Door County says farewell to 2018 on New Year’s Eve and welcomes in the New Year with the 2nd Annual Cherry Drop! What is a Cherry Drop? Creators of the event, fm 106.9 the Lodge, describe it as similar to the Time Square New Year’s Eve ball drop, but better because instead of a ball, it’s a giant sparkling cherry!
The 300-pound 6-foot cherry, donned with tiny red LED lights, is complete with a stem and green leaf. The cherry will reside suspended over Husby’s Food and Spirits until December 31st, when it is hoisted by crane over 150 feet and awaits the midnight countdown. New Year’s Eve in Sister Bay starts at the Sports Complex with ice skating and a roaring bon fire followed by the 8:00 pm Fireworks show. The Cherry Drop activities begin at 10:30 p.m. withThe Lodge broadcasting live from both Husby’s and The Sister Bay Bowl and playing the biggest party tunes of all time.
The village of Sister Bay has warmly welcomed the idea from Mike Mesic, owner of fm 106.9 the Lodge. “It’s a great fit for our village because we also offer family friendly activities earlier in the night and a Fireworks show. This builds on the festive atmosphere here in Sister Bay and brings both visitors and local residents together for a memorable evening”, said Louise Howson, Sister Bay Advancement Association coordinator who helped to get the event off the ground.
This year, organizers are excited to include an official midnight toast of cherry sparkle from Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery, a Central Standard Distillery cherry vodka signature cocktail, and an official Cherry Drop midnight kissing booth. During the event, Cherry Drop revelers are encouraged to make donations to a fund that provides home heating assistance to families in need in Door County.
Details on times for all holiday and New Year’s Eve activities in Sister Bay can be found at cometosisterbay.com and Facebook page.