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Posted on Fri. Dec. 21, 2012 - 12:01 am EDT

Final hurrah

Does Mayan calendar spell doom? Better have fun in case

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It seems so long ago that singer Prince had us partying like it was 1999. And even though he predicted the party would be over in 2000, we’ve managed to survive 12 more years – that is, until now.

Today is predicted to be the end of the world by some, who believe the ancient Mayan calendar draws the line at Dec. 21. The Web is filled with warnings that the Earth will go out with a bang.

So in the spirit of end-of-the-world theories, we’ve come up with some things you can do today to party … well, like there’s no tomorrow.

Party on. What better way to celebrate a major event than to have an “End of the World” party? John Freistroffer, owner of Columbia Street West, 135 W. Columbia St., says the restaurant/bar has had a countdown clock, which ticks away the minutes until the supposed final day. The party will have drink specials, a DJ and lots of fun, he says.

“Don’t hesitate to run up your credit card, party … that’s what we’re promoting,” Freistroffer says.

And while Freistroffer doesn’t believe the world will end today, he says there’s no reason not to celebrate.

The doors open at 4 p.m. and the party goes until … “the world ends,” Freistroffer laughs.

You also can celebrate the end of the world with drink and food specials at Dicky’s Wild Hare, 2910 Maplecrest Road. Owner Katie Webb says there will be a $9.99 soup and pizza bar, $4.50 pints and $4 well drinks all day, and beginning at 9 p.m., the band URB will take the stage. Admission for the music is a canned food donation.

Webb says the events are part of customer appreciation, which started last year with the celebration of winter solstice. But now, with the predicted end of the world, “we’re partying like there’s no tomorrow,” she says.

Winter solstice. Maybe there’s something to it that the last day happens on the winter solstice. Depending on where you live, it could be the shortest day (northern hemisphere) or the longest day (southern hemisphere). Either way, you can celebrate the solstice beginning 6:45 p.m. at Creeare Ranch, a horse ranch in Columbia City. Cost is $25. Call 260-255-0874 or go to for information.

Laugh it up. Since you can’t do anything about the final hours, you might as well laugh about it. Check out the comedy show of Jodi White and Jason Dixie at Snickerz Comedy Bar, 5535 St. Joe Road. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Tickets are $9.50. Call 486-0216 for information.

Don’t be an ogre about it. It’s too late to take in a Broadway show in New York, so catch one here. “Shrek the Musical” is the Broadway tour production based on the green movie ogre of the same name, and it hits the stage at 7:30 p.m. today at Honeywell Center in Wabash. Tickets are from $24 to $54 and are available at 260-563-1102 or

Garden stroll. Surround yourself with beautiful flowers and plants in your final hours with a trip to the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. The conservatory has extended hours until 8 p.m. today, which allows you time for some reflection or meditation. Admission is $5 adults, $3 ages 3 to 17 and free to ages 2 and younger. For information, call 427-6440 or

Take the stage. This could be your last chance to show the world – well, at least Fort Wayne – that you are a singing star. Several area bars and restaurants offer karaoke tonight, including Alley Sports Bar, 1455 Goshen Road, at 9 p.m.; Crooners at Piere’s, 5675 St. Joe Road, at 9 p.m.; Green Frog Inn, 820 Spring St., at 9:30 p.m.; Office Tavern, 3306 Brooklyn Ave., at 9 p.m.; Pine Valley Bar and Grill, 2914 E. Dupont Road, at 9:30 p.m.; and Quaker Steak and Lube, 405 Coliseum Blvd. W., at 9:30 p.m.

Get in tune. There’s nothing like the sound of music to make a bad day look good. There are several local bands playing throughout the area tonight. You can hear jazz, country, rock or classical music. Check out our Music listings on Page today for a schedule of performances.

Team spirit. If you’re a sports fan, you can watch the IPFW men take on Kennesaw State at 7 p.m. tonight at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Tickets start at $8.50. After all, this may be your last game. Remember, if it is truly the end, you won’t be able to watch those recorded games on TV later.

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