New Year's at The Buttery (Dorchester MA) - party with gaming
- We have two big parties here every year. One of them is New Year's Eve
and New Year's Day (and sometimes additional days, depending on what day
of the week New Year falls on). This year New Year's Day is Friday, so
things might continue until Sunday, but if you're thinking of coming
over Saturday or Sunday you might want to call first and make sure.
The festivities begin around sunset on New Year's Eve. (People arriving
earlier will be put to work getting the party set up.) The party always
runs until at least late evening of New Year's Day, unless we run out of
food and drink. (Hint: bring food and drink.)
Because the roads are very dangerous on New Year's night (too many drunk
drivers out there, and often slick roads due to winter weather), we
encourage people to stay overnight at our house. Bed space is limited
(and mostly reserved for out-of-town visitors), but we do have plenty of
floor space available; bring sleeping bags and pillows. If you do need
bed space, call us in advance, and we'll do what we can. There are a
number of houses of our friends within walking distance; if we don't
have space here, we might be able to set you up in one of the other houses.
We'll have the usual collection of unusual people. Things that usually
happen include games, music, and general merriment. We provide some
food, soft drinks, and beer, but we encourage guests to bring more of
all of the above. Don't bring hard liquor unless you plan to take any
remains home with you; our collection is already large enough. And don't
bring Budweiser or similar American beer (or, heaven forbid, light beer)
unless you plan to drink it all yourself; our guests will mostly ignore
it and it's not even good for making Fernando Stew.
If you're not sure what to bring, give us a call or email for hints.
Main dishes tend to be in short supply, and we usually have an excess of
desserts; if your circumstances permit bringing a non-sweet main course
or side dish, we will love you for it.
Bring yourselves, your friends, games, musical instruments, food and
drink, and anything else that will help make you and our other guests
happy (and not make anyone unhappy). If your main interest is gaming,
the prime gaming times are before 10pm and after 1am New Year's Eve, and
between noon and 6pm on New Year's Day. Opportunities for gaming are
limited between 10pm and 1am because it's usually too crowded to set up
The Buttery is a non-smoking house, including the porch, so the
nicotine-addicted among you will have to wander out to the sidewalk or
yard. (And it's likely to be cold!) We have no pets, and request that
you leave yours at home. Seeing-eye and other service animals are always
Don't know how to get to The Buttery? Reply for the link to the complete
directions, including maps.