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December 30, 2013

Revived New Year's ball dropping in NT


Niagara Gazette — “It’s a great event to bring people down to the area, but we just didn’t have the manpower, so we turned it back over the pubs themselves,” she said. 

Mugs are available for $10 presale at the Riviera Theatre, Broadway Hotel, Crazy Jake’s, Dwyer’s Irish Pub, Mooney’s, PJ Hooligan’s, the Elks Lodge and the American Legion. (The cost is $15 the day of the event.)

The pub crawl will take place from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.; those who make a purchase of any kind at each pub will get a card stamped. Full cards can be redeemed for a 2013 Pub Crawl T-shirts by 1 a.m. at the Riviera. Participants must be at least 21 years old.

For the much younger set, the Kids Fun Zones will take place again from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday for children 3 to 10 at Salem United Church of Christ, 114 Morgan St., City of Tonawanda, and event for children ages 11 and older at Rainbow Roller Rink, 101 Oliver St., North Tonawanda. 

One change is expected — both locations will have an earlier New Year’s countdown and balloon drop at 8:30 p.m. — but most of the usual events at the sites will continue, said Tracey Miles, the Kids Fun Zone chairperson.

“We will have face painters, magicians, and we’re also going to have costumed characters this year,” she said. The balloon drops, which will be at the earlier time due to feedback from parents whose small children were worn out by 9 p.m., will also be twice as big.

The church site will also include entertainment by Zippedy the Clown, a demo by Niagara Dive & Rescue, bounce houses, games, storytelling and crafts. The rink will provide glow necklaces for the first 50 participants, bounce houses, games and New Year’s hat decorating.

Special buttons (designed this year by Kade Forkey of North Tonawanda) are necessary for admission to the zones and are available for $5 pre-sale at Budwey’s Supermarket, Division Street; Walker Bros. & Monroe Jewelers, Webster Street; and the DeGraff Hospital gift shop, Tremont Avenue, all in North Tonawanda. Buttons will also be available at the door for $6. Parents are admitted free.

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