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Schenectady to celebrate new year in a new way

Schenectady to celebrate new year in a new way

The event will be held on Dec. 29
Schenectady to celebrate new year in a new way
Liberty Park in downtown Schenectady, as seen in September 2018.
Photographer: Miles Reed/The Daily Gazette

SCHENECTADY -- Schenectady County and Discover Schenectady will celebrate the New Year's milestone at Gateway Park.

The two entities will host an event called Nearly New Year’s Eve on Dec. 29 at Gateway Park, which has long been known as Liberty Park. It is located on State Street downtown and is across the street from SUNY Schenectady County Community College.

The event, which organizers hope will become an annual celebration, will begin at 6 p.m. and will include music, family friendly activities and a laser light show, according to a press release. It is free and open to the public.

“Schenectady County is proud to present this unique New Year’s celebration," said Schenectady County Legislature Chair Anthony Jasenski, in a prepared statement. “This event for all ages will feature illuminated displays and interactive sensory activities through the new Gateway Park in the city of Schenectady. I encourage all of our residents and visitors to bring your family and friends to this fun-filled night and begin celebrating the new year in Schenectady County.”

The event will begin with music and activities and will close with the light show at 8:30 p.m., according to the press release. It will go on “rain, snow or shine.” However, in the event of severe inclement weather, activities -- including the light show -- will be moved into the Schenectady Armory Center. Any changes made to the event will be posted on the county’s website, Facebook page and Twitter account.

The event will also feature a Schenectady Ale Trail pop-up, with beers from Druthers Brewing Company, Frog Alley Brewing Company, Great Flats Brewing, Mad Jack Brewing Company and Wolf Hollow Brewing Company, for those in attendance who are 21 and older.

Jeff McDonald, county legislator for District 2 and chair of Discover Schenectady, said the county and Discover Schenectady are excited to host the event.

“This unique event will draw from the Capital Region and beyond, giving us the opportunity to showcase the fun that can be had in Schenectady County,” McDonald said in a prepared statement.

The event is being presented by MVP Healthcare and is also sponsored by Redburn Development, Price Chopper & Market 32, Sunmark FCU, and Legere Restoration and the Schenectady Armory Center.

Parking for the event will be available in the SUNY Schenectady parking lot.

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