Thursday, January 3, 2008

New Year's Eve in Harmony, Pennsylvania

(Above: Mom and Dad in their Austrian winterwear.)

My Mom, Dad, Steve, Alex, Erica (Alex's girlfriend) and I went to Harmony, Pennsylvania (just north of Pittsburgh, PA) for New Year's Eve. This historic town was decked out for an end-of-year bash that included a 5K run (in which we DID NOT participate), live German folk music, lead-drop fortune telling (Bleigiessen), the best homemade German buffet one could imagine for just $10 (which was so good that it ran out!), after Christmas sales, a short movie, a "ball" dropped from a crane at midnight, and incredible fireworks. We met Don and Judy Castro there, friends from several summers with the Cultural Studies Academy.

The Harmony Inn, now a restaurant, sits at the corner of the main intersection of this tiny, historic town. From the porch the day's festivities were directed.

The musicians were talented.

This is the crane and the "ball" that dropped while the audience counted down from ten in both German and English.

This is the wine cellar under the current museum.

Beer was served all day...but we Southerners couldn't handle it in the brisk temperatures!

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