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Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:44 am, Sat Dec 29, 2012.

We asked Lodi’s City Council members, foodies and fun-seekers to share their big — and cozy — plans for ringing in the New Year.

Alan Nakanishi, Lodi mayor

Our family gets together with a group from our church. We’re just going to a potluck and making mochi, an old Japanese traditional (food) with rice on the outside and sweet beans on the inside. We go home about midnight.

Nancy Beckman, executive director of Visit Lodi!

We are getting together with friends and will enjoy appetizers and our Lodi wines. ... We generally don’t go out to any of the night spots, but tend to get together with friends in someone’s home.

JoAnne Mounce, Lodi councilwoman

I get off work probably around 5:30 p.m., and I have every intention of going home and putting my feet in a warm blanket; I’ll be in bed by 10.

Marylou Powers, Galt mayor

I mostly stay home because my friends and family are pretty close. We see who comes and see who goes, and I might go out and about a little.

We do my mom’s homemade eggnog, which is nice and warm on these kind of dreary December nights. Mom’s gone, but we still keep the tradition going.

I’m wishing everybody a happy new year!

Michael Warren, Crush Kitchen + Bar chef and owner

I have to work, being in this industry, but I will be having bubbles and great food and having the love of my life next to me.

Barbara Spitzer, home cook and News-Sentinel food columnist

We have a very quiet New Year’s Eve. We are going to dinner and coming home to celebrate the new year with a little champagne.

My daughter (film producer Corey Sienega) is filming in New Orleans but came home for Christmas. She has a flight back on New Year’s Day, so she will be with us for New Year’s Eve!

Michael Nino, firefighter; stage actor with Lodi Community Theater

Normally I just stay at home and celebrate with the kids, but this year I’m working at the fire department (in Morada). It’s usually busy because there are a lot of drunk drivers and calls, but we celebrate the new year together, as a second family.

Dennis Yamamoto, founder of Lodi and Stockton Ukulele Strummers

Our New Year’s Eve plans are to strum with about 10 other players and sing and play songs that remind us of the years past and the present. What better way to bring in the new year than with friends and music?

Korynn O’Connell, Lodi volunteer promoter for Wintersalt Festival

I’m working on Wintersalt, which is this weekend. It’s the biggest New Year’s Eve weekend thing going on in San Francisco. It’s a massive music festival.

On New Year’s Eve, I’ll probably go out again. I’m not sure what I’m doing, but I know Pop New Year’s Eve is also going on in San Francisco.

Contact reporter Lauren Nelson at laurenn@lodinews.com.

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1 comment:

  • Doug Chaney posted at 8:27 pm on Sun, Dec 30, 2012.

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    Everyone in Lodi can party like it's 1999 now that the Lodi Police Dept. has scheduled their license/dui checkpoint for Saturday night rather than Monday night, new year's eve to spare the many overimbibers and alcoholics, including substance and prescription meds and save the good old boys and girls and the well connected the embarrassment of being arrested for driving impaired/high. Party hardy Lodi, the unlicensed/uninsured drivers cited for minor traffic violations will keep the LPD coffers funded and make payments on all those nice new tow trucks that are, or were in Lodi before they allowed drivers to allow a licensed driver to retrieve their vehicles rather than tow them to LPD's favorite tow companies, six of them, and their respective impound lots. Happy New Year.



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