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'First Night' is a fun night as Westport welcomes 2013

Updated 4:06 pm, Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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  • Bob Handelman of Westport snaps a family photo during First Night Westport/Weston activities at the TD Bank on Main Street in downtown Westport on Monday, December 31, 2012. Photo: Brian A. Pounds, Connecticut Post / Connecticut Post
    Bob Handelman of Westport snaps a family photo during First Night Westport/Weston activities at the TD Bank on Main Street in downtown Westport on Monday, December 31, 2012. Photo: Brian A. Pounds, Connecticut Post

 

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Ten, nine, eight, seven ... '13!

The new year got off to a festive start Monday night in downtown Westport as "First Night" revels ushered out the old and celebrated the new with a varied slate of fun and entertainment.

"It's our family tradition," said Elizabeth Baldwin of Westport, whose family came to the New Year's Eve events for the sixth year in a row.

"It's family-oriented," she said. "Lots of children -- child-friendly -- and the beautiful horse and carriage rides."

Activities were staged over a nearly eight-hour period at venues around the town center, including bands and dancing, face painting, ice sculpting and a performance of two one-act plays in the Town Hall theater.

Beginning at 4 p.m., close to a dozen venues hosted around 25 activities, culminating with a "Laser Jam" light show near the Post Road bridge.

"We've had a few little glitches," said Barbara Pearson-Rac, the First Night chairwoman. "Otherwise it's going fine."

"It's all about community and family," she said. "People come out to celebrate the new year."

"It's fabulous," Pearson-Rac added. "It's a safe, family-friendly environment for people to wander around."