Fireworks in Neahwa Park on Wednesday night will cap Oneonta's yearlong centennial celebration and help usher in the new year.
Although there are no large-scale, city-wide events on tap for New Year's Eve, a series of workshops, parties, concerts and dinners provide ample reason to head downtown, Mayor John Nader said Monday.
Fireworks that have in previous years been set off at the stroke of midnight in Neahwa Park will be launched into the sky at 20:08 military time, or 8:08 p.m.
The city has not had a First Night celebration since 2006. Last year, the City of Oneonta Centennial Committee held a city-wide New Year's Eve event similar to previous First Nights. But the committee did not plan as large of an event as last year, and unlike the last 10 years, there will be no parade in Oneonta.
The Centennial Committee has carried out a series of events commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the city charter. The events included a Centennial Ball, an ice cream social _ which was co-sponsored by The Daily Star _ a balloon festival and a parade. Numerous other sponsors were involved in centennial events.
The centennial finale concert will be offered by the Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Admission is free.
Several other events are associated with the "Centennial Farewell."
"It will still be a busy night in Oneonta," Nader said.
Community dinners will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Society and the First United Methodist Church at the corner of Chestnut and Church streets from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
The Oneonta World of Learning is holding storytelling and arts and crafts programs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Society on Ford Avenue. The Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts will also host arts and crafts programs for children between 1 to 3 p.m. at the Wilber Mansion on Ford Avenue. Arts educators will be working with children on sun and moon masks, as well as Chinese calligraphy.
The Oneonta Family YMCA will hold its Frostbite 5K race starting at 1 p.m. For more information, including registration and fees, call the YMCA at 432-0010.
Also on New Year's Eve, in events not associated with the centennial, Foothills Performing Arts Center and the Autumn Cafe will be hosting live music with admissions charges to the respective venues. Blues Maneuver will play at the Foothills New Year's Eve Extravaganza, which starts at 9 p.m. and features catered food for $75 a ticket. George Kilby Jr. and the Road Dogs will play at the Autumn Cafe beginning at about 10 p.m. with $12 advance tickets or $14 at the door.