Every time I tell some one I spent New Year’s watching a “cherry drop” I get blank looks. I mean, like, “What is this all about?”
Well, it was actually a lot of fun. With our hosts, we headed from Glen Arbor, Michigan into Traverse City on a foggy, misty kind of night. Old Sherlock Holmes movies come to mind. It was erie driving through f og layered on top of snow. But soon, kawabunga, the big cherry suspended high up in the middle of this tourist town came into view.
In Traverse City–one of the better known cities in Michigan–and a center for tourists, boating, camping, golf, winter sports and the cherry industry–we discovered a vibrant night life. Folks milling about, dancing, laughing and having fun while they waited for the giant cherry to drop. Even a giant cherry meandered around available for photos.
Like many of these folks, we enjoyed dinner in a cozy restaurant, raised our flutes of champagne in toasts and savored being together to welcome another year. After dinner, before the magic hour, we wandered through the streets to discover a large display of vintage snow mobiles in the window of an insurance agency. Only in Traverse City, huh?
Soon, the time came to focus on the big lighted red cherry, count down from ten, kiss and hug, make silly noises and that kind of thing. The huge cherry is a wonderful symbol of the area and a big draw……. not exactly like Times Square, but fun nonetheless. Maybe more.
And then……. what to do on New Year’s Day besides watch football? We got a good start to the New Year with a brisk walk to see Lake Michigan fierce in its winter turbulence. The temperatures had dropped. Fog gone. The waves rolled in.
What a great way to start 2011.