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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....12-28-07 to 1-1-08....New Year's Eve In Times Square
Aquamarine

Posted on 12/27/2007 9:10:06 PM PST by Aquamarine




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Every year as the clock nears midnight on December 31st, the eyes of the world turn once more to the dazzling lights and bustling energy of Times Square. Anticipation runs high. New Year's Eve is in the symbolic center of New York City "The City That Never Sleeps".
New Year's Eve in Times Square is chaotic, crowded, and out of control. People begin arriving late in the afternoon on New Year's Eve. By approximately 6:00 p.m., the Bow Tie of Times Square (42nd to 47th Sts. Between Broadway & 7th Ave.) is fully closed to traffic.
Times Square has achieved the status of an iconic world landmark and has become a symbol of its home city. Times Square is principally defined by its animated, digital advertisements. Known simply as One Times Square, it is famed for the "ball" which "drops" from a tower on its roof every New Year's Eve.



The "New" New Year's Eve Ball

Each year, millions of eyes from all over the world are focused on the sparkling Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year's Eve Ball. At 11:59 p.m., the Ball begins its descent as millions of voices unite to count down the final seconds of the year, and celebrate the beginning of a new year full of hopes, challenges, changes and dreams.
On October 4, 2007, the co-organizers of New Year’s Eve in Times Square (Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment) unveiled the new LED Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball at a press conference at Hudson Scenic Studio in Yonkers, New York. 2008 year marks the 100th birthday of the New Year’s Eve Ball, a universal symbol of celebration and renewal.


Auld Lang Syne - Traditional

The world holds its breath...and cheers as the clocks strike twelve. As the famous New Year's Eve Ball descends from the flagpole atop One Times Square, an estimated one million people in Times Square, millions nationwide and over a billion watching throughout the world are united in bidding a collective farewell to the departing year, and expressing our joy and hope for the year ahead.
WATERFORD CRYSTAL created an exclusive “Let There Be Light” design for the crystal triangles on the new Ball. Designed and crafted by Waterford artisans in Ireland, “Let There Be Light” features a dramatically stylized, radiating sunburst on each of the 672 crystal triangles. Due to the new design and technical innovations, this represents an increase of 168 crystal triangles from last year’s Ball. And, for the first time, the crystal triangles will feature cutting on both sides. The double cutting maximizes the light refraction within the crystal triangles.
The new Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball is more than twice as bright as the old one, with enhanced color capabilities and state-of-the-art LED lighting effects. Waterford Crystal crafted a beautiful new design for the crystal triangles on the Ball. Philips Lighting provided new solid state lighting technology that substantially increased the brightness, energy efficiency, and color capabilities of the Ball. And Focus Lighting developed a spectacular and unique lighting design for the new Ball on its 100th birthday.

Times Square at 12:00 AM January 1






We will open the book.
Its pages are blank.
We are going to put words on them ourselves.
The book is called "Opportunity" and its first
chapter is New Year's Day.
~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce




History of New Year's Eve In Times Square
About The New Year's Eve Ball
Countdown To 2008 - In Video



Happy New Year 2008!






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1 posted on 12/27/2007 9:10:12 PM PST by Aquamarine
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2 posted on 12/27/2007 9:10:57 PM PST by Aquamarine
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To: Aquamarine; Billie; dutchess; DollyCali; ST.LOUIE1; JustAmy; GodBlessUSA; Mrs.Nooseman; ...
You're stylin' Aqua!!!


Dan Fogelberg~Another Old Lang Syne

I am ready for the party, too!
HAPPY NEW YEAR, FINEST FRIENDS!

5 posted on 12/27/2007 9:20:13 PM PST by LUV W (Friendship is neither a contest nor a race. What matters is the feeling involved. <3)
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To: LUV W

Glad you dressed up LUV. Thanks for the Dan Fogelberg song, it’s one of my favorites.


6 posted on 12/27/2007 9:21:54 PM PST by Aquamarine
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Sorry for the triple post, it kept saying Proxy Error so I would try again, then they all posted. Never had that problem before, am trying to get it corrected.


7 posted on 12/27/2007 9:23:21 PM PST by Aquamarine
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To: Aquamarine

Interesting info on “The Ball”, Aqua.

Prayers for a Blessed New Year to one and all.


8 posted on 12/27/2007 9:24:08 PM PST by Diver Dave
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To: Aquamarine

Mine too....and he just died about 2 weeks ago. Very sad. Only 56 years old. *sigh*


9 posted on 12/27/2007 9:24:11 PM PST by LUV W (Friendship is neither a contest nor a race. What matters is the feeling involved. <3)
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Happy New Year, Dave! Hope this next one is the greatest
for you and yours!


10 posted on 12/27/2007 9:26:37 PM PST by LUV W (Friendship is neither a contest nor a race. What matters is the feeling involved. <3)
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To: Diver Dave
Thanks Dave. If you follow the links provided at the bottom of the main post just above the fireworks you can learn even more about the New Year "Ball".
11 posted on 12/27/2007 9:27:26 PM PST by Aquamarine
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To: LUV W

I did see the sad news about Dan. He was such a major talent from our generation, the loss hit me hard.


12 posted on 12/27/2007 9:29:05 PM PST by Aquamarine
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To: Aquamarine; The Mayor; DollyCali; ST.LOUIE1; dutchess; Mama_Bear; Billie; Allegra; lonestar; ...
Happy Friday To The Finest


May you be blessed with
warmth in your home,
love in your heart,
peace in your soul
and joy in your life.

13 posted on 12/27/2007 10:46:29 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Aquamarine

Your thread is just beautiful..I love your tables,interesting history..I’ll come “dressed” later!


14 posted on 12/27/2007 10:49:12 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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Oh Aqua! what a great thread & LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the patriotic colors!. Will re read all the information tonight (just scanned)

I have never been to Times Square..

EVER..

only once in NYC even & that was when I finished OCS & was dropping off my friend who lived there on the way back from RI to Ohio. BUT, I was very sick with strep & so she drove my car & I was in her bed for 3 days sick instead of being tourist. I HAD to leave on day 4 -still not well -as I resumed college classes again the next day.

I will dig out my pix from last years New Years Eve in your backyard (Asheville - Grove Park Inn & Biltmore).. that was one of the niceest LONG weekend NYE’s I have ever had. My friend spoiled me rotten with body wraps, massages, facials, classy food & being tourist


15 posted on 12/28/2007 2:50:32 AM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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opps... forgot to dress up (for Friday & New Year's Eve). I will be going to Severance Hall in Cleveland this year. There is a couple hour concert first & then in the hall a couple combos will play for dancing & it breaks up about 1. I have participated in this a few times & it is quite nice.. NOT raucous & a great group of people to chat with & meet.

My date is NOT a dancer (although he thinks he is) so that is the only downside of the evening.

Wearing RED on FRIDAY to support the Troops...

and New Years Eve because it is my favorite color!


16 posted on 12/28/2007 3:00:35 AM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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Happy Friday (and Happy New Year) to Finest Friends!




Wearing red to support our Troops!

17 posted on 12/28/2007 3:53:47 AM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3rd Bn. 5th Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: Aquamarine
Hi Aqua
Your thread is gorgeous! :) You look terrific in your red for the New Year!

I never had the desire to go stand in the middle of the crowd for the ball to drop.(maybe when I was younger ;) Although, it has to be a thrill and very exciting to be there in person. No matter what the weather, thousands of people are still out there. I prefer a smaller party.... I see that beautiful ball room picture on your thread and if I could be there, I would definitely go. ;)

We always watch the ball drop at midnight. I miss Dick Clark as MC for the show though.
18 posted on 12/28/2007 4:36:59 AM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You!. Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: Aquamarine; La Enchiladita; Mrs.Nooseman; GodBlessUSA; LUV W; DollyCali; The Mayor; MEG33; ...

Good morning, y'all.

WOW! Aqua that is a lovely gown.
Wish I had the figure for it. As you can see I have a full skirt to hide all the extra pounds I've accumulated over the holidays. LOL


19 posted on 12/28/2007 4:56:58 AM PST by beachn4fun (Have you mailed your care package, yet?)
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Good morning, Beachie - how are you doing today?


20 posted on 12/28/2007 5:05:23 AM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3rd Bn. 5th Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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