Brothers Dakota, left, and Bradley Ours blow their noisemakers during the Silvester celebration in daylight hours on New Year’s Eve 2011 in Harmony. Silvester activities in Harmony run on German time; 6 p.m. here is midnight there. Butler and Mars have their own events.
HARMONY — The borough will again celebrate its German heritage while welcoming in the new year as part of the annual Silvester celebration. The town ushers in the new year six hours earlier than the rest of the United States because German time is six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. Revelers count down in English and German to welcome in the German New Year as the ball drops at 6 p.m. and fireworks explode above the town. The Harmony Museum will kick off the celebration with various events, including a traditional pork and sauerkraut dinner at 3:30 p.m. at the museum’s Stewart Hall. All proceeds from the $12 dinner will go to museum operations. The museum also will offer self-guided tours for a $1 donation during the celebration as well as German Bleigiessen, an event where volunteers drop a piece of melted lead into water. The tradition is aimed at predicting what the new year will bring for participants. At 3 p.m., more than 500 runners are expected for a 5K run around the borough. All proceeds will go toward Harmony’s parks. Registration forms for the race are available at borough shops or online at www.harmony-pa.us. There will also be a one-mile “fun run” at 3:45 p.m. Throughout the afternoon there also will be entertainment, beverages, snacks and year-end sales at the borough’s specialty shops. Revelers will count down to 6 p.m., when the traditional ball will drop in the center of town to signal the New Year. A fireworks show will follow. However, the fun will carry over into 2013 as dozens of people are expected to brave cold temperatures to participate in the second annual Polar Plunge into the Connoquenessing Creek. The polar plunge will take place at noon on New Year’s Day at the Jackson Street canoe launch. Entry fees are $25 for the 5K and $10 for the one-mile run, while registration for the polar plunge is $23 online until Dec. 28 and then $25 at the event. People can also sponsor someone to plunge for $20. All proceeds benefit the borough’s parks and the Harmony Volunteer Fire Company.