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Recently I had the chance to meet stars from some of my favorite soaps at a luncheon in Tampa. I sat right next to Jackie Zeman, who has played Nurse Bobbie Spencer on General Hospital for 36 years! She was the sweetest lady and we had a great rapport. Hopefully she will be back in Florida in 2015! Speaking of 2015, the beginning of the year is less than a week away! I’m here to let you know what’s going on for New Year’s Eve. Party hearty and be safe! Lots of love to you all!

Thursday December 25

Stonewall Bar Orlando will be celebrating Christmas Day with a potluck dinner and party, hosted by Chris and Byron. Bring a dish, a gift, or just yourself. The doors open at 4 p.m. and there will be a white elephant gift exchange starting at 6 p.m.

 

Friday December 26

WHCF-2952_copy1One of the newest additions to the Tampa Bay gay scene is Dachshund’s Bar and Grill, located on Memorial Highway in Town ‘n’ Country. Get a bite to eat and take in a fabulous drag show, hosted by former Miss Florida F.I. Stephanie Shippae! She is very talented as a host and keeps the audience in stitches. You’ll definitely like the show! Come on in before 8:30 because that’s when the show starts!

 

Saturday December 27

Sawmill Resort in Dade City isn’t just celebrating the dawn of the new year for one night; it’s celebrating all week! Starting today, there will be a lot of cool events going on, such as a barbecue and a steamy XXX Men of Sawmill show (tonight), dinner and a movie by the pool (Tuesday), a pool party, Sawmill Divas show, fireworks, and a $2000 balloon drop (New Year’s Eve), and a special Bare As You Dare night (New Year’s Day)! Call (352) 583-0664 to inquire about reserving a cabin.

 

Wednesday December 31

WHCF-2952_copy2Start off your evening right by going to Parliament House’s Rainbow Café and partaking in a lavish New Year’s Eve dinner! There will be a choice of soup or salad, a sorbet intermezzo, a choice of entree (prime rib au jus, marinated breast of chicken or grilled fish), accompanied by multiple side items, chocolate cake for dessert, and a complimentary glass of wine or champagne! You can get all that for $22.95 per person plus tax! Seatings are at 6:30 and 8:00. Call (407) 425-7571 to reserve your place at the table.

WHCF-2952_copy3Florida’s Leading Lady, Leigh Shannon, is hosting a special Wednesday night/New Year’s Eve Cabaret Dinner Show at Hamburger Mary’s in Orlando’s Church Street Station. Leigh, Aysia Black, Betty Atchison, and a few other surprise guests will be performing your favorite celebrity illusions. Call ahead for reservations! (321) 319-0600.

Hamburger Mary’s in Tampa will be presenting two special shows, one at 8 p.m. and one at 10:30 p.m.! Join Esme Russell, Desiree DeMornay and Alexis WHCF-2952_copy4Mateo as they celebrate the arrival of the New Year with all of the diners at Mary’s. There will be a balloon drop and a champagne toast for people arriving for the second show. Make your reservations now by calling (813) 241-6279.

If you’re in Clearwater, the Hamburger Mary’s over there is throwing a similar show with the same perks, featuring Alicia Markstone, Jocelyn Summers, Tanisha Cassadine, Chi Chi Lalique and Robyn DeMornay! Showtimes are also at 8 and 10:30. Make reservations by calling (727) 400-6996.

WHCF-2952_copy5Ring in 2015 with the sexy bartenders and fun clientele at SAVOY Orlando! This year there will be a champagne celebration. Toast to the new year with complimentary champagne at midnight. Remember, SAVOY will not be charging a cover on this special evening, making it even more tempting to bring all your friends and party all night!

Bradley’s on 7th in Tampa will be hosting a celebrity illusion revue on New Year’s Eve. There will be tributes to Cher, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross, Marilyn WHCF-2952_copy6Monroe, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Adele, and many more. The First Lady of Ybor City, Joey Brooks, will be paying homage to your favorite icons, alongside Felicity Lane, Beverly Wilde, and Ashlee Bangkx. Join them for one show to close out 2014 and for their very first show in the wee hours of 2015!

Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg will also be paying homage to celebrities with their special Studio 54 New Year’s party. See the Flamingo cast perform as Michael Jackson, Liza Minnelli, Diana Ross, Andy Warhol, Cher, WHCF-2952_copy7and more! Shows are at 11:30 and 12:30. At midnight there will be balloon drops and fireworks, and an after party will begin at 3 a.m.! VIP packages start at $49.99. Call (727) 321-5000 for more information.

Parliament House in Orlando is bringing all six winners of RuPaul’s Drag Race to perform for their adoring fans! Join BeBe Zahara Benet, WHCF-2952_copy8Tyra Sanchez, Raja, Sharon Needles, Jinkx Monsoon and Bianca Del Rio for a special night you won’t soon forget! Showtimes are at 10 p.m. and just after midnight. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Visit parliamenthouse.com to buy your tickets online!

Southern Nights in Orlando, in association with East Coast Eden, will be hosting a masquerade ball for New Year’s Eve! Drink until 3 a.m. and party until 4 a.m. This promises to be a very vibrant party which will leave smiles on the faces of everyone in the LGBT community.

WHCF-2952_copy9City Side in Tampa will be ringing in the New Year by taking everyone all the way back to the 1920s! The theme this evening will be “The Great Gatsby” and 1920s attire is requested. There will be lots of surprises in store tonight, so be sure to flap like a flapper right on down to City Side and see what’s up!

Georgie’s Alibi in St. Petersburg will be glowing in the dark for New Year’s Eve as Kori Stevens hosts a special “glow”-themed party! The festivities start at 7 p.m. and go on until bar close.

BarCodes in Orlando will be giving away lots of fun prizes this New Year’s Eve! You could win two tickets to see Maroon 5, one of two 40-inch flat screen TVs, a two-night stay at the Flamingo Resort, and much more! All you have to do is be there to win, and there’s no cover to attend. How awesome is that?