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Photos from Patchogue’s packed New Year’s Eve countdown

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Thousands crowded East Main Street Saturday night for Patchogue’s New Year’s Eve countdown and dance party called Midnight on Main St.

To keep it family friendly, the village’s countdown happens at 9 p.m.

The event features a multi-color LED ball from Northstar Signs & Neon and Fireworks by Grucci, all in the area of Capital One Plaza.

This year, the families of PeraBell Food Bar, the night’s presenting sponsor, gathered on the main stage to help lead the countdown.

Click here to watch Midnight on Main St. in 30 seconds!

The 10-year-old restaurant also took first place in Main Street’s holiday decorating contest. Owners John Peragine and Scotti Campbell were handed a replica leg lamp trophy from the holiday favorite A Christmas Story to be displayed in PeraBell next December. (Photos below.)

Also announced was a Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts raffle to help complete the funding for the new, LED marquee that will be going up at the historic theater.

The theater is selling 500 tickets at $100 each for a chance to win a four-day, three-night September getaway at a Davis Park beach house that also includes a $100 Casino gift card and free round-trip ferry tickets. DETAILS

Sponsored by greaterpatchogue.com, the raffle tickets will be available at the theater’s box office, located at 71 East Main Street.

“Last year, our theatre had a beautiful facelift but our marquee has seen better days so we are starting a fundraiser to replace front and side panels with a digital LED system,” said theater trustee Christopher Capobianco.

The marquee costs $250,000. The theater is also receiving a $104,000 grant through the county to help pay for it. The theater held a fundraiser this fall as well that featured Broadway and Hollywood actress Bernadette Peters.

“Only 500 will be sold so your odds are very good,” Capobianco said.

The crowd Saturday night packed the area around the ball for a dance party that started around 8 p.m. The Patchogue Chamber of Commerce organizes the event.

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About the author: Michael White

Michael White is a Bellport resident, longtime newspaper reporter and editor, and the owner of greaterpatchogue.com. Email him your story ideas or tips: mike@greaterpatchogue.com