Thursday, June 30 2022

The start of a new year can be memorable. It is often a time when people remember the past and carry on traditions by eating a meal meant for good luck or participating in a certain activity.

Several locals have shared their thoughts with The Herald-Times on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day and how they celebrate the holidays.

Efrat Feferman, Executive Director, Monroe County United Way

“For me, the date has always been about finding the safe and comfortable place to ring in the new year with loved ones. I’m all about hosting a few friends for food, drinks, conversation and laughter… watching the countdown on TV and the countdown… cheering on the new year… texting all loved ones who aren’t close as soon as possible after the balloon drops to say “Happy New Year The evening marks the end of the “holiday season” and New Year’s Day inevitably leads to self-reflection and the setting of goals for the coming year.”

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Cathy Meyer, Retired Naturalist, Monroe County Parks and Recreation

“In the ‘Before Times,’ I participated in the Christmas Bird Count at the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge. It’s always been on January 1. Going out and looking for birds with a few friends was a great way to kick off the new year. Sometimes it was sunny and glistening frost or otters sliding on the snow, sometimes it was wet or rainy and muddy There’s something to enjoy every time you get out into the wild I’m also starting a new list of birds that I see myself court every year and I can still do it.”

Tim Clougher, Assistant Manager, Community Kitchen of Monroe County

“We traditionally play a lot of Yahtzee with a midnight champagne toast and a New Years Day hike in the woods. This year we plan to watch one of the old New Years Countdown programs on YouTube with Guy Lombardi at the time.”

Mary Morgan speaks September 23 at the United Way of Monroe County fundraising campaign launch outside The Mill.

Mary Morgan, Director of Housing Security, Monroe County United Way

“When I was a kid, I would take our family’s fancy stemmed glasses and put them in the freezer. Just before midnight, we would take them out, fill them with 7-Up, and add a bright red maraschino cherry. The frosted glass and the fizzy soda seemed so sophisticated as we toasted the countdown and watched Dick Clark do the same in Times Sq. Midnight, as the year changed, seemed magical.

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Robert Frew, co-owner, with Juan Carlos, of Sobremesa Farm near New Unionville, recalls past activities

“Each year, before starting the Sobremesa farm, we loved to travel. For many years we traveled to Medellin, Colombia to visit family and friends, usually around the second week of December, until mid Jan. On New Years Eve, we would visit The Cousins ​​of Juan Carlos and play cards or other games while listening to Latin music, and end with a toast with wine and a eating 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight. On New Year’s Day we would visit more family and friends, more gatherings and food. We would come home with lots of great memories and photos to remember the value of family and friends.”

Pat East, executive director of The Mill in Bloomington, shared what he and his wife, Jamie, are up to

“We don’t have a New Year’s tradition, but we have one for New Year’s, if it helps. We always cook crab legs at home and have a family dinner. I don’t know what that motivated him, but we’ve been doing it for years, since our first child was born, of course. Jamie buys a big can of snow crabs from Kroger and steams them. Everyone has their own pair of crackers. The kids are old enough now to be able to do on their own without needing me to “give them a big chunk” of crabmeat that I broke off myself.”

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Chief Lee Rosser

Bloomington Chief Lee Rosser

“I try to think of the TV show I grew up on that always had corned beef and cabbage for New Years…it was one of those images of food that brought the family together. So when I had a family, that’s what Me too. Video games, corned beef and cabbage. Today, the children are grown and don’t even eat it anymore. But we play together.

Joe Lee poses at his desk September 14 at his home.

Joe Lee, Herald-Times graphic designer and editorial cartoonist

“In the Bess and Joe Lee household, we try to stick to a good fortune food custom that came to the American South through enslaved Africans, with a little bit of medieval France added. Bess, a Virginia native and a New Year’s baby as well, grew up eating Hoppin’ John’s simple dish: black-eyed peas served any way you can imagine – we fix them with greens. , onions and on rice. Peas were a traditional food originating in Africa – a food that was not only a nutritious protein, but that could be easily grown and was easy to produce. even when cruelly enslaved.

“Beans, also a food of the medieval serf, became one of the main “sacraments” of the “Fête des fous” (yes, that of Victor Hugo’s “Hunchback of Notre-Dame”), a celebration whose roots date back to ancient Roman ‘Saturnalia’ which happened at the end of the ancient year and overturned the norms of society – ‘the first shall be last and the last shall be first.’

“Enslaved Africans clinging to culture and the remnants of a stolen life, European peasants enjoying daily nutrition that could turn the world upside down, all cooked up like true American cuisine. So enjoy a hearty dish of Hoppin’ John and hope for good luck for all with another round of Solar Roulette in 2022!”

Contact Carol Kugler at [email protected], 812-331-4359 or @ckugler on Twitter.

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