Story by Jennifer O’Connor
Although the temperature was frigid and in the single digits, an enthusiastic crowd participated in the festivities at the Village of Warwick Sesquicentennial Committee’s Second Annual Apple Eve on Sun., Dec. 31 at the Railroad Green. The event began with the burial of a stainless-steal time capsule designed by architect David Brandt, a former resident of Warwick. The capsule was buried at the Railroad Green Park.
This time capsule contains information that describes the planning that took place for the Village’s year-long Sesquicentennial celebration. Mayor Michael Newhard said that the hope is that it will be dug up on Apple Eve 2067 as the first message from the past.
Inside the capsule is the entire collection of posters and flyers that were printed promoting the events that took place throughout the year, along with the Commemorative Booklet and letters from Brandt and the Sesquicentennial Executive Committee. A plaque will indicate the location of the capsule.
After the capsule was buried, Bill Wilcox, a magician, entertained children and adults inside a heated tent, which was followed by children raising the Apple, a fiberglass “ball.” Inside the tent people kept warm as they danced to music provided by DJ Christopher Ford. Delicious refreshments were served such as hot apple cider, cider doughnuts, and cakes provided by ShopRite of Warwick and Jean Claude’s Patisserie & Dessert Café.
Throughout the evening everyone had the opportunity to win free prizes as well as have their picture taken in a photo booth and were able to meet the Headless Horseman – Lee Dillon who was on hand with her horse, Corinthian’s Eagle from the Corinthians Equestrian Center in Warwick.
Slightly before midnight, those who braved the cold weather, gathered on Railroad Ave. to watch the Apple drop. The crowd became especially enthusiastic as they counted down to the New Year as the Apple was lowered. Many shouted “Happy New Year” and welcomed 2018 with smiles and good cheer.