Following is the schedule of events planned Wednesday at downtown venues for First Night 2014


Animal caricatures, 4 to 7 p.m.: Artist Pat Mason creates animal caricatures for First-Nighters of all ages.

Face art, 4:30 to 6:45 p.m.: Amazing Face Art will transform kids and adults with imaginative creations. Organizers said they use only hypoallergenic, nontoxic, FDA-apporoved paints that wash off with soap and water. Cost $3.

Bari Koral, 4:30 to 5:15, 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.: Dubbed the "Sheryl Crow for kids" by the New York Post, Koral gets children actively involved in her shows. Kids may may "pop" like popcorn, surf the waves, run like the gingerbread man and even learn to jam with a band.

Family square dance, 7 to 9 p.m.: Veteran square-dance caller Al Brozek will direct families to swing their partners, promenade and do-si-do in a fun atmosphere.


Seabury Center

Chris Coogan, 7:45 to 8:30, 8:45 to 9:30 p.m.: Coogan's ensemble plays jazz, standards and requests.

Leslie Orofino, 6 to 6:30, 6:45 to 7:15 p.m.: Actress-singer Leslie Orofino, who has sung in the Algonquin Hotel's Oak Room and Napa Valley's Silverado Country Club, performs two cabaret shows.

Church sanctuary

Gospel choir, 5:45 to 6:30, 6:45 to 7:30 p.m.: The 50-voice, multidenominational Good News Gospel Choir performs two concerts. The group performs regularly at churches, festivals, fundraisers and other events throughout Connecticut and has released two albums.

Branson Hall

Squeaky Clean, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.: A family-friendly rock and roll band plays hits from the golden years of rock, including "Rock Around the Clock," "Lollipop," "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." Founded in 1983, the band was featured on Nickelodeon's series, "Eureeka's Castle."


McManus Room

Model trains and tales, 4 to 7 p.m.: Dennis the Train Man returns with his collection of trains and tales to tell about them. Included this year is Amtrak, Thomas the Tank Engine, the New York City subway and the Harry Potter Hogwarts Express.



Carriage rides, 4 to 8 p.m.: Allegra Farms offers old-fashioned, horse-drawn carriage rides.

Bedford Room

Jazz duo, 5 to 5:45; 6 to 6:45 p.m.: Paul & Gene jazz duo features guitarist Gene Pino and reedman Paul Boehmke. They play jazz hits from the 1920s forward, plus a sprinkling of rock, blues, Latin, pop and classical music.

Classic rock, 7:15 to 9:30 p.m.: The RPMs, a classic rock quartet, covers a variety of dance music, including Fleetwood Mac, Badfinger, the Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, the Band and the Beatles, among others.



Inflatable Park, 4 to 8:30 p.m.: A room full of inflatables for children to play and jump around. No one with face painting will be permitted on inflatables, so organizers urge families to hit this stop first.

Mary Poppins, 4 to 5:45 p.m.: Linda Peck, as Mary Poppins, performs whimsical illusions and brings her audience onto a London street, complete with umbrellas and her magic hat rack.

Rock band, 4 to 5:45 p.m.: The Federation is an eclectic rock band featuring Westport native J. Dale Rose on bass guitar and lead vocals.

Jug-band music, 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.: Washboard Slim and the Bluelights bringing jug-band music into the 21st century with original songs, early jazz, blues, swing, standards, gospel, pop and turn of the century and roots rock 'n' roll.

Face art, 5 to 8 p.m.: Amazing Face Art will transform kids and adults with imaginative creations. Organizers said they use only hypoallergenic, nontoxic, FDA-apporoved paints that wash off with soap and water. Cost $3.


Ventriloquist, 4:30 to 5:15, 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.: Ventriloquist Jonathan Geffner and his puppets perform "Puppet Power!" Geffner was the ventriloquist consultant for Tina Fey's 2013 movie, "Admission."

Pop and show tunes, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.: For the Heart, a dozen young performers from Westport and Fairfield, do pop, Disney and Broadway songs music. The group performed at the Compo Beach Independence Day fireworks show.

Magic show, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Magic Genie puts on a show of illusion and even shows the audience how to do some of his tricks.



Caricatures, 6 to 9 p.m.: Artist John Stevens will draw characitures for New Year's Eve revelers.

Rooms 201-201A

Fortune tellers, 8 to 10 p.m.: Bigelow Tea House of the New Year Moon will featune fortune tellers, palm readers, psychics and Tarot card readers -- plus a variety of Bigelow treas. Cost is $10 for 10 minutes, plus $1 for each additional minute.

Lower Auditorium

Community theater, 5:30 to 6 p.m., 7:15 to 7:45, 9 to 9:30 p.m.: Westport Community Theatre puts on three performances.


Motown sounds, 5:45 to 6:30 p.m., 6:45 to 7:30 p.m.: Tim Currie and his Motown Revue Band, a 12-member group, perform hits by the Temptations, the Supremes and the Jackson Five. Dancing in the aisles is encouraged.

Bach to Broadway, 8 to 8:45, 9 to 9:45 p.m.: Multiple musicians and vocalists perform two shows featuring classical numbers and show tunes.


School of Rock, 7:45 to 9:45 p.m.: The School of Rock music school's Fairfield House Band performs rock hits. The band includes 13 musicians and singers ages 10 to 18 from Fairfield, Westport and Stratford.


Blues piano, 6 to 8 p.m.: Blues pianist Mark Naftalin, the original keyboardist in the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, will be accompanied by Fairfield-County percussionist Barry Urich, who has played with Jose Feliciano and Lester Chambers.