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NYE: Raleigh Welcomes Local Musicians To First Night Stages

This is the acorn emblematic of Raleigh, North Carolina which usually sits on a pole in Moore Square but lately is removed, suspended from a crane, and lowered at midnight to mark the new year. It is a festive time ball.
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Celebrations are scheduled across the state today as the countdown to the New Year looms.

Raleigh's First Night 2016 festivities include the traditional acorn-drop, the People's Procession, and fireworks. 

Cameron Laws works for Artsplosure, which organizes the event.  She says there's also a lot of music planned.

"We have a lot of local talent coming out and we're really excited about harnessing that," she said. 

Seagulls and Towers will be at Vintage Church, and John D. Holeman playing at CAM.

"There's so much to see and I would highly recommend that you download our First Night Raleigh 2016 app where you can read about all of these performances and activities and you can actually plan an itinerary based on what seems interesting to you."

Speaking of music, the Avett Brothers are celebrating the arrival of the New Year in Greensboro. 

Brasstown's Possum Drop is back on this year. In Mount Olive the annual Pickle-Drop marks the beginning of 2016.

Eric Hodge hosts WUNC’s broadcast of Morning Edition, and files reports for the North Carolina news segments of the broadcast. He started at the station in 2004 doing fill-in work on weekends and All Things Considered.
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