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Ringing in 2022

Coplay Saengerbund, 205 S. Fifth St., held a Silvester Feier New Year’s Eve celebration Dec. 31, 2021. The event was billed as a “Ring in the New Year with a European flair.” It began 3 p.m. with a hot buffet meal. The cost per attendee included the meal, beer, soda, juice and water. Cake, with coffee or tea, was served after 5 p.m.

Attendees were asked to celebrate their German and Austrian heritage with a 6 p.m. Champagne toast, set to coincide with midnight in Vienna, Austria, whose time is six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

The revelers hoisted their Champagne glasses 6 p.m. and toasted to 2022. Balloons were released from the ceiling, and celebrants sang and danced to Auld Lang Syne. Originally a Scottish song, written by Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1788, Auld Lang Syne is a nostalgic song adopted for a variety of purposes around the world.

The popular Emil Schanta Band provided ethnic Austrian and German music and traditional New Year’s songs 4-7 p.m.

This was the fourth year the Silvester Feier was held at the Saengerbund.

One attendee noted she appreciates the event is over by 7 p.m. because it gives her enough time to get home safely and watch the televised New Year’s Eve ball drop in New York City in the safety of her home.

PRESS PHOTOS BY BILL LEINER JR. Attendees of Coplay Saengerbund's Silvester Feier event, held Dec. 31 at the 205 S. Fifth St., site, toast with Champagne 6 p.m. as the clock strikes midnight in Vienna, Austria, and signals the start of 2022.
The Emil Schanta Band entertains at the fourth annual event.
Balloons drop from the ceiling to commemorate midnight in Vienna, Austria, at the Silvester Feier New Year's celebration.