Fifth annual New Year’s Eve Geranium Drop coming to McDonough
By Jason A. Smith
It’s almost that time, folks – time to turn the page on the beginning of another new year in Henry County.
In Henry County, that means a budding holiday tradition is on tap, once again, to help usher in the occasion.
The 2015 Geranium Drop had around 3,000 in attendance. This year they expect that number to grow. Special photo
The fifth annual Geranium Drop is set to return to the McDonough Square Dec. 31, beginning at 8 p.m. The free event will feature a night of music and celebration which is quickly becoming a holiday staple in the area.
Christy Collier, tourism director for McDonough Hospitality & Tourism, is overseeing the festivities for the Geranium Drop. She says the event provides a way to celebrate New Year’s Eve without having to leave the city.
“Avoid the hectic crowds in Atlanta, and still enjoy an evening packed full of excitement, as the Geranium Drop rings in 2016!” said Collier.
McDonough Mayor Billy Copeland, will kick the night off at 8 p.m. The family-friendly event is free and will feature a festive combination of music, dancing and food. It all culminates at midnight, when a giant, brightly-lit geranium descends from the sky.
According to Collier, last year’s Geranium Drop brought roughly 3,000 people to the Square. She says she anticipates an even bigger turnout this time around.
“The community has responded very well,” said Collier. “We keep growing every year.”
This year’s Geranium Drop will showcase the musical stylings of several local musicians. Collier notes that the event will represent a homecoming of sorts for at least one of the musical acts that will take the stage on New Year’s Eve.
“The Mackie Creek Band played the very first Geranium Drop, so we’re very excited to bring them back for our fifth,” said Collier.
Additional homegrown talent who will be featured in McDonough on New Year’s Eve include Jason Fowler, the McDonough Rhythm Section and DJ Danny Ray.
Geranium Drop organizers emphasize that some downtown McDonough restaurants may require advance reservations on New Year’s Eve. Collier emphasizes that drivers should also take measures to ensure they are able to enjoy the event.
“We recommend anyone who’s coming to park behind the courthouse, either in the parking lot or the parking deck,” Collier continued. “The spaces on the Square will fill up fast.”
Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, friends and loved ones on the Square for the event.
A number of restaurants, both on and near the Square, will be open with dinner and drink specials on New Year’s Eve. Eateries participating in the event include Kirby G’s Diner, Pasta Max Cafe, Seasons Bistro, PJ’s Cafe, and Gritz Family Restaurant.
KirbyG’s co-owner Neil Daniel also serves as president of the Greater McDonough Business Association. He says in addition to specials on food and drinks that will be available at the diner throughout the night on New Year’s Eve, local businesses are teaming up to give area residents another reason to celebrate.
“Jailhouse Brewery is promoting a Pub Crawl where people can go to different locations, buy a beer, and punch a card,” said Daniel. “If you get four punches, you get a T-shirt.
Daniel adds that KirbyG’s, Moye’s Pharmacy, and McD Arts will be selling commemorative eyeglasses in celebration of the new year.
Details on accommodations and special offers at local hotels for New Year’s Eve are available online at http://tourmcdonough.com/lodging/ or www.VisitMcDonoughGA.com/Lodging. For more information, call 770-898-3196.