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A Few Local Options for Ways to Spend Your New Year’s Day



Whether you're looking to set the tone for 2018 or simply take advantage of a final day off from work, New Year's Day options are not only eclectic but last from morning till night. Or you could veg in front of the TV. It's your call.

Looking to start the new year with good flow? Join the 10th annual Cone Parade in Carytown, a festive occasion to pull in positive energy for the new year. The parade begins at Ellwood Thompson's Local Market at noon and marches down Cary Street to the Boulevard and back. Participants wear full-length cones — find out how to make one on the parade's website — that reflect the maker's interests and creativity. Spiritualists believe positive energy can heal the universe and there seems to be a concensus that the universe is ailing. Get your positive energy at the parade. Register at

Even if you know you'll abandon your new year's resolutions by Valentine's Day, you can get off on the right foot with the First Day Hike at Pocahontas State Park. Should the word hike be a turn-off, know that any sort of ramble, stroll, meander — even bird watching —counts as being part of the hike. Bonus: If you register and participate, you're also eligible for prizes. All day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., guides will lead tours of varying difficulty suitable for families, individuals and even friendly dogs. Starting times and difficulty levels are on the website. Those who prefer their own company can take one of the self-guided tours. Register by Dec. 31 at

The joy of puppets is that not just kids who enjoy a good puppet show. Presented by Puppets Off Broad Street — its motto is "we think outside the socks" — Richmond's fourth annual Winter Puppetfest returns with a New Year's Day show of tales told by a platypus, three little pigs and a baby T-Rex along with some surprise puppets. Puppetfest features four award-winning puppeteers performing "Dreamtime" about a little boy platypus who can't fall asleep until his mother tells him three bedtime stories. The show is at 1 p.m. at the Richmond Triangle Players, 1300 Altamont Ave. Tickets at

If 2017 has you committing to be better to yourself in the coming year, you can jump-start that goal with Renewed Year: Self Care for 2018 presented by Lucid Living RVA. The goal is for the two-hour event to set a balanced tone you can carry through for a better year. Yoga postures and pranayama, or breath work, will be used to clear out the old energy and then set the tone for the new with sound meditation using Himalayan singing bowls, followed by an appropriately mellow cup of herbal tea. Best of all, you can sleep in. The session begins at noon at Glave Kocen Gallery, 1620 W. Main St. Register at

If you're a member of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, you can make that membership work overtime for you by taking advantage of a bonus night to check out the latest blockbuster exhibit. That means Jan. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. is prime time for members to wander through the spectacular Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China exhibition on a night when the museum is closed to the public. Even better, members are allowed to bring two guests per membership that evening to receive complimentary tickets to the exhibit. Best Café also will be open for your sipping and nibbling needs and members get a 20 percent off discount in the gift shop.

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  • The Big Payback

Because sometimes it's easier to keep going than break your stride, you can follow your New Year's Eve revelry with a rip roaring show featuring a smoking horn section and the music of the Godfather of Soul. Get up off of that thing with Richmond's favorite James Brown tribute band, the Big Payback, which brings its Champagne Campaign to the Camel, kicking off the first night of 2018 with funk and soul at 9 p.m. to keep the party going. 1621 W. Broad St.

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