By Nathan Pfau, Army Flier Staff WriterDecember 21, 2017
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- With 2018 just around the corner, the Fort Rucker Bowling Center is ready to help people ring in the New Year with a striking celebration.
Unlimited bowling, a three-course meal and a party to remember are just some things people can expect at Rucker Lanes New Year's Eve celebration Dec. 31, according to Andrea Lopez, Rucker Lanes operations assistant.
The Wild West-themed celebration will be held during two sessions: 6-9 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Both sessions will include a meal with a choice of chicken or steak, a starch, vegetable, side salad and dessert. The meal will also come with a choice of water or tea, but additional beverages are available at cost.
The cost is $35 per person or $50 per couple, and not only includes a full meal, but also unlimited bowling with shoe rental, party favors for those who attend and a party people won't soon forget, Lopez said.
"We like to do this for families and we see a lot of our regular families out here, so it's for (bowlers) of all ages," said Lopez, adding that, generally, the early session is for families with younger children with the second session usually caters to an older crowd.
Reservations are required if people want to enjoy the full extent of the celebration, and space is limited, so people should call early, said the operations assistant.
To make a reservation, call 255-9503.
Lopez said the full-course meal is something Rucker Lanes started about five years ago to give people on the installation something different when it came to ringing in the New Year.
"We wanted to offer a sit-down, enjoyable dinner for everybody who wanted to come out and ring in the New Year with us," she said. "It's gone over very well … and people really enjoy the setting.
"This year's theme is the Wild West, so we would love for people to come dressed according to the theme," Lopez continued. "We've got staff who are interested in the look, so they'll be dressed in their costumes, but otherwise people only need to bring themselves and a smile."
Although reservations are required for the full experience of the night, Lopez said people are still welcome to come join the festivities at the bowling center for the evening and, if they are able, they'll be more than happy to cater to them.
"It's a really fun night and we just try to enjoy the evening ringing in the New Year," she said. "The staff will come out (right before the countdown) and we stop everything at the last minute when the ball is dropping, and we'll just have a fun environment where anybody can come out and enjoy a special evening, so we welcome all."