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A Safe and Happy New Year’s Celebration at Knuckleheads Saloon

Written by  January 31, 2005

New Year’s Eve, as far as holidays go, is actually my least favorite. Every year at this time I wrestle with the same questions: Do I stay home safe in my warm little house or go out and risk being the victim of some amateur-night drinker. Do I go to friends’ parties and risk letting them see how truly unclassy I am, or go to some overpriced, overcrowded, trendy club where a trip to the facilities must be planned well in advance.

Well, this year was a pleasant change. When we got word of the F.O.G. Cycles/Knuckleheads Saloon New Year’s Eve party, the decision was a no-brainer. Now, before we go any further, in spite of what you may think, and judging by the number of articles I have written recently about Knuckleheads events, I am not related to, nor am I on Frank Hicks’ payroll! Knuckleheads Saloon just happens to be where we look first when we want to have a good time with good people.

Frank provided a little something for everyone at this celebration. Revelers could choose to arrive early for an evening that included dinner, entertainment and dancing, or they could forego the dinner and arrive later to party, dance and launch the New Year. In addition, a ride home was available for anyone who needed it; a gesture we consider to be not only generous but also very responsible and considerate. Discount hotel rates were also available to the Knuckleheads group. It’s a great feeling to know you can celebrate freely and look forward to a ride to a hotel at the end of the night.

It is no secret that I am a close friend of food, so surely it is not surprising that we chose the dinner package. We arrived to find a nice romantic atmosphere, a table for two, complete with tablecloths, placard, candles and flowers. We enjoyed a bowl of snacks and had a drink or two as the rest of the partiers began to file in. Frank had a Three Stooges clip on the big screen and quiet dinner music played in the background to complete the atmosphere. The dinner entrée choices included steak and potato or chicken with pasta, and were served with salad, vegetable and cheesecake for desert. The meal was not only romantic but also truly delicious.

After dinner, we were entertained by the comedy and vocal styling of Lurlene the Trailer Court Queen, a.k.a. Lynne Greenamyre. I have not laughed so hard in a long time. Anyone with a redneck sense of humor would find her trailer park accent and song parodies, such as “Thank God I’m an Easy Girl” hilarious. Lurlene not only has comedic talent, she is an accomplished professional. She handled the crowd with style.

For the evening’s musical entertainment Frank pulled out all the stops. The crowd was treated—and I do mean treated—to the sounds of the Kansas City Blues Society’s Annual Blues Challenge winners, Ron Teamer and Smokin' Guns. The packed dance floor was a tribute to the superb quality of this band. I, for one, was blown away.

After enjoying the band and another appearance by Lurlene, we called it a night. I am just not as young as I once was. While we missed the midnight toast and party favors, I did not feel at all cheated. I guess having a hell of a good time can change your views on any holiday. Thanks Frank!

Story and photos by Loney and
Stephanie Wilcoxson