What happens when a few old friends get together to plan a New Year's Eve bash? In the case of some co-workers at Old School Pizza - apparently an alien invasion happens.
The theme of alien invasion is a unique one, thought up by Blaze Webb and Tim Harer, co-owners of the pizza shop, thanks to a "running joke."
"Blaze is kind of infatuated with aliens, a little bit ... we tease him that he's an alien. He says he doesn't believe in aliens and that kind of made it more fun to have this idea," said Josh Riggle, part-time Old School Pizza employee.
Riggle has a large part in helping to plan the event.
The point? They hope to give people a cheaper, more convenient alternative to driving to big cities to ring in the new year.
"There are a lot of big shows that go on on New Year's (Eve), in big cities like New York City, Philly ... we just wanted to do something for our community and our friends here in Williamsport, so they didn't have to drive hours and spend a lot of money," Riggle said.
Other area New Year's Eve events
- Duck Duck Goose, 9:30 p.m., 229 W. Fourth St.
Imbibe Lounge &?Night Venue
- Great Gatsby Affair New Years Eve Party, 7 p.m., Dec. 31; 321 Pine St.
- CROSSROADS band, 9 p.m., Route 87.
- Loose Cannons, 9 p.m., Dec. 31; Hanna Street, Lock Haven.
The Stable Bar & Grill
- Flipside Band, 9 p.m., The Stable Bar & Grill, 98 Upper Powys Road, Cogan Station.
- New Year's Eve Party featuring Clyde Frog, 9 p.m., 200 W. Fourth St.
Clinton township Banquet Hall
- McNett Country Band dinner and dancing, 5:30 p.m., 2311 Rt. 54 Hwy, Montgomery. Reservations needed.
- Phil Reeder Solo Guitar, 6 p.m., 219 E. Main St., Lock Haven.
South Avis Inn
- New Year's Eve Dance featuring Lixx, 9:30 p.m., 67 Maryland Ave., Jersey Shore.
They chose to hold the invasion at The Sons of Italy, 144 E. Fourth St., only a few blocks from Old School Pizza.
Because The Sons is a private club, with price of admittance to the bash, attendees will enjoy cheaper drinks than a regular bar.
"We picked Sons because it's private and alcohol prices are cheaper. A lot of times when you go to a big show, the drinks cost a fortune," Riggle said.
Additionally, since the co-workers share a love of music, the night wouldn't be complete without a complete itinerary of jammin' local tunes. The party's entrance fee includes seven-plus hours of music, as performed by "local legends" Lumpy Gravy, who will kick off the night at 7 p.m., followed by The Backwoods Experiment (described as "spacey bluegrass"), then The Keystone Ska Exchange (who will "serenade our extraterrestrial visitors as they make their landing approach") and finally, it's "going to get dirty" with The Big Dirty.
The bands come in collaboration with Liberty Fest Productions, which organizes Liberty Fest, a music festival held at Liberty Festival Grounds since 2011. The festival is held on the property of Tim Harer.
At the moment, Riggle and his co-workers are expecting around 100 to 150 attendees, but with a potential to have 250, if not more, he said.
The troop is encouraging folks to dress up in their most alien-y attire, Riggle adding that they simply thought that such a theme would give people a chance to be silly.
In addition to the opportunity to be silly, they also are planning a VIP ticket option, which will potentially allow folks to mingle with the musicians in a green room downstairs at The Sons.
Pre-sale tickets will soon be available to buy at Old School Pizza, 12 E. Fourth St., and online at www.inticketing.com/events/366657/alien-invasion. The tickets also will be available the day of at the door, but for a slightly higher cost, and the first 50 attendees get a door prize (doors open at 6 p.m.).
For more information, visit the event page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/449118171860058/ or call Old School Pizza at 570-326-1466.