Mainstreet Waynesboro : The pandemic and New Year’s Eve

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The Coronavirus pandemic has wrecked havoc on the usual New Year’s Eve celebrations. But locals can still have a blast in Waynesboro that day.

Join friends and neighbors to say “so long” to 2020 and a big “hello” to 2021 at Mainstreet Waynesboro‘s New Year’s Eve Boro Blast-Off. Mainstreet Waynesboro and F&M Trust are teaming up again for a fun, safe way to celebrate New Year’s Eve,

The main activities of the Boro Blast-Off will be held Thursday, but some of the fun has been going on since the middle of December.

The traditional Boro Blast at Main Street Park in downtown Waynesboro could not be held this year; thanks to COVID-19 and restrictions on gatherings imposed by the state.

READ: Third Annual Boro Blast to Rock Downtown Waynesboro on New Year’s Eve

Have a mini-Blast instead

However, Mainstreet worked with officials with F&M Trust, McDonald’s Restaurant of Waynesboro and Advanced Financial Services and Donegal Insurance to craft a smaller event that will bring fun activities for kids of all ages.

On Thursday, champion ice-carver Danny Kissel will return to Main Street Park. He will begin carving at 2 p.m., and promises a fitting and safe frozen send-off to 2020. Kissel recently won a pumpkin carving contest on a national TV network. This will be his fourth straight visit to Waynesboro on New Year’s Eve.

“It really was a team planning effort,” said Bill Kohler, director of economic development for nonprofit Mainstreet Waynesboro. “This would have been impossible to pull off without the support and input of our sponsors; and some of our board members and volunteers.”

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Help fill the big Wishes for 2021 banner during Mainstreet Waynesboro’s 2020 Borough Blast-Off Thursday afternoon.

Visitors will be able to sign the Wishes for 21 banner at the Main Street Park. The banner will be up through mid-January and also shared on Mainstreet Waynesboro’s social media sites. A second banner is hanging in the south side of the Mulberry Avenue walkway next to The Golden Goblin game store in downtown Waynesboro.

Oh those Goodie Bags

Mainstreet and F&M Trust will hand out 2021 Goodie Bags beginning at 2 p.m. The bags will be filled with 2021 swag, noisemakers, gift cards, coupons and F&M Trust goodies.

Every bag will be different. Some will have a gift card from Brio; some will have gift cards to Christine’s Café; while others will have gift certificates to James Shoes and Jade’s Cottage Café.

Goodie bags will be distributed, one per vehicle, while supplies last.

McDonald’s Restaurant of Waynesboro is the chief “swag sponsor” for this year’s event. McDonald’s donated enough Happy Meal coupons that every bag will have one, Kohler said.

“This allows families to take their goodies and celebrate at home safely,” Kohler said.

Another highlight is the showing of the Disney movie, “Frozen 2,” on Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The movie originally was scheduled to be shown on New Year’s Eve. That was before the state ordered all entertainment venues closed between Dec. 12 and Jan. 3 because of the increasing cases of COVID-19. Tickets already purchased for the Dec. 31 date will be honored for the new showings.

To order movie tickets, go to Eventbrite.com and search for live events near Waynesboro. Tickets are also available by clicking on this link.

Visitors are also encouraged to stroll and shop downtown Waynesboro’s unique shops and eateries. Gov. Wolf has prohibited dine-in eating, but all downtown eateries and Rough Edges Brewery are open for carry-out. Most stores will be open regular hours on New Year’s Eve.

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