What are you doing this New Year's Eve?


By Lynn Parks

Seaford mayor Dan Short knows what he will be doing New Year's Eve. He will mark the start of 2000 at the millennium celebration sponsored by the city.
"Certainly I am going to be there," he said. "There will be a lot of events followed by fireworks, which will end at the New Year. We will have speakers and music, and the grand finale will tell you when midnight is."
Short said that the city planned the event to give families something to do on New Year's Eve. "There are a lot of events geared toward adults," he said. "We feel that this is something that should be celebrated as a family." Costs are being borne by the city, which allocated $10,000 in its budget for the celebration.
Cathy VanSciver, who volunteered to arrange the event for the city, said that the celebration will be non-alcoholic. "A lot of people planned on doing things with their families this year and they are excited about this," she said. "They are looking forward to coming out and to doing something as a family."
She added that many teachers with whom she has spoken have told their students about the celebration. "I think we will have a good response," she said.
The celebration will get under way at 7 p.m. at city hall, Pine and King streets in downtown Seaford. All events, except a fireworks show set to coincide with midnight, will take place in the hall.
Beginning at 7:45, the Amazing Kickapoo featuring the Colonial Puff-A-Honuf and Ollie Oakley will perform. Billed as an "old-fashioned clown medicine show," the children's show will last about 45 minutes.

From 8:30 to 9:30, there will be face painting and balloon art demonstrations. A disc jockey will be playing music all evening and will arrange games and dance contests. In addition, children's games such as moon bounce, mini-golf and basketball throw will go on all evening. The Seaford Volunteer Fire Department's ladies auxiliary will sponsor a stop, drop and roll exhibition and the fire department will have an ambulance and a fire truck on display. Food, including meatball sandwiches, hot dogs and French fries, will be sold.
At 10:30, the city will hold a "pre-millennium ball drop," said VanSciver, in imitation of the traditional ball drop planned for Times Square, New York City. "At 11, everything ends so everyone can get to the fireworks show," she added.
Fireworks will be set off in the field between the Boys and Girls Club and the Ross Mansion, in the same spot they are set off for the Towne and Country Fair held on Labor Day. The show will last about 30 minutes and will end after the stroke of midnight.
"You will know when it is midnight by the fireworks," said Short. "And we have some surprises yet that I am not going to talk about."
Admission to the events at city hall is $5. Children under 12 will be admitted free and must be accompanied by an adult. Games cost from 50 cents to $1 to play.
VanSciver said that she is still looking for volunteer organizations that are interested in operating games or in selling concessions. There is no vendor fee, she said, and non-profit groups will keep all profits for themselves. For details, call her at 629-8740.