Best Bets for Dec. 29 – Jan. 1 | The Bainbridge Blab

Bye bye, 2017. That’s a wrap!

Whether you’re sad to see her go or can’t wait to move on, the end of the year is an undeniably special time. A time for resolutions and remembrances, nostalgia and ambition.

It’s also, typically, a time to party.

But this year was a mixed bag of ups and downs that, frankly, seemed to tend toward down for most.

Perhaps that’s why there are fewer than normal options this year to celebrate the penultimate hours. So, spend it doing something you love. Spend it with somebody you love. Or, spend it in bed getting rested up before 2018 comes roaring down the pike and life returns to its usual ruthless, breakneck pace.

There are at least a few ways to send off 2017, though.

Here are our Best Bets:

Consider seeing a movie, in Lynwood or Winslow. Check for times and trailers.

“Darkest Hour,” which has reportedly put Gary Oldman in the running for an Oscar for his chameleon-like performance as Winston Churchill, is playing in Lynwood. Seems perhaps an appropriate choice.

On Sunday, get the big bash started early at the annual Noon Year’s Eve celebration at the Kids Discovery Museum (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.). There’s dancing and games and fun activities — plus a balloon drop at noon.

The party is free to attend for members, or comes included with regular admission.

Call 206-855-4650 to learn more.

On Monday, those looking to stay cool — or maybe get a very teeth-chattery start to their fitness resolution — can of course swing by Lytle Beach for the annual New Year’s swim. Plunge yourself into the chilly waters of the Sound at your own risk, though. It’s ill advised for those with weak hearts or constitution.

Parking is, predictably, rather tricky at this tradition. Biking/walking/carpooling is recommended.

Whatever you do, have a safe and happy new year, Bainbridge.

From all of us here at the Review, thanks again for reading. And be sure to check out the Dec. 29 issue for a full, detailed “Year in Review” recap for a look back at the highs and lows of the past year.

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