Inaugural New Year’s Eve Extravaganza


History was made Monday night at the inaugural New Year’s Eve Extravaganza in downtown London. The rain ended just in time and the temperature was about 60 as thousands of people watched a ball drop from 100 feet to ring in 2019.

Everyone had a great time thanks to the entertainment from DJ Larry Lee and Radio 80, along with food and beverages from a variety of vendors.

The event was sponsored by London Downtown, City of London Tourism and Wildcat-Harley Davidson. Organizers made notes about how to make the extravaganza bigger and better next year.

Mountain Heritage Artisan Guild Gallery Shop

A new gallery shop is located at 1006 West 5th St. in front of Salon Vogue. The Mountain Heritage Artisans Guild (MHAG) gallery shop features the work of artisans who are members of the Guild that includes everything from painted works to hand-carved musical instruments.

The MHAG calls London their home but reach into residences and workshops in many towns in the Cumberland Valley region and beyond.

The work of the Guild’s members represents contemporary, traditional and experimental forms. They promote fine art, folk art and original handmade crafts.

The gallery shop’s hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10am-6pm.

Blue Star Memorial Marker

A dedication was held Saturday for a Blue Star Memorial Marker at the Whitley Branch Veterans Park.

The marker is a tribute to the Armed Forces who have defended the United States of America, and has been used to salute veterans since World War II.

The Lady’s Slippers Garden Club of London procured the marker for the Veterans Park.

Optimist Club gets money for new gym floor

Replacing the gym floor has been on the wish list for the Laurel-London Optimist Club for some time. The cork-based floor was installed in 2001 and is deteriorating under heavy play at the gym on West Ky. 80.

City of London Tourism decided to step in and help with a $58,000 check presented Wednesday that will pay for a new sports floor made of durable plastic over a foam foundation. The tourism commission has been investing funds in the Optimist Club and Little League programs after an outside study said it should focus on improving existing sports facilities.

The Optimist Club provides a variety of sports and other programs for about 4,000 youths a year.

Pictured, from left, are Lawrence Foister and Plinio Tuta of the Optimist Club, London Mayor Troy Rudder and tourism chairman Bill Dezarn.

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