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December 26th, 2012 by Monrovia Weekly
Monrovia’s historic Old Town district will host its 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve on Myrtle this year. The event will begin at 7 p.m. on the December 31st and will feature a live band, a beer and wine garden, and a family-friendly seating area with tables and chairs for outside diners complete with free games and fun crafts for the kiddies. At midnight attendees will ring in the New Year with a traditional champagne toast and a not-so-traditional “Ball Raising”, Monrovia-style.
The “Ball Raising” – as opposed to the traditional Ball Drop – was the brainchild of Event Planner, Penny Arroyo, and Family Festival Productions working with Monrovia staff representative, Dan Bell as they brainstormed last year’s event. With no skyscrapers available for lowering the flashy ornament, the next best thing – the raising of the ball — is now the new tradition for Monrovia.
Restaurants in Old Town will be open, and many of the small shops will stay open late as well, so celebrants are encouraged to come early, dine out at their favorite restaurant, and, of course, do a little shopping before the band begins at about 7 p.m. And be prepared to dance because The Lance and Gary Show will return this year with their crowd-pleasing music that spans decades of favorite sounds.
Take the Myrtle off ramp from the 210 freeway and head north into Old Town where parking is always FREE. For more information check out www.OldTownMonroviaCA.com, or www.Cityof Monrovia.org, or call 626-357-1091.