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New Year’s Eve celebrations in Central PA

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In addition to the family friendly celebrations in Carlisle, York, and Bethlehem, there are additional towns with good fun this evening. This year two towns have cancelled their events; there will be no lollipop drop in Hummelstown this year, nor will there be a shoe drop in Palmyra.

· Harrisburg: This event mixes families with the folks who are downtown at the bars and clubs so it is not as family-oriented as other locations. However it is still good fun and for folks with kids there is a special celebration inside.

o Beginning at 9 p.m. and continuing on until a little after midnight, the main event (for all ages) will be broadcast live by ABC Channel 27. This is the 25th year for dropping the strawberry at Strawberry Square. You may have seen in the news that the strawberry fell the other day but the city says that all will be well at midnight. Before the countdown there will be non-stop musical entertainment at the Countdown Stage. Performers include RaDash, Erica Lyn Everest, AddiaMuziq, and X-Factor. Mayor Thompson will signal the Strawberry Drop from the top of the Hilton Harrisburg and Towers which will be followed by a street level fireworks display.

o Families with kids will enjoy the children’s activities inside the Government City Center. Kids will be treated to a performance by the Popcorn Hat Players, face painting, a balloon artist, and more with volunteers from the Arthritis Foundation. In addition kids will get a cup of hot chocolate and cookies (coffee will also be available for adults) at no cost.

· Dillsburg: Although this year marks the 21st Annual Pickle Drop at the Citizen’s Hose Fire Company Hall (109 S. Baltimore Street) in Dillsburg the town is not named for pickles but rather for Matthew Dill, the first settler there. But the folks there like to have a little fun with their name. Running from 4:30 p.m. until Midnight their celebration at Dillsburg Square.

o From 4:30 until 8 p.m. a blood drive at the fire house to benefit the Central PA Blood Bank will take place; there will be free T-shirts for donors (while supplies last).

o 4-30-11:30 p.m. there will be indoor entertainment at the Community Memorial Hall with children’s games to benefit the New Hope Ministries. The Pickle Parlor will be available for folks wanting face, hair, or fingernail painting. If you’re hungry you may purchase everything from pickle soup to cheese steaks, and make sure to try the pickle dip chocolate fountain.

o Baby’s First Pickle Drop: From 4:30-7 p.m. interactive magician Michael Thomas will perform for all ages followed by Baby’s First Pickle Drop. “Lil’ Dill” the baby gherkin will have her first drop this year in conjunction with midnight in Ireland as a salute to the Irish founders of the town. This event is great for folks who want to get the kids home and to bed before midnight.

o 7:30-11:30 p.m. the Dillsburg Kiwanis will host Bingo upstairs in the hall

o 9-Midnight will see outdoor entertainment at South Baltimore Street. Feel free to dance to music provided by Rhythm on Main.

o DJ Brad Milbrand of Silver Disc Productions will host the Pickle Drop at Midnight. This will be followed by a fireworks display.

· York-Heidelberg United Church of Christ: Located at 47 West Philadelphia Street, the church will have a special edition of their coffee house, the Heidelbean, from 7:30-11:30 p.m. There will be music for listening and dancing by a band that (in the opinion of your Harrisburg Frugal Family Examiner) has one of the best names ever: The Stray Catechisms and Friends. There is no admission fee but donations will be gladly accepted. For additional information please call (717) 730-1030.

· York Friends (Quaker) Meetinghouse: For a quieter evening there will be a candlelight concert by Flute & Friends Duo Ed (flute) and Fran (Harpsichord and keyboards) Norton. There will be 4 performances at 7, 8:15, 9:30, and 10:30 p.m. Their repertoire includes baroque and light classical music. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase although the admission is free. For additional information please call (717) 515-0631.

· Lancaster: The other half of the War of the Roses (York drops a White Rose) will take place at a family-oriented event from 10 p.m. until midnight at Binns Park. This is a free event. Sponsored by Susquehanna Bank the evening includes a concert by Shrimpboat, a local funk, blues and soul band. At midnight the Red Rose will drop to signal the arrival of 2014.

· Hershey: The “Sweetest Place on Earth” will host their annual Hershey Kiss raising in the town square followed by fireworks.

· Duncannon: The borough will host a celebration from 10 p.m. until midnight on the Duncannon Square. Folks will enjoy free hotdogs and free hot beverages while socializing with neighbors. As in years past everyone will receive a free commemorative wooden nickel and door prize tickets. This year’s prizes have been donated by local businesses. The Perry County All Stars will provide musical entertainment beginning at 10 until the annual Sled Drop from the Duncannon Fire Company’s 4-story ladder truck. This will be followed by the singing of Auld Lang Syne by all present. The 10 foot long sled is a replica of the famous Lightning Glider Sled that was manufactured in Duncannon from 1904-1990. A local resident created the sled for the borough.

· Mechanicsburg: The 10th Annual Wrench Drop will take place in front of the Washington Fire Company (53 East Main Street). Free parking will be available at Myers-Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematorium (37 East Main Street). Beginning at 10:30 p.m. with musical entertainment provided by DJ Bob Arbogast, folks will want to bring some money for novelty items from Dellingers Concessions as well as the always-popular replica wrench. Once again Boy Scout Troop 283 will be selling their collector’s edition replica wrenches. At midnight the 10 ½ foot, light-covered wrench will drop bringing in the New Year.

· Lebanon: The 16 foot Lebanon bologna will once again be dropped at the Edward Jones New Year’s Eve Bologna Drop in the parking lot at 9th & Cumberland Streets.

· Elizabethtown: For the first time this year they will drop a Dove Promise Bar instead of an M&M . A drop will occur at 7 p.m. (Irish New Year) to occur at the same time as their sister city, Letterkenny, Ireland. Family fun includes live music, a bouncy castle, a children’s are for arts & crafts as well as food. A firework display will take place after midnight.

· Shippensburg: The 13th Annual Anchor Drop will take place at the intersection of King and Earl Streets. The celebration runs from 9 p.m. until midnight and includes carriage rides, inflatable slide, moon bounce, photo booth, rock wall, and Zero Shock Stunt Jump. Sponsored by the Rotary Club, the rotarians will be passing out hats and noisemakers. Musical entertainment will be provided by DJ Phantom Shadow.

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