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The Times
  • New Year’s Eve gathering to cap off Christmas in Ilion

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  • ILION — The Christmas in Ilion Committee will host its annual New Year’s Eve gathering at John Guy Prindle Apartments on Tuesday, Dec. 31, capping off a month of events throughout the village.
    Joanne Moore, a member of the committee, said Thursday the event will start at 10 p.m. John “The Singing Barber” Seymour will deejay the event, which will include hot cocoa and burn barrels to keep visitors warm outside.
    Moore said the event will take place at Prindle Apartments, at 80 E. North St., this year instead of its regular venue at London Towers due to flooding experienced at the facility in June. Moore said on Thursday they’re still working out the details on where exactly the ball is going to drop; either inside the gazebo or on top of the roof somewhere.
    Moore, a committee member for nine years, said the New Year’s Eve event draws up to 500 people.
    “I think it’s important for the community that we all come together to ring in the New Year, to hope for better things in a festive setting,” she said. “It’s really enjoyable. It’s fun for people of all ages. We have a lot of senior citizens that go, because of they live in the housing units, and the young children, their excitement builds just being there ‘til midnight.”
    The Ilion Fire Department will assist the committee with setting up the New Year’s Eve ball that is housed at their station.
    “They’re gracious to help us to drop the ball and to make sure it’s in working order,” said Moore.
    Most Americans — 54 percent — say they’ll be ringing in the New Year at home, while 1 in 5 are heading to a friend’s or family member’s house. Only 8 percent say they’ll go to a bar, restaurant or other organized event.
    Younger Americans are least apt to spend the holiday at home: 39 percent of those under age 30 will celebrate at home, 33 percent at someone else’s home, 13 percent at a bar or other venue.
    Regardless of their own time zone, nearly 6 in 10 say they’ll watch at least some of the celebration from New York City’s Times Square.
    Other Christmas in Ilion events in December included a tree-lighting ceremony, a tour of Christmas lights throughout the village, concerts from school bands and choruses and caroling at Mohawk Valley Health Care Center. A Senior Ball took place on Dec. 12 for those 55 years and older at Francesca’s Banquets and Catering. On Dec. 13, there was a night of singing and sundaes in the Annunciation School auditorium, which included a food drive for the local food pantry.
    “They were phenomenal,” said Moore about the other Christmas in Ilion events this year. “We had a wonderful group of people who helped us out.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Photos from this year’s events are posted on the group’s Facebook page.
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    The Associated Press contributed to this report
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