Dec. 26, 1985: “Pittsburghers party on New Year’s Eve”
Remember December of 1985? 
That was the year you could book a five-course dinner at the William Penn Hotel’s La Plume Restaurant on New Year’s Eve for $37.50 per person. That price included free parking in the Mellon Square Garage — always a selling point for Pittsburgh diners!  
But the unidentified couple and dog in this picture planned to greet the new year of 1986 while staying at home in their oh-so- retro kitchen. Nightclubbing was not on their agenda, according to a story in The Pittsburgh Press by Ann Butler. 
In her feature article, Ms. Butler quoted Barbara K. Shore, a professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh. People who plan to stay home on New Year’s Eve, Ms. Shore suggested, may wish to arrange a fun activity and invite friends to participate.
Ms. Shore’s also suggested lighting the candles and turning on the Christmas tree lights. Enjoy the last of the holiday cookies and don’t forget to break out the champagne at midnight.  Try out some new games. In 1985, Trivial Pursuit was still the favorite.  Or, go out to a movie. In 1985, some of the big hits were “Out of Africa,” “The Color Purple” and “A Chorus Line.” 
This time around, movie options include “Skyfall,” “Lincoln” and “Jack Reacher.”
Here at The Digs, we wish all of you a healthy and prosperous 2013!
(Photo by Andy Starnes, Pittsburgh Press)
— Marylynne Pitz

Dec. 26, 1985: Pittsburghers party on New Year’s Eve”

Remember December of 1985? 

That was the year you could book a five-course dinner at the William Penn Hotel’s La Plume Restaurant on New Year’s Eve for $37.50 per person. That price included free parking in the Mellon Square Garage — always a selling point for Pittsburgh diners!  

But the unidentified couple and dog in this picture planned to greet the new year of 1986 while staying at home in their oh-so- retro kitchen. Nightclubbing was not on their agenda, according to a story in The Pittsburgh Press by Ann Butler. 

In her feature article, Ms. Butler quoted Barbara K. Shore, a professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh. People who plan to stay home on New Year’s Eve, Ms. Shore suggested, may wish to arrange a fun activity and invite friends to participate.

Ms. Shore’s also suggested lighting the candles and turning on the Christmas tree lights. Enjoy the last of the holiday cookies and don’t forget to break out the champagne at midnight.  Try out some new games. In 1985, Trivial Pursuit was still the favorite.  Or, go out to a movie. In 1985, some of the big hits were “Out of Africa,” “The Color Purple” and “A Chorus Line.” 

This time around, movie options include “Skyfall,” “Lincoln” and “Jack Reacher.”

Here at The Digs, we wish all of you a healthy and prosperous 2013!

(Photo by Andy Starnes, Pittsburgh Press)

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