Sugar Land, TX - Sugar Land Town Square will come to life with energetic music, state-of-the-art lighting effects and street performers from across the nation during the City of Sugar Land’s second New Year’s Eve on the Square celebration on Friday, Dec. 31.
Two special celebrations are planned -- a children’s celebration from 7-9 p.m. and an adults’ celebration from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Throughout the night, people will be kept dancing with music provided by a DJ and live music from Houston’s hottest premier band, Fried Ice Cream.
Specially booked for this occasion are giant roaming stilt birds, a fascinating candy sculptor from San Francisco, a street performing comedy magic show from Nashville, cirque-style acrobatics and other exciting entertainment from across the nation. Make sure to keep a look out for the giant 9-foot vines that seem to come to life right before your very eyes. Also, visit the 107.5 “The Eagle” booth exciting give-a-ways and activities for the whole family.
To hail in the New Year, a state-of-the-art live 3D show will include a special midnight countdown with a giant 3D sugar cube that will appear to “drop” from the City Hall clock tower.
Flowing waterfalls and giant eyeballs that appear to break through solid columns are just some of the many images possible during this spectacular show set to begin shortly before midnight. The entire building will come to life using the latest in video imaging technology.
The event will showcase two fireworks shows, one commemorating the children’s finale at 9 p.m. and another during the 3D midnight show.
This event is free, and parking will be available at the Texas and Lonestar Garages. A free shuttle service from Mercer Stadium to Town Square will be available from 6:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
More information and full program details are available at www.sugarlandtx.gov or by calling the Sugar Land Parks and Recreation Department at (281) 275-2885.
CHRISTMAS TREE RECYLCING
Sugar Land Hosts Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program
If you are interested in recycling your Christmas tree, the City of Sugar Land is sponsoring the annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program. Residents are encouraged to recycle their trees.
Christmas trees that are free of all ornaments, tinsel, trimmings, metal tree stands and plastic tree sacks can be recycled. Flocked trees cannot be recycled and must be disposed of with normal household garbage. Residents are encouraged to utilize one of the following opportunities:
● Curbside Tree Collection will occur on Wednesday, Dec. 29 and Jan. 5 and Saturday, Jan. 8.
Christmas tree pick-up will begin at 7 a.m. Trees set out on any other collection day or not meeting the recycling requirements will go to the landfill and not be recycled.
● Drop-off sites for Christmas trees will be available at Lost Creek Park, 3703 Lost Creek Boulevard, and Eldridge Park, 2511 Eldridge Road, between Dec. 27 and Jan. 9. Trees dropped off at the collection sites that do not meet recycling requirements may contaminate the other trees and will be considered illegal dumping.
Trees collected for recycling will be taken to a composting facility where they will be ground into mulch.
For more information on Christmas tree recycling, call 281-275-2450 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
MISSOURI CITY RECYCLING
Christmas tree recycling will be available to Missouri City residents this holiday season. Households that receive service from Republic Services can drop their trees at the curb on one of these three days:
*Wednesday, December 29
*Wednesday, January 5
*Saturday, January 8
Residents that are not Republic customers may drop off their trees at the Missouri City Recycling Center from January 3 through January 7. Please clear all trees of decorations and foreign materials before dropping them at the curb or bringing them to the Recycling Center.
NEW YEAR HISTORY (www.gather.com)
History of the New Year’s Celebration
The celebration of the New Year is by far the oldest of all modern holidays. The ancient civilization of Babylon left the first written records of a celebration of the New Year approximately 4000 years ago. The Babylonian New Year began after the first day of spring, or the Vernal Equinox. The beginning of spring was the beginning of the next cycle of life. Flowers begin to bloom, trees flower in preparation for the growth of fruits, and spring is the time to plant the new crops. The Babylonian celebration extended over a period of eleven days.
The Romans continued to recognize late March as the beginning of the New Year. However in 46 B.C.E. Roman Emperor Julius Caesar decreed that January 1 would be the start of the New Year. January was named after the god Janus, who had two faces. With one face looking back and one looking forward, Caesar felt that this would be a good symbol of the New Year. Previous emperors had altered the calendar so much that Caesar had to extend the previous year to 445 days in order to have the new January 1st match the sun’s cycle.
During the medieval times in Europe the Catholic Church felt that the celebration of the New Year on January 1 was a pagan influenced designation. The Council of Tours in 567 declared the New Year to once again be in March, the time of the original Babylonian eleven day festival of spring.
The Gregorian calendar was adopted in 1582, and once again New Years fell on January 1. While the Catholic countries of Europe used the new calendar immediately, the Protestants did not recognize the new system right away. The British and the American Colonies did not start using the Gregorian calendar until 1752.
Many of the traditions that are followed today also have their roots among the ancient peoples. The New Year’s resolution can be traced back to the Babylonians. Apparently the most common resolution of a Babylonian farmer was to return the farming tools borrowed from a neighbor. The concept of a new born baby ushering the New Year can be found in Greek lore. An infant in a basket was paraded around by the Greeks in honor of their god Dionysus, who was the god of wine and fertility.
The day on which the New Year is celebrated has seen many changes throughout the centuries. However, one aspect of humankind has remained the same. All peoples have celebrated in one way or another the beginning of yet another year in the cycle of their lives.
Have a safe and happy New Year's celebration as we bring in 2011!