Admire the mushroom in Kennett Square as the clock strikes 12
● By Steven Hoffman
What are you doing New Year's Eve?
If you live anywhere near Kennett Square, you'll want to be standing at the intersection of Broad and State streets for the majestic sight of a huge lighted mushroom descending as the crowd counts down to 2015.
The inaugural “Midnight in the Square” was a surprise hit last year, and the organizers are hoping for even bigger and better response this year, weather permitting. The great thing about the Mushroom Drop at midnight is that there's plenty to do beforehand – grab dinner at one of the borough's restaurants, which will be open late, or stop by one of the food trucks in the area. Festivities start at 9 p.m. on Dec. 31 and end at 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1.
The Funsters -- known for their wide range of music, from Frank Sinatra to Elvis Presley to the Beach Boys -- will be on stage on West State Street to keep the party moving.
Bob's Crane Services will once again lower the mushroom, which is studded with brilliant white lights, into the center of town. Last year, the event had a big Twitter and Facebook presence, which was good news for all of Kennett Square's downtown businesses.
Parking is available at the Kennett High School parking lot and at the Exelon parking lot. Free shuttle buses will bring guests from these parking lots to Broad and State streets, and return guests from there to their cars after the Mushroom Drop. Remember that while it's a party, regulations prohibit alcohol being carried or consumed in the streets.
Admission is the donation of a non-perishable item or canned good. All donations will be given to the Kennett Area Community Services Food Cupboard.
“Midnight in the Square” is a joint venture of the Kennett Area Restaurant and Merchants Association and the Mushroom Festival, Inc. For more information, visit www.midnightinthesquare.com.