Before heading out of the area for a New Year's Eve celebration, why not consider a local event?
Our area is hosting activities people are sure to enjoy Monday evening.
In addition to the many private parties on New Year's Eve, people can attend public celebrations in Fulton and Montgomery counties.
In Johnstown, the Johnstown Area Community Center will present a downtown fireworks display at 9 p.m. The fireworks will be launched from the park on West Main Street. People who attend will need to stand on the opposite side of Main Street to view the display.
Mayor Sarah Slingerland said this is the first fireworks display in Johnstown since the city's 250th celebration, which took place in 2008.
In Fort Plain, the Fort Plain Community Activities Council has scheduled a variety of activities for the Tri-Village 2012 Last Night New Year's Eve Celebration.
The event will run from 4 p.m. to midnight in the village.
Headquarters for the event will be at 47 Main St., where the Friends of Fort Plain will have buttons, wristbands, maps and schedules. A shuttle bus will be available from 4 to 10 p.m.
Buttons cost $7. Wristbands for children ages 10 and younger cost $1.
Among the events are children's crafts and an open house at Fort Plain True Value from 4 to 9 p.m.; a performance by the acoustic band Stone Soup at the Fort Plain Museum from 7 to 10 p.m.; and Redneck Games from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Sportsman's Den, where people can partake in a hubcap toss, fish casting and target shooting. Those are just a few of the many activities planned for Last Night.
Dress warmly and enjoy celebrating the new year with others in your area.