While the Waterford New Year's Eve Ball is being readied for its midnight descent in Times Square, Hudson's first ever ball drop remains a fairly well kept secret. There was a little piece about it over the weekend in the entertainment guide On the Scene, and there's an article about it in today's Register-Star. The festivities begin at 8 p.m. at A.M.E. Zion Church, with a message for the new year from Mayor William Hallenbeck. The party then moves outdoors, to the lower end of Warren Street, where there will be music and entertainment until 11:45 p.m., when the countdown to the ball drop begins.
Register-Star reporter Katie Kocijanski describes the event as "an alternative to the hustle and bustle of the city." It's for sure that a million people won't be showing up in Hudson to witness the ball drop, but there's another difference as well. There won't be an actual ball. According to reports, the ball that will descend in Hudson at the stroke of midnight will be a 3D computer graphic, and it's promised it will be visible from as far away as the top of Warren Street.
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