HARMONY — Registrations are being accepted for the 3 p.m. 5K race and 3:45 p.m. 1 Mile fun run during Harmony’s 6th Silvester New Year’s Eve celebration on Dec. 31.
The historic community and thousands of visitors gather annually for afternoon Silvester activities that conclude with a ball drop and fireworks to welcome the new year at 6 p.m. — midnight in Germany.
The runs begin and end in the center of Harmony’s National Historic Landmark District and are sponsored by Media Frogg Marketing & Communications, with additional support from Tom Mahler, Armstrong Cable, Billco Motors, Butler Health System, Harmony Warehouse, MoJo Running & Multisport, The Murray Agency and Up-N-Running.
Registration also is open for the Connoquenessing Creek Polar Plunge, a noontime New Year’s Day fundraiser at Harmony’s canoe launch park at the west end of Jackson Street.
Runs and Plunge registrations can be completed online at www.active.com. Mail-in registration forms are available at several Harmony shops and at www.harmony-pa.us.
Entry fees are $20 for the 5K and $7 for the 1 Mile until Dec. 15, then rise to $25 and $10, respectively. Proceeds benefit Harmony’s parks.
For those brave enough to jump into the creek on Jan. 1, Polar Plunge registration is $18 online or $20 by mail through Dec. 20, then $23 online until Dec. 28 and $25 at the event. Sponsoring someone else to plunge while you stay dry and warm is $20. Proceeds benefit Harmony parks and the Harmony Volunteer Fire Company.
The Silvester celebration begins at 2 p.m. Dec. 31, organized by the borough, Harmony Museum and local businesses. In addition to the races, activities include tours, a German dinner, the German tradition of guessing what the new year might bring from the shapes of melted bits of lead, and a short comedic film (in English) that’s become a popular part of New Year’s Eve in Germany, all at the Harmony Museum. Entertainment and refreshments also will be available in the town square and year-end sales will be offered in Harmony’s numerous specialty shops.