Times Square has nothing on Railroad Green, the site of Apple Eve, Warwick’s first ever New Year’s Eve community celebration on Sat., Dec. 31 starting at 8 p.m. This free event, co-sponsored by the Merchant’s Guild and the Village of Warwick, promises fun and frivolity for the whole family.
Railroad Ave. will be all lit up and rocking with a professional DJ, bouncy castles for the kids, a photo booth, and two heated 20 x 40 tents. Cider and donuts will be provided by Och’s and Penning’s Orchards and cake decorated with the sesquicentennial (150th year) logo will be provided by ShopRite of Warwick.
The crown jewel of the evening is the Warwick Apple, a fiberglass “ball” to be raised at 8:30 p.m. for the benefit of youngsters, and then lowered to a traditional rambunctious countdown at midnight. Hats, horns, and buttons will be provided but all are invited, oldies style, to bring household noisemakers. Pots, pans, kid’s instruments, cowbells and homemade shakers will all be part of the fun.
Families are encouraged to make reservations for dinner at local restaurants and then mosey down to the Railroad Green. The idea is to provide a fun community party atmosphere where friends and families can hang out and celebrate. Think: summer concert series in December!
Apple Eve is the kickoff night for the Village’s sesquicentennial year of special events. There will be a merchandise table featuring beanies, mugs, blankets, and more, all decorated with the commemorative logo by local artist Nan Hoey. Proceeds of the sale of merchandise will go to the Village to support other upcoming events such as the Valentines Dinner Dance for senior citizens.
Village’s sesquicentennial year of special eventswill act as master of ceremonies and will provide a toast to the New Year with sparkling cider all around. Remember to dress warmly, according to the weather. Railroad Ave. will be closed to automobile traffic starting at 6 p.m. for setup. For more information visit www.Warwick150.org or the Village of Warwick, NY Sesquicentennial page on Facebook.
About the “apple”: The New Year’s Eve Apple “ball” is provided by Warwick’s John Redman, founder and CEO of the Union Square Group, an award winning creative and production services company. A staff artist sculpted a Styrofoam mold and then applied fiberglass resin to a tinted mesh cloth. The process resulted in the agreed upon Macintosh apple shape which is lit from within and wrapped in bands of light.