Cast away the evil spirits of 2017 on New Year’s Eve at the Brearley House’s annual Hogmanay event. A Lawrence Township tradition since 1997, you’re invited to create a list of all the bad things you want to forget about 2017, toss it in the bonfire, and watch it burn away. The fire will be lit at 6 p.m. and extinguished at 8 p.m.
A bagpiper will be onsite to entertain the crowd and the house will be open.
Paper and pencils will also be available for you to write down all the bad things from the previous year that you wish to toss into the fire. You are also invited to prepare a list in advance and bring it to the fire.
Hogmanay is a Scottish New Year’s celebration that has it roots in Pagan tradition. To this day, Hogmanay is the main winter holiday and includes many Christmas-like features, such as gift giving.
The most important aspect of any Hogmanay celebration is cleansing for the new year. Cleansing includes paying off old debts, washing the home, and banishing thoughts of bad happenings from the previous year.
Other traditions include the banging of pots at midnight to ward off dark spirits, banishing stray dogs to keep evil at bay, and firstfooting – a tradition of visiting friends and relatives at midnight to bring them good cheer to start off the new year.
The bonfire takes place at the Great Meadow at the Brearley House. Parking will be offsite at the Vision Management complex on Lenox Drive, just off Princeton Pike. Visitors are asked to enter the lot at the light on Princeton Pike and Lenox Drive. Follow the road to the rear lots, where you can either walk a lighted trail to Brearley House or board a shuttle bus.
Food will be available for sale onsite by Captain Paul’s Firehouse Dogs.