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Watch the mushroom usher in 2019

12/20/2018 10:17AM ● By J. Chambless

The lighted mushroom will descend in Kennett Square on Dec. 31, signaling the start of 2019.

Kennett Square's version of the Times Square ball drop will be held Dec. 31 in the heart of downtown.

Midnight in the Square opens with a laser light show at 6 p.m., and at midnight, a lighted mushroom will be raised to mark the new year at State and Union streets. At 6:30 p.m., there will be children's entertainmenty Dan and Galla at the Garage on South Union Street, and Kennett Brewing will be serving food, beer and wine. The “On The Roll” food truck will be serving food and drinks outside.

Live entertainment outdoors will include the KMC Dancers, Longwood Performing Arts, the Rose Project, and Fred McCarthy, followed by the Funsters rock band from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Kennett Square restaurants and some shops will be open. Reservations are being accepted at Grain, the Kennett Brewing company, the Kennett Square Inn, La Verona, Lily's Asian Cuisine, Portabello's and Verbena.

Parking is available at Exelon Way off of East Baltimore Pike, and Kennett High School, with free shuttle buses running from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Open container laws will be enforced. Bags will be checked at the event entrances, and no back packs are allowed.

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