Story by A.J. Arias
At the stroke of midnight on Mon., Dec. 31, residents and visitors from all over Warwick and its surrounding areas came out on New Year’s Eve to watch the apple drop at the 3rd Annual Apple Eve. Decked out in LED lights the apple, created by John Redman, came down at midnight to bring Warwick into 2019.
With a little help from mother-nature, the rain had come to a slight drizzle ten minutes before the big event as people started to come from local restaurants and nearby homes onto Railroad Ave. to celebrate the New Year.
The large apple replica, which hung from the ladder of a fire truck, was raised in the pouring rain at 11:30 p.m. where it towered over the Village until it came down onto a pedestal that read “2019.”
The Village of Warwick and the Warwick Volunteer Fire Department hosted the event to commemorate the fire department’s 150th anniversary of service to the community.
The setup was partnered with a large sign that was provided by the Village of Warwick Department of Public Works commemorating the Fire Department’s 150th year. During the event, sparkling cider and cake were offered to attendees. With another large turnout despite the natural elements, it looks like Apple Eve will be a tradition that will continue on for years to come. The event is the perfect way for the community to come together and celebrate the New Year as well as for residents to celebrate and thank the Fire Department for their bravery and courage that has helped keep residents safe for 150 years and for many more to come.
Happy New Year everyone and may it be filled with health and happiness!