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XX marks the spot: Westport First Night buttons pay tribute to 20th anniversary

Published 10:45 am, Tuesday, November 19, 2013
  • The First Night Westport button for 2014, designed by local artists Miggs Burroughs, recognizes the 20th anniversary of the local new year's celebration by incorporating two large "XX" images -- Roman numerals for 20 -- into the motif. Photo: Contributed Photo / Westport News contributed
    The First Night Westport button for 2014, designed by local artists Miggs Burroughs, recognizes the 20th anniversary of the local new year's celebration by incorporating two large "XX" images -- Roman numerals for 20 -- into the motif. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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The countdown begins. There are fewer than 50 days until the calendar turns to the new year.

And, once again, the town will be part of the celebration welcoming 2014. It's hosting its 20th Westport First Night festivities that will include entertainment, food and fireworks.

A Westport First Night 2014 button, designed by Westport graphic designer Miggs Burrroughs, will get participants into all of the events that will take place from 4 to 10 p.m. on New Year's Eve.

"I have done every First Night button since its inception in 1994," Burroughs said. "This year's assignment was to convey the 20th anniversary in a celebratory way."

He said that, while doodling the number 20 in various ways, he noticed that "the Roman numeral for 20 is XX."

Burroughs said he noticed that, if he added a circle on top of each of the Xs, "they became very simple, stick figures of two people holding their hands up in joy."

He said "sometimes it is difficult to hold back my commercial graphic instincts, but this was the perfect time to let them go, and I'm glad I could."

Entertainment First Night will include performers like Chris Coogan, who plays jazz and standards; blues pianist Mark Naftacih; the Good News Gospel Choir and Washboard Slim and the Bluelights, a jug band that plays traditional American music.

There will also be square dancing, a magician and face art. Fortune tellers and palm readers will also be on hand for those wanting to know what the new year has in store for them.

Buttons go on sale Dec. 2 at a cost of $10 each. From Dec. 15 on, they will cost $15 each. Children under the age of 2 are admitted free.

Buttons can be purchased at the Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road; the Westport Senior Center, 21 Imperial Ave.; Trader Joe's, 400 Post Road East TDBank, 185 Main St.; and Oscar's Deli, 159 Main St.

Buttons can also be purchased online.

An official program guide will be available after Dec. 15 at button-selling locations.

For additional information, or to purchase buttons online go to www.firstnightww.com