By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item
SUNBURY — No sooner had the ball dropped in downtown Sunbury to usher in 2013 than the city’s New Year’s Eve committee looked around and saw hundreds of people enjoying themselves.
Panel members then looked at one another and agreed the first Sunbury New Year’s Eve celebration was such a huge success they needed to start right away and plan for a second.
And they did.
On New Year’s Eve, rock ’n’ roll band Bon Jovi will be sending its tribute band, “Bad Medicine,” to Sunbury to perform all the hits of the legendary rockers.
Bad Medicine is the official Bon Jovi tribute band and it has been known that rock ’n’ roller Jon Bon Jovi has made appearances with Bad Medicine on several occasions.
“They are great and we are excited Bad Medicine is coming to Sunbury,” New Year’s Eve committee member Slade Shreck said of the act that will take the stage at 9 p.m. at the intersection of Fourth and Market streets.
“Last year everyone had a great time and we are glad to do this again.”
The celebration will also be child-friendly as Cameron Park will be filled with games and entertainment, which will include pony rides, a magician and several events.
The Sunbury Ice Rink will be open until 1 a.m. New Year’s Day so parents will be able to drop off their kids and go out for dinner or listen to the band, Shreck said.
Later on in the night is when the action will really pick up as Sunbury Broadcasting radio personalities Drew Kelly and Ali Stevens and other special guests will be appearing live on a webcast that will be broadcast on The Daily Item, WKOK and the city of Sunbury websites in unison.
Valley celebrities will be appearing all over Sunbury interviewing people and hyping up 2014.
They may even arrive at your doorstep.
“Ali and I are excited to help Sunbury ring in 2014 in what will be the city’s first live New Year’s Eve webcast,” Kelly said. “Those that are unable to join us in person can watch it on a PC or smartphone and will undoubtedly see some interesting, unscripted activities. I can’t wait to see what the night brings!”
A fireworks display in downtown will finish off the celebration, committee members said.
There will also be a VIP tent sponsored by Guigi’s restaurant and Brewers’ Outlet, both of Sunbury. Inside will be food, adult beverages, private tables and chairs and heaters.
Cost for the VIP tent is $25 per ticket and can be picked up at the Sunbury Revitalization Inc., office, at 225 Market St., for a cost of $25.