Happy New Year and welcome to Tuesday's Table!
Did you watch the ball drop in Times Square? Did you know that the New Year's Eve Times Square Ball Drop may be the most famous event observed all over the world. Those who mark the occasion in New York City brave a crowd of more than a million people and are treated to a ton (literally) of confetti, fireworks and parties that run deep into the first day of the New Year.
Since 1907 the ball has been dropped from One Times Square every year, except in 1942 and 1943, when a wartime blackout canceled the drop. The ball drop has evolved with technology in its hundred-plus-year history. Walter F. Palmer, an electrician with the New York Times, designed the first ball. It appeared as an illuminated 400-pound iron-and-wood orb and was lowered from a flagpole. In 1995, rhinestones and a computerized system featuring strobe lights were added. This year's ball will be 12 feet in diameter and will weigh 11,875 pounds.
By tradition, the ball drop begins one minute to midnight when the mayor of New York City presses a ball-shaped button on a concert stage. In reality, the drop is not triggered by the button, but is cued automatically by an atomic clock synchronized with the time signal WWVB.
And that ball drop marks the start of many many New Year's Resolutions. Did you make any resolutions this year? Do you have successes from last year to share? Do you have new recipes on your list to try? Do you have some favorites from last year? Share those or any others here at Tuesday's Table!
We've had a lot of fun and creative links shared. This week's favorite was difficult to choose! This week my favorite was the Classic Orange Julius from Tip Garden. I remember these from when I was a kid, and it feels like a healthy way to start the New Year!
I'll feature my favorite entry from this week on next week's post. I hope you bring your favorites!
Only a few guidelines:
- Please share as many links as you like, but only if you haven't shared them here before.
- Add a link back to Tuesday's Table (or grab a button above!) so others can join in the fun.
- Sign up for my email reminder here.
And now, for this week's link party!