New Years Eve Events

 There’s nothing wrong with staying home Monday night to see how Ryan Seacrest will handle “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” solo now that Clark has gone to that soundstage in the great beyond.
Of course, there’s First Night in Springfield. Here are some other options, some of which will get you home early if that’s your thing.
Laugh in 
the new year
Two central Illinois comedy clubs will host comedians Monday.
Rob Little performs at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. Monday at Donnie B’s Comedy Club, at the Route 66 Hotel
and Conference Center, 625 E. St. Joseph St. Tickets for the 6 p.m. show only cost $20. Tickets without additional party extras for the 8 and 10 p.m. shows cost $25. Various extras are also available, including drink discounts, a hotel room and a private party after Little’s final performance of the night. Call 391-5653 for more details.
In Mason City, comedian Jimmy McCugh performs at 8 p.m. Monday at Mason City Limits, 114 E. Chestnut St. Tickets: $12.50 cash, $13.50 credit card, available at 482-5233.
Watch the 
puck drop
The National Hockey League’s annual outdoors New Year’s Day game was canceled because of a labor disagreement, but we won’t face that problem in Springfield. The Springfield Junior Blues play against the Michigan Warriors at 6 p.m. Monday and 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Nelson Center at Lincoln Park, 1601 N. Fifth St. Fans who attend Monday’s game can join the Junior Blues for a post-game skate. Admission costs $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens, military veterans and people under age 18.
Where the wild things are
Your kids can count down to the new year at the strike of 12 ... noon, that is, at Noon Year’s Eve at Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 East Lake Shore Drive. The event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday is for ages 5-12 and will include games, crafts and lunch. Cost: $10 . Contact: 585-1821.
The governor’s house
Look at how New Year’s Eve might have looked in the 1830s during the New Year’s Open House and Party at the Governor Joseph Duncan Mansion in Jacksonville. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday and continues to 1 a.m. The mansion served as the official governor’s mansion when Duncan served for four years (1834-38) ... so it’s not a new phenomenon for Illinois governors to live outside Springfield.
If you don’t 
have tickets yet, good luck
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that Florida Georgia Line, whose song “Cruise” recently went to No. 1 on the Billboard magazine country singles chart, is scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. Monday at Boondocks, 2909 N. Dirksen Parkway. It’s not like famous people perform in Springfield every day.
However, we’d be equally remiss if we didn’t tell you that:
  • Those tickets were snapped up very quickly.
  • If you go to, you’ll get a message that says tickets are no longer being sold online
  • If you got to Boondocks’ Facebook page, the last mention of any tickets being available at the club was on Nov. 16.
You can contact Boondocks to beg, plead or bargain at 679-0145 or But there’s a reason we mentioned this event last on this list.

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