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Posted on December 27, 2018 at 12:24 PM by Michael Goens
Ready your camera phones. Monday marks the annual excitation of Little Apple New Year’s Eve!
We get to bounce into this weekend with anticipation building for 2019. For Manhattan New Year’s Eve celebrations, Aggieville’s the place. Moro becomes the focal point for the annual Little Apple countdown as the final moments of 2018 melt into renewed energy and spirited midnight fireworks.
If you have never been to Aggieville, it’s a special place that has grown from the state’s first shopping district into a vision for revitalized entertainment and retail. The ’Ville comes alive for big events. Here are a few “insider” hints on how seasoned celebrations get rolling in the heart of the ’Hat (pssst: these work year-round!).
The ’Ville originated as a campus-proximate, student haven. You’ll find MHK’s spirited bar scene, active shops and fun restaurants. All just steps from the K-State campus.
Bowled over by Bolos, Rockin' your Belly
Enter another dimension as Aggieville dishes up a whole ’nother level spicy, zesty flavor. Coco Bolos delivers fabulous twists on south-of-the-border fare. Bust your buds with bacon-wrapped grilled shrimp and fantastic taters las cruces. Rock-A-Belly’s top-notch deli packs a delicious punch to sock your gut with the Belly Buster. Learn the ’Ville’s lingo for all your stops; locals call ’em: Belly, Bluestem, Bolos, Lucha, Radina’s, So Long and Wahoo. The ’Ville's hot spots leave indelible marks on salivating taste buds!
To the 'Ville!
A 60-year tradition involves sprints “to the ’Ville” for Wildcat Victory celebrations and gameday watch parties. Saint Patrick’s Day road races, parade celebration and a lotta green suds mark the mid-March fun. The annual homecoming parade gets top billing when it veers through the ’Ville, and the K-State Marching Band leads Spirit Night’s rousing renditions of the Wabash Cannonball. Moro marks the spot for Monday's New Year’s Eve as the fiberglass faux apple descends from atop Rally House to welcome 2019.
Let's sing and dance!
MHK’s music scene surges and lifts visitors’ carefree wills at The Hat with performers like Shenandoah, Tracy Byrd and many more. It doesn’t end there. Aggie’s favorite little speakeasy Auntie Mae’s features up-and-coming artists and Bluemont Hotel, Coco Bolos and O’Malley’s introduce exciting new songsters. Get your groove on when Dirty Dawgs, Johnny Kaw’s, Kite’s and Tubby’s roll out the dance floor.
Frequent the 'Ville's vendors
The warmth of Manhappiness radiates around Aggieville as MHK actually has 15 more sunny days than the U.S. average. That makes quick jaunts between stores even easier. Acme Gift shows all the K-State love that you can fathom and Thread t-shirt shop crafts just about anything you can find on your phone. Right in the district’s sanctum, Sisters Of Sound Music is MHK’s lone indie music stop. Perk up for a dozen specialty Varsity Donuts while you pick up a t-shirt and gift card.
Pick your picnic place
Find a nice, shady place to munch hot slices from Pie Five or grab B-Dubs carryout right on the corner of Aggieville America. Triangle Park offers benches and picnic tables to absorb warm sunshine and adore the picturesque Kansas State University campus. The park will be central among green-space initiatives for approaching Aggieville Community Vision plans, which incorporates a Courtyard by Marriott hotel around the corner on Bluemont, 2020 scheduled open.
Aggieville's a special place and we'll roll out the red carpet for Monday's electric atmosphere. Bundle up and head "to the 'Ville" for the next big MHK celebration, Little Apple New Year's Eve!
Aggieville Community Vision Aggieville America Celebrate 2019 in the 'Ville NYE at the Wareham Welcome the New Year at MAC
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