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F.C. Advances Plans for New Year

Culminating Virginia’s year-long celebration of its 400 years since the founding of Jamestown, the City of Falls Church will again host a “Watch Night” fete in its downtown on New Year’s Eve. The ninth annual event has taken on the character of yet another significant Falls Church tradition since its initiation on Dec. 31, 1998. At that time, it kicked off Falls Church’s year-long celebration of its own 300-year history. The 100 block of W. Broad Street will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 6 p.m. and a wide array of events and children’s activities will take place in the middle of the block, while restaurants and other retailers will remain open past midnight. Restaurants in and near the block are taking dining reservations now for the festival. Most will have live entertainment and other special New Year’s Eve accoutrements. City resident and Chamber of Commerce activist Barbara Cram is in charge of coordinating the celebration, taking over for its founder, the ubiquitous community organizer David Eckert, who has moved out of the area. The theme chosen for this year’s Watch Night is “A Party for the People By the People,” taking from the Jamestown commemoration theme. In addition to the on-street activities, a Fun Alley will be created in the surface parking lot area connecting the 100 blocks of W. Broad and Park Avenue.

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