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Berlin’s ‘Ball Drop’ gains crowds in just a short time

12/24/13 | By Sheila R. Cherry, Associate Editor

BERLIN—The Town of Berlin will partying its way into 2014 from 10 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2013 to 1 a.m. New Year’s Day.

Festivities set to take place during the party include a Ball Drop countdown, which will take place where Main Street intersects with Broad Street.

Berlin Mayor Gee Williams is expected to begin the opening ceremony with a traditional salutation, as he did last year, according to Economic and Development Director Michael Day. This year’s musical host will be Big Al Reno from Ocean 98.1 WCOM, who served as master of ceremonies at Berlin’s Octoberfest.

The evening’s other activities and offerings will include horse and carriage rides and vendors selling hot dogs and hamburgers.

Day said the town’s open container law will be suspended from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Berlin’s Main Street stores will be closing at their own discretion, he said.

The Atlantic Hotel and The Globe will be selling adult beverages and food, according to Day.

Other restaurants will be open and will be having specials, he added.

He invited would-be revelers to enjoy a “Times Square” experience in small town Berlin. Last year’s celebration attracted a crowd of 3,022, he said, adding that he was expecting the same number, if not more, this year.

Berlin’s official New Year’s Eve attraction is a dual countdown ball that is designed as a 24- inch mirror ball surrounded by an outer sphere of 36 metal bands of lights. It will descend from a building roof at the town center as the stroke of midnight approaches.

This year, Berlin’s celebration will have a little competition, but it is not expected to affect turnout in town. Salisbury is doing a ball drop for the first time this year, according to Day. “I am thrilled that other communities on the Shore are also having New Year’s Eve celebrations,” he said.

During a recent town council meeting Mayor Williams noted that Berlin’s New Year’s Eve celebration creates little in the way of parking problems because so many of the celebrants live close enough to walk to the festivities.

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