For people throughout the world, an annual New Year's Eve party is something to look forward to as the holiday season comes to a close. Young or old, social or shy, for a community's people a New Year's Eve party symbolizes the coming of a rebirth and a chance to start over.

The party in Graham is no different. Wendy Keen, monthly Graham Jamboree coordinator and annual NYE party coordinator, is again at the finishing stages of planning the city's final party of the year, now in its seventh go-round.

The celebration is held for people of all ages and combines both a jamboree and NYE celebration. It's scheduled to start with the jamboree, as the doors open at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the Senior Citizen Center in Graham, 825 Fairview Dr. Admission will cost $5 and a covered dish or a donation for dinner and refreshments.

However, it should be noted that those bringing in covered dishes will have a shot at receiving a “Certificate of Excellence” for their dish in several food categories.

Each table, 27 in total seating six per table, will be decorated festively with hats and horns, and tables can be rented if the $30 admission for all six seats is paid. At 5:30 p.m., a buffet meal will be served, and entertainment will begin with an open mic session at 6 p.m.

All singers, musicians and other entertainers are given an opportunity to share their talents in front of an audience. Performers do not have to pay admission to attend. At 8:30 p.m., the open mic jamboree will yield to a dance band that will perform classic country and old rock and roll favorites from 8:45 p.m. until midnight.

Read the entire story in Wednesday's edition of The Graham Leader.