Recital starts at 11:25 p.m.; free coffee and cider available
NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Dec. 11, 2007) – When the bells are all ringing, what will you be doing New Year’s Eve?
How about celebrating outside with hundreds of your neighbors during the annual countdown at the Millennium Carillon in downtown Naperville? A special recital starts at 11:25 p.m., the nearby Eatery will be open with limited quantities of coffee and hot cider, and Mayor George Pradel will be there to lead us all into the New Year.
Construction inside Moser Tower last year forced a temporary hold on the New Year’s celebration. However, with the tower now complete, the Millennium Carillon Foundation (MCF) is working toward making New Year’s Eve a one-of-a-kind event along Naperville’s Riverwalk.
Several hundred people, including high school students in top hats and tiaras and empty nesters enjoying the crisp night air, showed up to ring in the 2006 New Year.
“It’s a fun, alcohol-free alternative for anyone who wants to get away from the TV and participate in a live event,” said Tim Sleep, Naperville’s City Carillonneur and an MCF board member.
Sleep and Assistant Carillonneur Sue Bergen will perform holiday appropriate selections until 11:55 p.m., when a short ceremony will take place, concluding with Mayor Pradel leading the countdown.
This event is being funded by the cultural funds collected from Naperville’s commercial food-and-beverage tax. For more information on the Millennium Carillon and upcoming events visit the pages throughout this website.
About the Millennium Carillon Foundation
The Millennium Carillon Foundation is an Illinois not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to create a cultural cornerstone that is a living commemorative of the Naperville Spirit. The Millennium Carillon exists and operates today because of the generous gifts of time and financial resources of thousands of Naperville residents, businesses, the City of Naperville and the Naperville Park District. Donations are still being accepted by the Foundation at (630) 527-2188 to finance operations and continue to enhance Moser Tower, the Millennium Carillon and surrounding grounds.
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