Times Square had nothing on the Railroad Green, the site of Apple Eve, Warwick’s first ever New Year’s Eve celebration on Sat., Dec. 31. This free event, co-sponsored by the Merchant’s Guild and the Village of Warwick, attracted hundreds of people from Warwick and beyond.
Families with young children flocked to the Railroad Green in the early evening to enjoy the bouncy houses, DJ, photo booth and the free giveaways and refreshments. The crowd thinned out around 10 p.m. as families with young children returned home. That changed around 11 p.m. as there was a huge turnout of adults who came to participate in the festivities and gathered to watch the “apple” drop.
The Warwick “apple,” a fiberglass “ball,” was the crown jewel of the evening. The Apple, provided by Warwick’s John Redman, founder and CEO of the Union Square Group, was raised for the children at 8:30 p.m. It was lowered during the countdown to midnight, after a toast was given by Mayor Michael Newhard, the master of ceremonies. Everyone had the opportunity to join-in the toast with free sparkling cider.
After the “apple” dropped people shouted, “Happy New Year,” and welcomed 2017 with noisemakers. The upbeat crowd continued to dance in the street to the sounds of DJ Chris Ford. The event was a huge success thanks to generous donations from local businesses and to the volunteers and members of the Village’s Sesquicentennial Committee and the Department of Public Works.
Apple Eve was the kick-off for the Village’s sesquicentennial year of special events. There will be other events throughout the year in celebration of the Village’s 150th anniversary.
The Warwick Valley Meistersingers, under the direction of Noreen Hanson, treated the gathering crowd at Apple Eve to some holiday music, including Handl’s Hallelujah Chorus & Auld Lang Syne, before the apple was raised on Railroad Ave. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Katie Bisaro
Warwick’s Apple Eve, the kick-off to a year’s worth of sesquicentennial events, was all about family fun. Here, the Mezzetti family – Chip & Inga with sons, Cormac (standing) & Lochlann (held by Mom), commemorate the event in front of the apple that was raised at 8:30 p.m. with a ‘count up’ until it was dropped a la Times Square at the stroke of midnight. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Katie Bisaro
Mayor Michael Newhard welcomed everyone to Apple Eve, the kick-off celebration for the Village of Warwick’s Sesquicentennial (150th) Anniversary year. Newhard took time to thank those responsible for the event, including the Sesquicentennial Committee, the Village Board of Trustees, Department of Public Works (who rigged the apple to raise it), the police, fire & EMS departments, & the local businesses who provided refreshments & services for the event. He then led the ‘count up’ to 10 as the apple was raised on Railroad Ave. to be dropped at midnight. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Katie Bisaro
Hats, noisemakers, whistles & confetti were all provided for Apple Eve revelers to ring in 2017 & the start of the Village of Warwick’s year-long Sesquicentennial celebration. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Katie Bisaro
Hundreds gathered on Railroad Ave. in the heart of the Village of Warwick for Apple Eve, the kick-off event to the Village’s Sesquicentennial. The crowd swelled just before midnight in anticipation of the dropping of the apple that had been raised earlier in the evening. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Katie Bisaro
Free refreshments were available to all who attended Apple Eve. ShopRite, Pennings Farm Market, Ochs Orchard & Tuscan Café all provided food & beverages including hot chocolate, apple cider, baked goods & apple cider donuts There were also several large sheet cakes featuring the Sesquicentennial logo. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Katie Bisaro