Silvesternacht sure to become a Tell City tradition

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Congratulations to Tell City on a successful second Silvesternacht. Some of our staff were among the crowd that packed City Hall Park Tuesday night for the New Year’s Eve festivities.

We echo the comments of many who voiced their appreciation that night for an opportunity to gather – as families and a community – to celebrate the arrival of 2014.

Sponsored by the Perry County Quality of Life Committee, Silvesternacht was conceived as a community celebration of New Year’s Eve with activities for people of all ages. A generation ago, those festivities were mainly reserved for adults and were focused on live entertainment and alcohol.

Those elements of New Year’s Eve celebrations remain and are by no means bad, but many families with younger children often faced the choice of staying home and watching TV, going out to dinner and then heading home or hiring a babysitter and celebrating New Year’s away from their kids.

This year’s Silvesternacht offered options for everyone.Tell City Junior-Senior High School was again open for swimming, snacks and games. A warm pool in the middle of winter remains quite the draw and the crowd at the school was large.

Thanks to school officials for opening the doors for the evening and for their and other volunteers’ time in supervising events.

We know they might otherwise be spending time on New Year’s with their spouses and children. We appreciate their willingness to give of their time.

St. Paul Church joined this year’s celebration with activities in its parish hall. We heard lots of people say they enjoyed the music, card playing and social time there. Thanks to parish members who planned events. We hope other churches and groups offer their own activities.

Events in City Hall Park were fun-filled as midnight neared, with a rousing bubble-wrap stomp, music and food. Perry County Memorial Hospital’s foundation sold – at reasonable prices – hot dogs, chili, popcorn and hot beverages. That was a great addition.

Also new was a pub crawl that drew  people into bars and eateries in the city’s downtown area. We heard many compliments about that event and we’re sure it will expand for next year.

This year’s fireworks served as a great finale to the evening and moving the show closer to the park added to the excitement. Thanks to the Tell City Fire Department for supervising the fireworks show.
Thanks to this year’s sponsors of the event and all of the volunteers who helped.  

After just two years, Silvesternacht is already clearly a success and we look forward to seeing it grow each year. New events, such as the pub crawl, added each year will build the tradition. We might recommend a teen dance somewhere in the city.

We also hope the event draws people from across the county and nearby communities, all eager to celebrate the past year and welcome the new year with the dropping of Tell City’s big apple.

Thanks again for a memorable night and cheers to 2014.

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