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December 30th, 2012

What’s Going On?, Historic Lewes, Delaware, First Town in the First State Celebrates New Year’s, “Blast” in the New Year Annual Anchor Drop at the Overfalls, First Day, First Hike, First 2013 Screening. “Little Sparrows”

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Monday, 12/31/2012 – Lewes, Delaware is the place to be when the Second Annual “Blast” in the New Year Annual Anchor Drop at the Overfalls – It is a new tradition in Historic Lewes.  Location? 219 Pilottown Rd.  Time?  11:30 – 12:30 p.m.

The Lightship Overfalls is one of only 17 remaining lightships and it is one of 7 lightships still open to the public.  It was built  in 1938.  It is also one of the only two lightships built in the 20th Century.  It was the last one to be commissioned by the U.S. Light House Service.

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Get your family and friends and celebrate the New Year on the ONLY National Historic Landmark that does a ball drop on New Year’s Eve.

A lighted “ceremonial” anchor will begin its symbolic drop on New Year’s Eve from the top of the vessel’s tall mid-ship mast touching the main deck at the stroke of midnight and will coincide with a “blast” of the ship’s whistle.

There will be hot chocolate to sip, fire pits to ward off the winter chill, and, of course, music to keep everyone hopping!!

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Tuesday, 1/1/2013 and Saturday, 1/5/2013 – New Year’s Point Hike (1.6 miles) – 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.   This is the First State, First Day, First Hike.  It is a national movement sponsored by America’s State Parks to have all 50 states offer First Day Hikes.  To get you to start the new year on a healthy note.  Meet at the Point Park Parking Lot at the Cape Henlopen State Park.  Please call 302-645-6852 to register and for directions.

This is a free event.  Ages 7 (with an adult) and up.

Note:  No dogs, please.

Wednesday, 1/2/2013 – Screening “Little Sparrows” at Movies at Midway, located on Coastal Highway (Rt. 1) between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach.  This is the first 2013 screening in the Around the World Series of critically acclaimed, international, independent films.  Time?  7 p.m.  It is free and open to the public.

“Just as winter begins in earnest in the U.S., summer appears in Australia.  “Little Sparrows” takes the audience Down Under and introduces them to a family at a crossroads….

Happy New Year!!

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December 27th, 2011

What’s Going On?, Toot the Horn, “Anchor Drop”, Lightship Overfalls, The only National Historic Landmark that does a “Ball” Drop, Historic Lewes, Delaware, 12/31, 11:55 p.m.

 

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New Year’s Eve in Lewes, Delaware, is something not to be missed.  Weather permitting a full lighted anchor will be dropped from the mast of Lightship Overfalls, to its deck, with a countdown into the New Year.  This is an annual tradition.  It is the only National Historic Landmark that does a “ball drop”.

Lightship Overfalls was part of manned lightships or “floating lighthouses” that were started by the U.S. government in 1820.  It is one of the 17 remaining and one of only 7 of such vessels in the country that is still open to the public.  For more info., please visit http://www.overfalls.org.

These floating lighthouses could be placed in deep waters where it was practically impossible to put fixed structures; they could also be moved easily.

In the mid 20th century new automated lights and radio signals made these vessels a thing of the past.

Lighthship Overfalls was built in 1938 and was one of the last to be built.  In 1973 it was given to the Lewes Historical Society.

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Then, on 12/7/01 ownership was transferred to the Overfalls Maritime Museum Foundation.  It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

So, if you are in Lewes, for this last day of 2011, then put on your party hat and get down to the canal, right at Front and Shipcarpenter Streets.  Help everyone welcome 2012, toot the horn and drop that anchor.

 

Have a good time!!!

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