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Whitman residents will wait for cookie to drop on New Year’s Eve

While some will watch the big, glittery ball drop in New York City’s Times Square, Whitman residents will watch a six-foot chocolate chip cookie descend in the center of their town for New Year’s Eve.

Whitman will celebrate both its inaugural First Night celebration and the 75th anniversary of the tollhouse cookie, officials said.

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The cookie was created at the Toll House Inn in Whitman, said Richard Rosen, a Whitman resident and organizer of the First Night event. He said Ruth Wakefield created the cookie completely by accident, making the Toll House a fixture in the town.

First Night will kick off at 8:30 p.m. with musical performances. More than 2,000 toll house cookies will be handed out from McGuiggan’s Pub, and then the six-foot replica cookie will be lowered 75 feet into the center of town, First Night Whitman said.

The large cookie is made of metal covered in fabric, Rosen said. The chocolate chips are made of foam rubber, and the cookie has lights scattered on it.

The festivities will culminate with a midnight fireworks display, First Night Whitman said. Roads at Whitman Center will be closed starting at 5 p.m.

More information can be found on the First Night website and Facebook page.

Melissa Hanson can be reached at or on Twitter @Melissa__Hanson

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