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McDonough ‘Geranium Drop’ to usher in New Year

New York City has a large ball descending from the sky overlooking Times Square, on New Year’s Eve. Atlanta uses a “Peach Drop” to bring in the New Year.

The City of McDonough is set to ring in 2012 with a fragrant cascade of red flowers.

The first-ever Geranium Drop will be held on The Square, Saturday, with festivities beginning at 8:30 p.m., and opening remarks by Mayor Billy Copeland.

“We’ve talked about doing it for four or five years,” said Mike Warren, president of Cape Insurance Solutions, one of the coordinators of the free holiday event. “This year, we finally said, ‘Let’s just do it.’ The city found out about it, and they’re a huge help with it.”

Lynn Loggins, owner of the Seasons Bistro restaurant, and Lee Freeman, of the Hargrave, Freeman & Leto accounting firm, are other coordinators.

Saturday’s event, Warren said, will feature a combination of vendors, lots of music, and a dance floor. It will culminate with a five-foot flower pot dropping geraniums for observers to enjoy.

“The McDonough Fire Department is going to let us use their large fire truck, and we’re going to drop geraniums from the truck,” said Warren. “It’s based on the theme of Times Square, and the Peach Drop in Atlanta.”

Other attractions for the Geranium Drop include a photo booth, and performances by the Mackie Creek Band, and singers, Danny Ray and Dane Hildreth, son of Henry County Schools Superintendent Ethan Hildreth.

Warren said representatives from several local charities also will be on hand, selling refreshments and other items.

“We’re going to have five or six non-profits that are participating,” said Warren. “We’re not going to charge them anything to be on The Square, and whatever money they make will go back to their organizations. So many people don’t want to travel to Atlanta, or go very far. This will be something people have easy access to, and can visit merchants on The Square, and, hopefully, raise an awareness of the non-profits in the community.”

McDonough’s Media Relations Specialist Casey Case credited local business owners for working together to create the Geranium Drop concept, as a way to draw more people to the city.

“I think it will be exciting to welcome 2012 right here on The Square, and not have to go somewhere else to find fun and excitement,” said Case. “The first Geranium Drop will certainly be interesting, and I hope we have lots of people attend and enjoy the entertainment and refreshments prior to the big drop at midnight.”

Case added that all downtown McDonough eateries will stay open late on New Year’s Eve, with the exception of Gritz Family Restaurant.

“Geranium Gulp” commemorative cups will be on sale for $5 each, to use in drink specials. Geranium Drop events will also feature a $1 Resolution Time Capsule & Masquerade Ball, at Seasons Bistro. Call (678) 583-1185, or e-mail mwarren@capemail.net.