Frederick residents preparing to key in the new year

December 18, 2013 by  

Frederick residents are invited to usher in 2014 by participating in a community celebration. On New Year’s Eve, the Key Drop ceremony will be taking place in the city’s downtown area for the second straight year. The Frederick Civitan Club, which is sponsoring this local tradition, may be using professional printing services to broadcast the event to the public.

At approximately 11:30 pm, attendees will gather on the suspension bridge that lies over Carroll Creek to prepare for a customary countdown. They will be encouraged to supply their own noisemakers and festive hats. Instead of lowering a glittery ball to mark the arrival of 2014, the leaders of this party will drop a lit, decorated key before the crowd.

Jeff Fishman, who has served as president of the Civitan Club in the past, suggested incorporating this object into the ceremony because it has symbolic meaning for Marylanders. Francis Scott Key was in the Baltimore area when he wrote ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ nearly 200 years ago.

Last year, Fishman asked students from the Maryland School of the Deaf to design a wooden key for Frederick’s first New Year’s Eve celebration on the bridge. The finished product, which measured two feet wide and over five feet long, will be used again this holiday season.

The suspension bridge is located near the C. Burr Artz Library (110 East Patrick Street). There will be no cost to attend this event, and those who would like additional information may call (240) 285-6596.