Families shake, rattle and roll counting up to new year

Maayan Freedberg (cq), 6 of Bangor gets help from her mom, Naomi Freedberg, as they strap on her self-crafted New Years party hat during Thursday afternoon's noisemaker and hat making party at Maine Discovery Museum. Behind them are Mikayla Smith (lower left) 9, of Brewer and Danielle Rideout holding her two-year-old daughter Lily Rideout. New Years events took place across the region to usher in 2010. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS
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Maayan Freedberg (cq), 6 of Bangor gets help from her mom, Naomi Freedberg, as they strap on her self-crafted New Years party hat during Thursday afternoon's noisemaker and hat making party at Maine Discovery Museum. Behind them are Mikayla Smith (lower left) 9, of Brewer and Danielle Rideout holding her two-year-old daughter Lily Rideout. New Years events took place across the region to usher in 2010. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS
Posted Dec. 31, 2009, at 9:27 p.m.
Three-year-old Isaac Moore of Glenburn carefully applies glitter to his New Years party hat during Thursday afternoon's noisemaker and hat making party at Maine Discovery Museum. New Years events took place across the region to usher in 2010. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS
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Three-year-old Isaac Moore of Glenburn carefully applies glitter to his New Years party hat during Thursday afternoon's noisemaker and hat making party at Maine Discovery Museum. New Years events took place across the region to usher in 2010. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS
Donning his self-designed New Years party hat,  five-year-old Leo Kasabo-McMahon of Bangor whoops it up during Thursday afternoon's noisemaker and hat making party at Maine Discovery Museum. New Years events took place across the region to usher in 2010. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS
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Donning his self-designed New Years party hat, five-year-old Leo Kasabo-McMahon of Bangor whoops it up during Thursday afternoon's noisemaker and hat making party at Maine Discovery Museum. New Years events took place across the region to usher in 2010. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS
Dressed in Charlie Chaplin costume, Emma Howard,14 (center) of Bangor sings out &quotGoo goo g' joob" while guitarist Hannah Lee, 14 (foreground)  of Bangor of the local band &quotFighting Giants"  and stand-in drummer Ben Salinas ( not pictured) ,13, of Bangor rock out in the lobby at Bangor Public Library--part of the New Year Eve events there Thursday evening. Also in the audience were Emma's dad, Mike Howard (left, seated), Hana's dad  Changsu Lee (singing) and other friends and family. (Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)
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Dressed in Charlie Chaplin costume, Emma Howard,14 (center) of Bangor sings out "Goo goo g' joob" while guitarist Hannah Lee, 14 (foreground) of Bangor of the local band "Fighting Giants" and stand-in drummer Ben Salinas ( not pictured) ,13, of Bangor rock out in the lobby at Bangor Public Library--part of the New Year Eve events there Thursday evening. Also in the audience were Emma's dad, Mike Howard (left, seated), Hana's dad Changsu Lee (singing) and other friends and family. (Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)
Guitarist Hannah Lee, 14 (foreground) of Bangor, member of the local band &quotFighting Giants"  and stand-in drummer Ben Salinas (not pictured) ,13, of Bangor rock out in the lobby at Bangor Public Library--part of the New Year Eve events there Thursday evening. Seated on the stairs (in background) is the drummer's mother and fan, Stephanie Salinas of Bangor. (Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)
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Guitarist Hannah Lee, 14 (foreground) of Bangor, member of the local band "Fighting Giants" and stand-in drummer Ben Salinas (not pictured) ,13, of Bangor rock out in the lobby at Bangor Public Library--part of the New Year Eve events there Thursday evening. Seated on the stairs (in background) is the drummer's mother and fan, Stephanie Salinas of Bangor. (Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)
At the stroke of the New Year the glowing beach ball was tossed into the crowd gathered on Main Street, Bangor, Jan. 1, 2010.
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At the stroke of the New Year the glowing beach ball was tossed into the crowd gathered on Main Street, Bangor, Jan. 1, 2010. Bangor Daily News/Michael C. York

BANGOR, Maine — “What does it take to make you shake?” the Flannery Brothers sang on the baseball diamond inside the Maine Discovery Museum.

The obvious answer was just some good ol’ rock ’n’ roll as youngsters jumped up and down, twirled around and shook the New Year’s noisemakers they had made earlier in the day.

Families gathered in the late afternoon Thursday at the museum as part of the city’s annual Downtown Countdown. The events, many of them musical, were scheduled from noon to midnight Thursday at 14 venues.

Alexis Moran, 4½, danced while her grandparents Jim Horan and Beth Woodson, of Dixmont, watched in a room devoted to baseball at the museum in the former Freese’s Department Store.

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The girl was too bashful to say what she had made that evening as part of the museum’s program, but her shyness disappeared when the talk turned to dancing.

“I like dancing,” she declared. “I go to dancing class.”

The Bangor-based Flannery Brothers, who have recorded several albums of original songs for children, performed for about 30 minutes at the museum, then led the annual “Count Up” to the new year around the facility.

A few blocks away at the Bangor Public Library, the Fighting Giants closed their 30-minute set with The Beatles’ song “I Am the Walrus.” The duo performed in the marble-floored lobby of the library.

Hana Lee, 14, of Bangor, played guitar and Ben Salinas, 13, of Bangor, joined her on the drums. Salinas is not a member of the Fighting Giants, but when all the other members of the band had other commitments and couldn’t make it to the library on New Year’s Eve, Lee went looking for a drummer and found him. The two practiced for just three days.

“I loved it,” Salinas said of playing in the library’s lobby, where patrons have checked out books for nearly a century. “There’s a lot of reverb, so we have to turn everything down, but it’s great.”

A short walk away at the University of Maine Museum of Art, Alyssa Damon, 14, of Eddington, glued pink, purple and aqua plastic jewels onto her gold paper crown. She said that she and her four friends planned to wear them later in the evening when they went to see the movie “The Princess and the Frog.”

“You never outgrow your need for a crown,” she said.

This was the second year the museum has taken part in the Downtown Countdown, according to director George Kinghorn.

“We think of the museum as a vital and important player in the downtown,” he said as the crown-making session got under way. “So it’s natural for the museum to play a prominent part in the New Year’s Eve festival.

“Part of our mission is to provide art-making opportunities,” he continued, “and this allows us to get parents and kids here together. It helps with our goal to bring people into the museum who haven’t been here before.”

Events at venues in downtown Bangor were scheduled until about 11:30 p.m., when people were expected to gather in West Market Square for the countdown to a new decade and to see a giant ball covered with lights tossed from the top of the building where Paddy Murphy’s Pub is located.

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