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“Farewell 2020, we’re ready to let you go, 2021 is welcomed with a big hello. The FLAGSTAFF GREAT PINECONE DROP is cherished and traditional, this year being shown only VIRTUAL. So please plan to carry-out and settle in, this year’s Pinecone Drop will be welcomed from home with a grin!”
Twenty-two years ago, the Great Pinecone Drop became Flagstaff’s New Year’s Eve tradition in 1999, when the Weatherford Hotel rang in the new millennium and honored the Hotel’s 100-year anniversary. Since then, thousands have gathered in the streets for the countdown into the New Year and the lowering of the Pinecone followed by a brief fireworks display. This year, the tradition has nuanced and will occur VIRTUALLY-ONLY as revelers carry-out and settle-in for the Great Pinecone Drop at pineconedrop.com with a special performance by the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet.
If there was ever a time for an in-home small gathering New Year’s Eve celebration, this is it. But how do you and your family ring in the New Year with Flagstaff style?
For thought starters:
Prepare the traditional pinecone to be dropped.
- Make it simple: Get your crew together. Paint or spray adhesive onto pinecones, add various colored glitter, string them together and gently hoist them down a tree? Too cold outside, hoist the pinecone from a door, a floor lamp, from something tall inside your home . . . you get the idea. Make it work for you.
- Perhaps it’s carving a pinecone from Styrofoam, painting it the various colors represented on The Weatherford Hotel’s original pinecone, and then sliding a wooden dowel in the center in which it can slide down.
- Think about your own count down mechanism which could be as simple as using your smart phone’s timer. Assign someone to actually start the timer, give them a drum roll introduction.
For more than 100 years, the Weatherford Hotel has punctuated the Flagstaff skyline, enduring many changes and historical milestones.