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CHERRYT BALL DROP (CHARITY BALL DROP)
Downtown Traverse City // New Year's Eve 2015
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Downtown Traverse City // New Year's Eve 10:30pm - 12:30am

Ring in the New Year in beautiful downtown Traverse City while giving back to the community.
Watch a giant lit cherry drop as 2015 begins!





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Frequently Asked Questions About the CherryT Ball Drop

Who is the CherryT Ball Drop?

What does CherryT stand for?

How did the CherryT Ball Drop get started?

Is this event crowded?

What drops at midnight on New Year's Eve?

Where is the celebration?

Who can attend the celebration?

Is alcohol available?

When is the event?

Is there a charge for the event?

Where should we park?

Who is the CherryT Ball Drop?

Are there any street closings we should be aware of?

If we are North of Front Street, how do we get to the CherryT Ball Drop?

What about the public walkway over the bridge at the Farmer's market and between Pangea's Pizza and Kilwin's Chocolates?

What about the one way alley north and parallel to Front Street and east of Cass St?

What about the two way alley that runs parallel just north of Front Street and west of Cass St?

What about parking in the Farmer's Market?

What about the Marina?

What about the Chamber of Commerce Building?

Who benefits from the non-perishable food items?

How much did you raise?

How far does the Cherry drop?

What was last year's attendance?

Are there public restrooms available?

Is there entertainment?

Are there police present?

Are there any restricted areas?

Are there going to be fireworks?

Is there a Reserve Seating Area?

Who is the CherryT Ball Drop?

The Traverse City New Year's Eve CherryT Ball drop is a non-profit 501(c)4 organization (ID 45-2569263) that will hold an annual celebration on December 31. The non-profit organization raises money and collects non-perishable food items while people party for a purpose in Traverse City's own version of Time Square. We support non-profit charities through participation and also charities the board designates as the major recipients each year.


What does CherryT stand for?

CherryT is a play on words for Charity and the cherry, a symbol of the Traverse City region, which grows about 75% of the nations tart cherry crop each year.


How did the CherryT Ball Drop get started?

There was a small group of individuals that wanted to do something fun and give back at the same time. These volunteers continue to give significant amounts of time, money, and energy to make sure this event continues into the future.


Is this event crowded?

YES. If you don't like crowds – stay home!


What drops at midnight on New Year's Eve?

A lit Cherry of course.


Where is the celebration?

At the downtown intersection of Front Street and Park Street in Traverse City, Michigan.


Who can attend the celebration?

Anyone is welcome. The intention is a family friendly event that all can enjoy. Please note that it is extremely crowded at this event. Donations for entry are happily accepted. Suggested donation is $3.


Is alcohol available?

This is a family friendly event. Traverse City Ordinances and State of Michigan Laws do NOT allow open alcohol containers on city streets. Many nearby bars and restaurants would love to have you stop in for service.


When is the event?

Music and entertainment start at 10:30 pm on December 31st and run until just after midnight.


Is there a charge for the event?

Yes. A suggested admission donation of $3 or 3 non-perishable food items.


Where should we park?

Please park in the two available parking decks. The Larry C Hardy Deck is between Front St and State St, east of Park St and the Old Towne Parking Deck is between 7th St and 8th St, west of Cass. Both decks will stay open past midnight to accommodate drivers. We also have a park and busing partnership with Bata buses.


Are there any street closings we should be aware of?

At 4 pm on December 31, Park Street as well as Front Street from Wellington St. to Union St. will be closed. The Clinch Park Marina public parking area will be closed as well.


If we are North of Front Street, how do we get to the CherryT Ball Drop?

If you park north of Front Street, you will need to walk West to Union Street or East to Park Street to access the Front Street celebration.


What about the public walkway over the bridge at the Farmer's market and between Pangea's Pizza and Kilwin's Chocolates?

This walkway will be open to the public.


What about the one way alley north and parallel to Front Street and east of Cass St?

Due to the closing at Cass St., this alley will be closed to traffic. Business and building owners/occupants will have access only. Please find an alternate route.


What about the two way alley that runs parallel just north of Front Street and west of Cass St?

Due to the closing at Cass St. this alley will have limited access off Union Street. Please find an alternate route.


What about parking in the Farmer's Market?

There is limited parking available. Cass St from Grandview Parkway to Front Street will be closed to car AND pedestrian traffic. Please use the public bridge and walkway or Union Street to access Front Street.


What about the Marina?

Clinch Park Marina public parking will be closed. The Cass Street tunnel will be closed to pedestrian traffic. Please use Union Street to access Front Street.


What about the Chamber of Commerce Building?

There is public limited parking available at the Chamber of Commerce building. However, Cass St will be closed to all pedestrian AND car traffic between the Grandview Parkway and Front Street. Please use Park Street to access Front Street.


What non-profits benefit from the festivities?

Goodwill Food Pantry and other charities nominated by the CherryT Ball Drop Board will benefit from donations raised.
Goodwill is a 501(c)3 non profit organization who strives to develop programs and services that improve peoples lives by fostering self-sufficiency, a hand up, not a hand out. Goodwill's goal is to assist individuals and families overcome barriers to independence.


How much did you raise?

Over the Last 4 years the equivalent of over 30,000 pounds of food has been donated to local food banks.


How far does the Cherry drop?

The cherry drops from over the downtown skyline starting at 115 ft. in the air to just above the stage backdrop.


What was last year's attendance?

The unscientific estimate was between 8,000 to 12,000 people attended. If you do NOT like crowds – stay home!


Are there public restrooms available?

There are port-a-potty restrooms available at each entrance to the event (Cass St and State St, Park St and Front St, and Union St. and Front St.) for those "have to go" emergencies. Due to crowds, port-a-potty restrooms are not able to be placed closer to the Cass St. and Front St. intersection. Note: it's cold, the port-a-potty restrooms are outdoors, and the seats are not heated – go before you come down.


Is there entertainment?

Yes. A lit stage, local acts, and a DJ bring in the new year with music and entertainment.


Are there police present?

Yes. The Traverse City Police Department and the Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Department will have several officers on hand to supervise the festivities.


Are there any restricted areas?

Yes. Please respect the yellow barricades for police access, fire exits, and fireworks safety zones required by local and state laws.


Are there going to be fireworks?

Yes, a short fireworks display is planned. If the wind is greater than 14 mph the fireworks display will be cancelled.


BATA Transportation

Bata will be picking people up from two parking areas:
1. Pick up from W. Middle School Parking Lot delivering people to Union and Pine Drop off.
2. Pick up from Civic Center Parking Lot, delivering people to Front and Park Drop off.

***Please remember your drop off site, this will also be the pick-up site to be returned to your vehicle.




How Can I Help?

Attend.
Come on down and Party for a Purpose. Give what you can, or give a can!

Volunteer.
We are looking for organization looking to fund raise. We need volunteers behind the scenes for set-up, clean-up, and work during the event. The CherryT Ball Drop will donate to your non-profit group, 4H club, or choir for your help.

Donate.
If you can't attend – you can donate online.

Share.
Spread the word about the great work our benefiting non-profits are doing every day!

Goodwill is a 501(c)3 non profit organization who strives to develop programs and services that improve peoples lives by fostering self-sufficiency, a hand up, not a hand out. Goodwill's goal is to assist individuals and families overcome barriers to independence.

 

 

 


Magic at Midnight


Magic of the Mind!

Ben Whiting has built a career around the mysteries of the human mind. His unique brand of magic and mentalism has connected with audiences across the US and around the world in more than 15 different countries. In Magic of the Mind at Midnight, Whiting will influence the audience's seemingly random choices, manipulate objects without touching them, and answer questions that haven't even been asked. His goal isn't to convince his audience he possesses true psychic powers, but rather to use his well-honed craft to illustrate the unseen connections in our common experience. Beyond the impressive mental feats, he hopes to encourage people to re-think their definition of "reality" and shift their perspective to see the world in a new way. Despite Whiting's protests to the contrary, at the end of the evening, you may find it impossible to deny that he's actually read your mind.


Top of The Park // Downtown Traverse City
New Years Eve

You're invited to a once in a lifetime event! Enjoy Hors' D' oevres, drinks,music, dancing and a special "Magic of the Mind" performed before the Cherry Drops. All to benefit local charities!

Limited Availability

Tickets are limited and available while they last for $125/person or $200/couple.
All to benefit local charities.


CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS FOR MAGIC AT MIDNIGHT

 

 

 

 

 

Magic 4 Humans


Bring the Kids
Traverse City Opera House
New Years Eve


An Evening of Subterfuge & Sleight of Hand

No dancing showgirls, no bad cheesy jokes. Just one human performing some of the world's most exciting and original magic right in front of you. At Ben Whiting's show, Magic For Humans, you'll feel like a kid without being treated like a child. He has performed his unique brand of sleight-of-hand magic, connecting with audiences the same way great theatre does, at events in over 15 countries.

"Masterful magic and sleight-of-hand that leaves your jaw on the floor and your eyes as big as saucers..." -NYTheatre.com

"Whiting proves that anything is possible." -Genii Magazine

"Watching him perform is the most eloquent statement about the transformative power of art that I have seen on stage in a long time" -FringeNYC Review

"Better than Copperfield" -Michael Huie, Artview Magazine

"Go see him." TimeOut New York Magazine

Party For A Purpose this New Year's Eve! 100% of the proceeds benefit area non-profits including Child and Family Services, the Father Fred Foundation, and Meals on Wheels through NMCAA.


Doors Open at 6:15pm // Performance Starts at 7pm

Tickets $10, $20 and $30

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS FOR MAGIC 4 HUMANS