Midnight On Main, Greeneville’s New Year’s Eve celebration, will feature free fun activities for the entire family.
In its third year, the celebration will kick off at 7 p.m. Dec. 31, bringing the community together for live music, dancing, a kids zone, fireworks, and more.
A highlight will be the ball drop by Greeneville Light & Power System during the countdown to a spectacular fireworks show above Main Street, according to organizer Amy Rose, the town’s Public Relations Manager.
“Throughout the night, we will collect everyone’s New Year’s resolutions for 2017 and place them inside the lighted ball to be dropped at the intersection of Main and Depot streets,” Rose said. “As we countdown to midnight, everyone can watch the ball drop and think about their hopes and dreams for the coming year.”
DJ John Deyton will lead the dance party on Main Street with interactive games, beginning at 7 p.m.
The dance party is free to the public through sponsorship provided by Computer Pros.
A highlight of the dance party will be a planned “Mannequin Challenge” at 11 p.m. For those not familiar with this internet craze, it involves a video shoot of a large group of people who pose like mannequins, being careful not to move for several seconds or even minutes at a time.
The dance party also will feature a giant screen showing live feed from various locations, including the event’s three main venues: General Morgan Inn, Capitol Theatre, and Catalyst Coffee Company.
CATALYST COFFEE COMPANY
Also kicking off at 7 p.m. will be Karaoke at the Catalyst, sponsored by DTR, Tennessee Inc. The family friendly karaoke will be provided by “The Karaoke Man” KJ and DJ Services.
Live music at the Catalyst Coffee Company will be performed by local artists Josh Miller at 9 p.m. and Zach Wampler at 10:45 p.m.
Catalyst will offer warm food, drinks and desserts throughout the evening.
For more information on Catalyst, please call 423-588-5146 or visit www.catalystcoffeecompany.com.
GENERAL MORGAN INN
The General Morgan Inn, an event sponsor, is adding entertainment in the Grand Ballroom this year with The Whiskey Sticks of Johnson City.
Meanwhile, DJ Robbie Britton will entertain ages 21 and older on the Terrace of the General Morgan Inn.
Both parties in the Grand Ballroom and on the Terrace start at 8 p.m., and the entrance fee to both is $30, which includes hors d’oeuvres.
In addition to the parties in the Grand Ballroom and on the Terrace, free live music also is planned from 6 to 9 p.m. in the lobby of the General Morgan Inn.
Reservations are required that night for Brumley’s restaurant at the hotel, which will be open from 5 to 9 p.m.
For more information about festivities at the General Morgan Inn, please call 423-787-1000 or visit www.generalmorganinn.com.
The Capitol Theatre will feature three bands, beginning at 8 p.m. The Threetles, a local Beatles tribute band, will open the show.
Following The Threetles, the Capitol stage will feature The Comet Conductors, a rock band from Kingsport, at 9:15 p.m. and The Billy Crawford Band, a blues rock band from Bristol, at 10:30.
Food and drink will be available in VIP seating in the balcony for all three shows for $25.
General admission to the Capitol will be $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under.
For more information on the Capitol’s shows, please call the box office at 423-638-1300 or visit www.capitolgreeneville.org.
A new addition this year is the Kids Zone, which will feature several fun activities on Main Street.
“In our first two years, we were pleasantly surprised to see lots of families bring their children to Midnight on Main,” Rose said. “We decided to add the Kids Zone this year so everyone would have something fun to do.”
The Kids Zone will be the location for everyone to make their New Year’s Resolutions, some of which will be shared on the giant screen.
Other activities will include a selfie booth, cornhole, glow sticks, bubbles, and sidewalk chalk.
The Kids Zone is sponsored by Sleep Solutions, and admission is free.
The public is reminded that alcoholic beverages will not be allowed on the street.
In addition to Computer Pros, DTR, General Morgan Inn, and Sleep Solutions, sponsors for Midnight On Main are: Landair Transport, Inc., Waste Industries, TEVET, John Deere Power Products, Tommie’s Plumbing, Gosnell’s Stereo & Music, Popcorn Video, and Creamy Cup.
Anyone who would like to sponsor the event can contact Rose by calling Greeneville Town Hall at 423-639-7105 or e-mailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Midnight on Main, please visit www.facebook.com/TownofGreeneville.