Thousands of people from the Kanawha Valley started their New Year’s celebration off right with Charleston’s Annual Good Night celebration.
Jolinda Sisson from Sissonville comes out to the annual event every year.
“Every year I’m excited to come hear the songs,” said Sisson.
It was the 18th year the Charleston Community Music Association held the event that featured musical performances at a number of different venues.
Mike Williams from Charleston said it’s a good time for everyone.
“This is a wonderful event,” said Williams. “It’s great that a small city like Charleston has so many different offerings for different people.”
This year’s event featured some returning favorites like the Presby Pickers and the Martin Luther King Jr. Male Chorus, and some new talent like the Craig Hinchman Trio and Dell Allen.
Good Night is a family friendly, no cost, and alcohol free event and that’s why Mike Hager and his family always comes out.
“We just enjoy the atmosphere that people can come out without all the alcohol and all the things that people associate with bringing in the New Year,” said Hager. “You have something wholesome , entertaining and you see a lot of people that you know. It’s just a lot of fun.”
For Julia Stricker from Elkview, the event was extra special.
“It’s been a hard year for me so this is a great way to start the new year and try to bring a little bit of joy back into my heart and try to get me back in the right place,” said Stricker.
Her New Year’s resolution was to be happy and enjoy her life.
Stricker wasn’t the only one who had plans for the new year.
“Exercise more, work hard and do more in my church,” said Williams.
Sisson is a teacher and her New Year’s resolution was all about her students.
“This year I’m hoping to be able to inspire more children to read and get excited about being is school,” said Sisson.
Mike Hager wants to spend 2013 spreading the good word.
“I want to read my Bible through this year and see more people come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior,” said Hager.
It was certainly going to be a good night for many in Charleston as they welcomed in the new year.
The Good Night celebration wrapped up around 10 p.m. just in time for residents to make it home to see the ball drop.