By Bill Minsker
The first-ever New Year’s Eve celebration in Linglestown – called Jingle Linglestown – was successfully held in the village square Monday evening. This event was created and organized by the Linglestown Area Civic Association (LACA).
Event host Tim Burns
Hosted by local radio celebrity, musician, and humorist Tim Burns, the festivities featured musical entertainment, food and non-alcoholic beverages, and climaxed with the ringing of bells to usher in 2013. About 250 people of all ages attended the event.
In addition to periodic music and humor by Burns, a group called “Mixed Nuts” and two other impromptu local groups provided music.
Thanks go out to Jim Murphy for allowing the event to be held at his business, Murphy’s Automotive Service, and to Boy Scout Troop 68, the Linglestown Fire Company, Linglestown Gazette blog, Lower Paxton Township Lions and Lioness Clubs, and LACA for providing food and beverages. Traffic and safety assistance was provided by the Linglestown Fire Company Fire Police.
Stefan Klosowski wards off evil spirits
Two costumed characters roamed the crowd to frighten away evil spirits, so as to insure a fine beginning to 2013. This ancient European custom known as Sylvester Claus was introduced by LACA member Stefan Klosowski and president Doug Kepler. As midnight neared, Klosowski led the gathering in the premier singing of his newly-created song, “Oh Linglestown,” which was sung to the tune of “America, the Beautiful.”
With weather perfect for a New Year’s Eve celebration, the public gathering rang in the start of 2013 with the assistance of a large countdown clock and the use of hand and cow bells, including collector bells sold by LACA.
LACA hopes to expand Jingle Linglestown a year from now by getting more people and organizations to join in the fun of staging a community gathering to kick off 2014.