New Year 2019 Celebrated in Washingtonville
By Eugenia Moskowitz
The end of 2018 was cause for fun, even among the littlest citizens of Washingtonville as Betty’s Country Kitchen’s Frank Frasca, in dapper top hat and with his wife and twins beside him, helped them ring in the New Year.
The annual festivities took place starting 6:00 p.m. with food, face-painting, crafts, games, and all manner of fun, and ended at “midnight” (well…8:00 p.m., shhhh) with a ball drop, noisemakers, and Auld Lang Syne played and sung by Darren Argenzio. Older sibling assistants helped to serve food, clear tables, and join in the fun as parents enjoyed celebrating in a time zone somewhere around the middle of the Atlantic ocean. The little ones were excited to stay up “so late,” and enjoyed every minute spent toasting with sparkling apple juice, even the celebration’s tiniest party-goer, two-week-old Gina Rose, who appeared to sleep soundly through most of the fun.
Aside from traditional noisemakers, Betty’s employees and patrons banged pots and pans with spoons to scare away the ghosts of the old year, and ring in the new. Happy 2019 everyone!
CAPTION 1: The crowd of revelers counted down the new year at Betty’s Country Kitchen a little “earlier” than midnight. (Photo by Eugenia Moskowitz)
CAPTION 2: Two-week-old baby Gina Rose wasn’t bothered by the noise. (Photo by Eugenia Moskowitz)
CAPTION 3: “Noise? What noise?” (Photo provided)
CAPTION 4: Face painting was fun! (Photo by Eugenia Moskowitz)
CAPTION 5: “Champagne (well, sparkling apple juice) anyone?” (Photo provided)