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Getting the "Drop" on New Year's in a new way

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Consider starting out the new year with a new tradition. New Year’s Eve in Lincoln Square is an annual tradition for many locals and visitors to the greater surrounding Gettysburg areas around the holidays, but if you haven’t yet made this tradition your own, perhaps it’s time you considered doing so.

Other surrounding locales also have other New Year’s Eve traditional events that get a more unconventional “drop” on the new year. We all know about Time Square and the tradition of dropping a big round ball, but how about dropping an anchor to weigh in the new year? In Shippensburg, PA, that’s just what they do, and you may want to consider heading there for the Rotary Club’s Annual Anchor Drop, New Year’s Eve Celebration. For the 13th year, the Anchor Drop is being celebrated as a community tradition. Festivities get started at 9 p.m. at the intersection of King and Earl streets, on Dec. 31 and will feature horse and carriage rides, children’s activities, bumper cars, rock-climbing walls, a moon bounce, slide and much more. There will even be a BMX Extreme, Extravagant Show by Rising Star DJ and live entertainment by Phantom Shadow.

For many years, the Anchor has been suspended from a mobile crane and then dropped at midnight. In more recent years, the crane has been hung using the CV Hose Co. ladder truck. All the same, tradition dictates that at midnight, the anchor drops and the new year celebration continues on. Refreshments will be provided through out the night by Nut Shoppe, Select Restaurant, University Grille, Knute’s and participating businesses. Other sponsors to the event include: Beistle Company, Orrstown Bank, Kelley Roofing, State Farm, Gary Davis DDS, H&H Chevrolet, Knute’s, Chamberlin Wengert, Lowe’s, Kathy’s Deli, Volvo, the Shippensburg Sentinel and Serino Diehl – Internet Marketing. Last year’s Anchor Drop brought in 3,500 attendees. Help this year’s goal for 5,000 by bringing family and friends out to hoist in the new year!

Do you have resolutions? Perhaps your life is in a bit of a pickle and you want to resolve to do better this time around. Then come on out to Dillsburg for the New Year’s Eve Pickle Drop. This annual tradition, now in its 21st year, will begin in the afternoon and continue on through the new year, when the clock strikes 12! Kickoff for the event will start with a blood drive from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the Central PA Blood Bank, held at the Citizens’ Hose Fire Company. The climax for the celebration will take place on South Baltimore Street between 9 p.m. and midnight where guests will delight in outdoor entertainment, food (many varieties of pickles) and of course, the legendary Pickle Drop at midnight! Known as “Mr. Pickle,” each year a papier-mache pickle measuring 6 feet, is dropped from the local fire department’s ladder truck into a giant pickle barrel, at midnight. Fireworks will follow.

In addition to this two-decade old tradition, an earlier celebration takes place at 7 p.m. for young attendees who may not be able to “preserve” the state of remaining awake throughout midnight. For them, there is Baby Pickle’s First Drop. Here, Mr. Pickle’s baby gherkin, “Lil’ Dill,” will make her first plunge in conjunction with Ireland’s midnight hour. In addition to giving children an earlier time for celebration, this 7 p.m. midnight plunge also honors Dillsburg’s Irish founders.

In Mechanicsburg, people are trying to fix this past years’ mistakes with a wrench by ringing in the new year with the community’s yearly Wrench Drop. Beginning at 10:30 p.m. on 53 East Main Street, the celebration will include an array of games, entertainment and family-friendly fun. DJ Bob Arbogast will provide live music, and Dellinger’s Concessions and the Washington Fire Company will be vending food and beverage items. Additionally, Boy Scout Troop 283 will be selling their annual collector’s edition replica wrenches. All this will lead up to the anticipated climate everyone will be looking forward to for the 10th year in a row—the dropping of a 10 and a half foot wrench, adorned with lights, to ring in the new year.

Whether you choose to drop anchor, find yourself in a pickle, choose to “fix” the coming year, or endeavor to do something else, there are plenty of unique, novel ways to welcome in 2014 around the many local haunts in and around the community. However you choose to celebrate, start the new year out on a fun note!

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