Ringing in the New Year at Noon and Midnight

PARADISE TOWNSHIP — One resort in the Poconos had two different New Year’s Eve celebrations for two different kinds of crowds.

Workers at Mount Airy Casino Resort outside Mount Pocono were busy setting up for the resort’s New Year’s Eve party.

It’s a party that Alfred and Marilyn Sommers planned to attend, despite the celebration being in the middle of the week.

“He had off and I’m retired so it worked out perfect,” said Marilyn Sommers of Bath.

“We thought we’d start the year off with a vacation and took the time to do it, took the time off to have a good time,” said Alfred Sommers.

Although the countdown to New Years is hours away, this year, Mount Airy decided to add an earlier countdown for the older crowd.  It’s called “Noon Year’s Eve”.

“It’s great because we’re old people and we go to bed early at night anyway. So what’s the difference,” said Jim Kavalesky of New York.

Kavalesky’s group didn’t waste anytime getting rowdy for the “Noon Year’s Eve” party to begin.

That includes his wife Pat.

“We’ve had two glasses of champagne already. We’re going back for more,” said Pat Kavalesky of New York.

The “King,” an Elvis impersonator, then took center stage to help this group ring in the New Year.

Once the “Noon Year” was celebrated, Elvis invited two wild party-goers to join him in shaking their hips to the tune “Viva Las Vegas” and “Viva 2014″.

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