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Crazy New Years

This New Years, you can do something that‘s crazy or you can do something that‘s comfortable. The Choice is yours. With franchises from the East Coast to the Great Plains, first we‘d like to suggest some crazy celebrations for our friends in a few of the locations we serve.

Our friends in Philadelphia have plenty of choices this year. Just 45 minutes east of the city is the town of Kennett Square, where you‘ll be able to witness a sparkling eight-foot, 500-pound mushroom drop from the sky! You guessed it–Kennett Square is the “Mushroom Capital of the World”! The region exports more than 65 per cent of our country‘s mushrooms. That‘s groovy, man.

Just over an hour north of Philly is the town of Bethlehem—Pennsylvania, not the Holy Land–where we have our Lehigh Valley location. To ring in the New Year, you‘re in for a real sweet treat—the giant Peep drop! The Peeps‘ parent company, Just Born, is headquartered in Bethlehem. A traditional yellow Peep chick flashes different colors at midnight. As you know, Bethlehem is mentioned is numerous Christmas songs. Did you know that a Peep is also in a Christmas song? “I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus/ Underneath the mistletoe last night. She didn’t see me creep/ Down the stairs to have a Peep…”

Halfway between Philadelphia and our friends in Washington, DC is the town of Havre de Grace, Maryland, where they celebrate the New Year by releasing a 10 foot by 15 foot illuminated Duck decoy! Havre de Grace is in known for manufacturing duck decoys. It is home to the Pat Vincenti Duck Decoy store and the Duck Decoy Museum. Created by a local resident, the faux fowl is released from a 102-foot ladder truck. If you‘re not paying attention, you may hear someone yell “Duck!”

About an hour and fifteen minutes east of our nation‘s capital is the Chesapeake Bay town of Easton, Maryland. Easton celebrates the New Year by dropping a giant papier-macha blue crustacean. Take the kids but they may get a little crabby staying up so late.

Our Indianapolis friends can head southwest to the town of Vincennes for the Annual New Year‘s Eve Watermelon Drop! A huge 18-foot, 500 pound watermelon is hoisted to the top of a crane where, at the stroke of midnight, it opens to release a dozen real watermelons. It‘s quite a mess.

Clevelanders and Akronites can take a short trip down the pike to see a walleye fall from the night sky! That‘s right. In the Lake Erie harbor town of Port Clinton, the walleye capital of the world, a 20-foot, 600-pound fiberglass walleye gets dropped from a 150-foot crane. Locals stand ready with netting to catch it. While Wylie the Walleye is the main attraction, kids get their own celebration, too the “minnow drop.”

Detroit has the annual Motor City New Year‘s Eve event called “The Drop” which takes place in Cadillac Square. Hundreds of thousands of Michiganders will watch a glittering starburst sculpture, emblazoned with a “D,” make its descent twice on New Year‘s Eve—once for the kiddies and at midnight for those old enough to drive.

As you can see, there will be plenty of wild and crrrrazzzy celebrations this New Year‘s Eve. However, many of you may prefer not to stand out in the cold, blustery winter weather at midnight. In that case, we‘d like to suggest a different activity—watching the ball drop in Times Square on TV from the warmth and comfort of your living room or den! A well-insulated home will provide just that. Warmth and comfort.

No matter what you decide to do, all of us at USA Insulation wish you a happy, healthy, energy efficient, warm and comfortable New Year with low heating bills!

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