New Years Eve

A tall impressive figure in a black cape entered through the backstage door greeted by a woman who would soon enchant the crowd as the Pierrot. The master of ceremonies had arrived and the party could begin…blast off would be more like it! Chezzam, a theatrical dance troupe, provided a natural segue into the rhythm of the night for more than 500 beautiful people who were dancing to the beat of Mike Favata, then later whipped into a wild frenzy.

New Years Eve1The evening unfolded like something from the imaginations of the brothers Grimm. Long, flowing gowns dancing the symmetry of choreographed motions. Lavish foods, succulent drinks and select music marked the grandeur of the event. Guests clad in their finest attire enjoyed the privilege of attending a social milestone. Couples donned in elegant dresses and elaborate costumes waited in anticipation of the new year. It was a gala with all the trimmings of an opulent fairytale ball. It was the Split Rock Resort’s New Years Eve Masquerade Ball.

New Years Eve2Each year, Split Rock Resort in the Pennsylvania Poconos hosts a masquerade ball on New Years Eve. The ball begins at 7:00pm with a cocktail hour followed by a five course formal dinner. After dinner, the ballroom is transformed into a display of people dancing, mingling and anticipating the coming of the new year. With a live band, DJ and a professional dance troupe on hand, not once did the crowd die down nor the dance floor clear out. The Mike Favata Band never missed a beat and the DJ featured the kind of high energy music that kept everyone dancing well into the early morning hours. I was nearly mesmerized by the amazing light display, which used multiple projection screens to create dazzling images of the crowd along with smoke and other lighting effects. And integrated right into the evening was a very nicely choreographed show featuring about 10 costumed dancers. The ball was complete with party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. If you’ve never gone, this is one party not to be missed. This is the kind of party worth traveling the globe for.

While tickets can be purchased for the Masquerade Ball alone, this event is best enjoyed as part of a full package including deluxe accommodations, breakfast and dinner daily, indoor pools and skiing at the adjoining ski resort. Visitors have a range of accommodations to choose from. There’s a rustic lodge on the lake with beamed ceilings and a warm fireplace to complete the ambiance. The Galleria offers more standard hotel rooms and suites, with easy access to indoor activities such as pools, whirlpools and a fitness center. Large families or couples vacationing together have the option of renting spacious villas with kitchens. Restaurants range from several snack bars, a cozy restaurant at the lodge, or a larger restaurant in the Galleria building which includes a salad bar at dinner and a Sunday brunch buffet.

New Years Eve3While spending time at Split Rock, be sure to take in some downhill skiing. While Split Rock is not very big it does get the most out of its vertical feet. With aggressive snowmaking (100% ) and grooming they produce and maintain consistent snow conditions. Split Rock focuses heavily on its ski school and learn to ski or snowboard programs, so it is ideal for those just starting out or wanting to brush up on their skills before traveling to some of the bigger resorts. The ski terrain is predominantly for beginners which makes it a good family mountain.

Getting There:

Split Rock Resort is located in the western region of the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. It is 1 1/2 hours from Philadelphia and 2 hours from New York City. It is only 5 miles from Exit 35 of the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Exits 42 and 43 of Interstate 80. For reservations or information, call 1-800-255-7625.

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