Whitman: Town holding a First Night Celebration to kickoff 2014

The town of Whitman is planning a unique celebration to kick off the upcoming New Year.  Details regarding the town’s first ever First Night Celebration were revealed during Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting.  Local business owner Richard Rosen says the idea is to hold an event in downtown Whitman while counting down the seconds until the New Year.

“We’re going to drop from 75 feet, a fabricated Nestle’s Toll House cookie, into we hope, a glass of milk,” Rosen explained. “This is still being worked out as we speak.”

The fabricated cookie, which is made from aluminum and measures 75 inches in diameter. The concept of holding a first night event is not new.  Rosen noted that he had been approached several times, but the idea didn’t take shape until last January. Since that time, a group of citizens who help organize the annual Winterfest celebration are now assisting this event.  Rosen says that Nestle will also be a vital part of the first night festivities.

“It’s the beginning of Nestle’s 75th anniversary and it’ just fits perfect,” said Rosen. “We have Nestle on board to underwrite the whole event.”

Nestle is the current owner of the Toll House cookie recipe, which was originally created in Whitman. Meanwhile, a number of activities and entertainment for the town’s first night celebration are now in the planning stages.

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Kevin Tocci is a Brockton area reporter, news anchor and host of Monday Night Talk which airs on Monday nights at 6:15 p.m. on 95.9FM WATD.