Kingston parties like it’s 1913
The city of Kingston welcomed the New Year in style, as residents turned back the clock for the 1913 celebration. YNN’s Christian Farrell has more.
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KINGSTON, N.Y. -- Business owners in Kingston feel a Renaissance is underway. In fact, to emphasize how far the city has come, they turned back the clocks a hundred years for their New Year’s celebration.
Welcome to Kingston, circa 1913.
"In terms of New Year's, jazz is just starting to happen, burlesque, prohibition hasn't even hit yet. I think people worked hard, lived hard, and they partied hard. And I think that's definitely a part of what we're doing tonight," said Michael Amari, New Year's Eve 1913 organizer.
What local residents are doing is taking part in a 1913 themed New Year's Eve party. Complete with costumes, entertainment, and food and drink of that era.
"We're doing all early turn of the century foods, or foods influenced by that. So, we have things like the carpetbagger, which is some crepes with red-eye gravy, which is turn of the century food. We're doing a red-flannel hash, which is a traditional New England dish back to the colonists," said Juan Romero, Duo Bistro co-owner.
Kingston's "throwback" New Year's Eve celebration is all taking place within the city's uptown business district. One of the primary ideas behind this event organizers say is to continue to promote the sense of community that's being resurrected here. About a half-dozen local businesses sponsor the event.
"I think what this event is more about is a neighborhood wide event that involves a lot of different venues, and a lot of different age groups and people," said Amari.
The event also features the city's first-ever ball drop. Something that believe it or not, was being done a hundred years ago. The first time in Times Square was back in 1907.