December 31 @ 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Welcoming the new year on German time in recognition of the community’s heritage — 6 p.m. EST is midnight in Germany. 5-K and 1-Mile races, museum tours, pork and sauerkraut dinner, comedic short film “Dinner for One,” foretelling the new year with Bleigiessen’s melted lead bits, Christmas tree throwing contest, refreshments, entertainment, specialty shops’ year-end sales, all capped by ball drop and fireworks.
It’s an afternoon of fun and family activities sponsored the Harmony borough and Harmony Museum with local business support. Now in its 9th year, Silvester attracts thousands of celebrants to the National Historical Landmark on New Year’s Eve. The town square will be jammed with people from throughout the tri-state area, cheering a ball drop and fireworks to greet the new year at 6 p.m. — midnight in Germany. The event also serves as a year-end fundraising opportunity for the nonprofit museum and Harmony’s parks.
Year-end specials can be found in the town’s shops and restaurants all afternoon. From 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., the museum offers self-guided tours for a $2 donation; Bleigiessen, a German tradition of interpreting melted lead shapes for what the new year might hold, also $2; from 3:30 p.m., a pork and sauerkraut dinner for $12, and continuous free showings in the museum’s 1809 wine cellar of “Dinner for One,” a hilarious 1960s film short, in English, popular in Germany on New Year’s Eve. There’s also face painting and live music at Bottlebrush Gallery, and other activities throughout town.
New this Silvester is a Christmas wreath tossing contest for children under 10. It joins the popular Christmas tree tossing contest for adults and older youths. Both begin at 3 p.m. in the museum driveway. The event is inspired by a contest begun several years ago in southwest Germany. Prizes for the tree toss are a $20.17 gift certificate from the Harmony Museum Shop, and the Harmony eatery Wunderbar Coffee & Crepes. The winning wreath thrower wins a painting party at Bottlebrush Gallery in Harmony. Each toss is a $2 donation.
Races that raise funds for the borough’s parks are key Silvester events — a 5 Kilometer Run starts at 3:30 p.m. and 1 Mile Fun Run at 4:15. Race registration starts at 1:30 at Grace Church in Harmony.