For those who want to bring in 2017 in the friendly confines of their own home or set sail to a house party, there are plenty of drink options available at your local liquor store. And of course, we recommend any of the Messina brothers’ stores, with five great locations throughout Southeast Texas including three in Beaumont (2525 College; 6666 Phelan; 1412 Magnolia) and two in Port Arthur (3748 Gulfway and 2606 Memorial).

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Zac Wilkerson

Zac Wilkerson with special guests Midnight River Choir will perform at Courville’s (1744 Rose Lane, Beaumont) on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40, which includes Courville’s buffet dinner.

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Over at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles, Las Vegas entertainer Frankie Moreno

Still undecided about what to do on New Year’s Eve? Concerts? Casino? Stay at home and watch the ball drop? Well, you have plenty of options.

If you like to go out, every nightclub throughout Southeast Texas will be open and have some sort of event, whether it’s a band, balloon drop, DJ, champagne toast at midnight or all of the above.

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The High Street Gallery will host an exhibition of photography by Gabriel Sellers on Friday, Dec. 30, from 7-10 p.m. The gallery is located in the Victoria House at 2110 Victoria St. in Beaumont. The title of the exhibition is “Street Violence is Always Love.”

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As 2016 comes to a close, Jefferson County has yet to ink a deal with a new management firm to oversee the Ford Park Entertainment Complex. After months of negotiation, a contract to secure the services of a management firm for the publicly subsidized entertainment complex is held up as lawyers review the proposition on the table, according to county purchasing agent Deborah Clark.

Under the tenure of SMG, Ford Park has run at a nearly $2 million annual deficit – a deficit charged to taxpayers of Jefferson County.

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