A number of food items and inanimate objects will be dropped - and in some cases, raised - to bring in the New Year.
When it comes to New Year’s Eve drops, Pennsylvania has one of the most eclectic and numerous events across the country. Locally, Central Pennsylvania has quite a fair number of those drops.
Perry County has its huckleberries in New Bloomfield, sled in Duncannon, canal boat in Liverpool and wooden cow in Blain, while Dauphin County boasts a strawberry in Harrisburg, Hemlock tree in Halifax, Hershey Kiss in Hershey, lollipops in Hummelstown and giant shoe in Palmyra. A little farther out, Lebanon County drops the pretzel in Cleona and Lebanon Bologna in Lebanon; York County drops a lion with a cigar in Red Lion, a white rose in York City and pickles in Dillsburg; and Lancaster County raises the lighted orb in Manheim and a red rose in Lancaster City while dropping the M&M in Elizabethtown.
Cumberland County also has a few New Year’s Eve destinations for area residents.
Carlisle will be celebrating its 15th First Night Carlisle celebration, in which it will drop the Indy car at midnight on West High Street.
Before that drop, however, a number of businesses and churches will be open and featuring entertainment starting at 6 p.m. and running to the car drop.
High Street will have a bounce house from 6 to 9, a demonstration from ice sculptor Tim Harris from 6 to 9:30, carriage rides from 7 to 9 and DJ Bob Foltz will take over at 11 to get ready for the drop and the fireworks.
Meanwhile, there will be musical entertainment at several locations, including the Carlisle Theatre, Comfort Suites, The Weiss Center for the Arts at Dickinson College, First Presbyterian Church, First United Church of Christ, Grace United Methodist Church, the old Courthouse, St. John’s Episcopal Church and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Some of that entertainment will feature anything from bands like Ruby & the Hummingbirds to professional Elvis impersonator Brad Crum to Carlisle High School’s comedy improv group Wingin’ It.
Other activities include ballroom dancing instruction by Frank and Maureen Hancock at Comfort Suites and children’s art activities at the Carlisle Arts Learning Center.
West High Street from Hanover to College streets, the first block of North and South Pitt streets and the first block of North and South West streets will be blocked off for pedestrian traffic during the event.
In order to take part in the festivities, visitors should purchase buttons. Buttons can still be purchased for $15 beginning at noon at the Carlisle Theatre. For more information and a program, go to www.firstnightcarlisle.org.
Elsewhere in the county
While Carlisle prepares for the Indy car, Mechanicsburg will prepare for its ninth Annual Wrench Drop on East Main Street.
Festivities will start at 10:30 p.m. and run to 12:30 a.m. with musical entertainment provided by DJ Patrick Leer leading up to the countdown to the drop of the 10 1/2-foot lighted wrench.
Along with music, there will be food and beverages sold by the Washington Fire Co., while some area businesses — Olde Town Books and Brew and Warm Hearts Cafe — will stay open.
The event is free, and free parking is available at Myers-Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory behind its facility, accessible via East Strawberry Avenue.
Also in Cumberland County, Shippensburg will have its 11th annual New Year’s Eve event and Anchor Drop starting at 8 p.m. in downtown Shippensburg. A variety of activities and food will be available on King Street, which will be closed to traffic between Penn and North Fayette streets.
Phantom Shadow will DJ and provide inflatable games for the evening, carriage rides will be offered near the SHAPE Gallery and a large screen TV will broadcast New Year’s Eve festivities from Time Square. The event is free and open to the public.
Lower Allen Township is the newest municipality to offer a drop, and for the second year in a row, it will drop its 5’ tall pair of yellow breeches.
The evening’s activities will begin at 8 p.m. at the barn at Lower Allen Community Park at 4075 Lisburn Road. There will be free entertainment, food and beverages, though monetary donations will be accepted for the township’s Fun Fort, which was reopened in May after an arson. Non-perishable food items will also be collected for New Hope Ministries’ food pantry.
Lower Allen’s drop is a non-alcoholic event.
Though most municipalities only celebrate one drop, Dillsburg in northern York County will offer two — one for the children (and adults) who can’t quite stay up to midnight to see the New Year for its 20th annual event.
Activities will start at 4:30 p.m. with plenty of indoor entertainment and Mrs. Pickle will drop at 7 p.m. Mr. Pickle won’t drop until midnight, where he will be joined by fireworks.
The drops will be at Citizens Hose Fire Co. at 109 S. Baltimore St., and there will be plenty of refreshments, including cheesesteaks, hot dogs, hamburgers, hot chocolate, coffee, chicken corn soup and some pickle-centric foods — pickle soup and chocolate-covered pickles.
There will be children’s activities and face painting from 4:30 to 8, music and karaoke from 4:30 to 11, bingo from 8 to 11:30, and DJ Brad Milbrand will have a dance in the street from 9 to midnight.