Westport First Night: Here's the schedule
The towns of Westport and Weston plan to usher in 2012 in grand style with more than eight hours of First Night events and activities Saturday in downtown Westport.
A wide array of entertainment for kids, families teens and adults are on tap from late afternoon until the clock strikes midnight.
First Night buttons -- the jumbo lapel pins that allow admission to all events -- are available for $15 from select, local retailers. All activities are downtown and within easy walking distance of each other.
To welcome the new year with a bang -- and plenty of booms -- fireworks displays are planned at 8:30 p.m. and midnight.
The festival kicks off at 4 p.m. with an antique car show down Main Street at 4 p.m. and continues past midnight with food, a variety of music and dancing, plus storytelling and other activities specifically for children.
Kids' fare includes face painting and two musical performances by Bari Koral, who typicall gets her young audience actively involved in the show. Also on tap for young revelers are Storycrafters, Drumming About You, The Jumbo Shrimp CIrcus and the Lenihan School of Irish Dancers.
Other events will include a First Night Ball Room in the Seabury Center's Great Room, an Al Brozek-Family Square Dance at TD Bank and rock band the Zazu Project in the Bedford Room of the Westport-Weston Family Y.
The night's schedule of events is as follows:
Barry Marshall and Jeri Burns bring some favorite old stories to life with their original music and style of storytelling. They perform and teach their art form in schools, libraries, and other venues all over the US and the British Isles. They have been featured performers at storytelling and folk festivals nationally and internationally. They will enrapture all of you with the wonders of a great story!
7:30- 8:15 p.m.
Chris Coogan returns to First Night. Always a favorite, Chris plays jazz and standards and your requests, weaving it all into a seamless, joyful tapestry.
FIRST NIGHT BALLROOM
5:30- 6:15 p.m.
Dubbed "the `It' girl' in kids/family music" by NY Magazine and the "Sheryl Crow for kids" by the NY Post, Bari's songs are a huge hit with children and adults. At the live shows children may pop like popcorn, surf the waves, run like the gingerbread man and they may even learn to "jam with the band. We hope to see you at a show soon!
Their latest album Rock and Roll Garden won the Nappa Gold and Parents' Choice Award and was picked as top 10 kid's album of the year by Time Out Kids. Bari & her career were also featured in the New York Times.
Popular artist, Pat Mason creates animal caricatures for all First Nighters.
AMAZING FACE ART
A favorite of all ages, we are adding an additional site. For an additional $3.00 you can literally be transformed. (See description at "Y" location).
AL BROZEK- FAMILY
Al Brozek is a veteran square dance caller who has guest called for square dance clubs throughout New England, New York and New Jersey. Be prepared to spin your partner around the floor, dance up a storm and have some fun with your family!
Blues pianist Mark Naftalin, who was the original keyboardist in the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, has recorded and concertized with John Lee Hooker, Etta James, Percy Mayfield, Buddy Guy, Van Morrison, and many other blues and rock greats. Mark will be accompanied by longtime Fairfield-County percussionist Barry Urich, who has backed Jose Feliciano and Lester Chambers (of the Chambers brothers) , and who is known for his many performances with area favorites Blue In The Face and The Twinkies.
BIGELOW TEA HOUSE OF THE NEW YEAR MOON
WITH FORTUNE TELLERS, PALM READERS, PSYCHICS,
TAROT CARD READERS
Wondering about the future? Worried about the present? Want some clues? Warm up with a cup of tea and have our experienced group read and interpret your palm, fortune or how your stars align. There is a $10 charge for 10 minutes and $1 for every additional minute.
5:30-6:15 p.m., 7:15-8 p.m.
DRUMMING ABOUT YOU
The Town Hall is going to sparkle. Bob Bloom is trucking a cargo of colorful drums and percussion trinkets for you to get your hands on at this participatory music hoot. Everyone plays as he drives the most engaging songs that Westport, Connecticut will ever hear.
9-9:30 p.m., 9:45-10:15 p.m.
THE LENIHAN SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCE
The students of the Lenihan School of Irish dance are known for their excellence and will be presenting a wonderful, entertaining and toe tapping show. Students of the Lenihan School of Irish Dance are recognized and praised throughout the state for their outstanding performances.
6:00-6:15 p.m., 7:30-7:45 p.m., 9:00 -9:15 p.m.
5-8:15 p.m., 8:45-10 p.m.
AMAZING FACE ART
For an additional $3.00 you can literally be transformed. Amazing Face Art is truly amazing and kids and adults will be thrilled by their artistic creations. Amazing Face Art provides face and body painting, airbrush art, for any event in Connecticut and surrounding areas.
It's your children's skin!! They only use the safest and highest quality face paints in the market. They are hypoallergenic, non toxic and FDA approved. Easily washes off with soap and water.
5 -7 p.m.
ARTS AND CRAFTS
Hands on fun for kids of all ages with a variety of arts and crafts projects offered. This is an opportunity for kids to work on some creative projects, all supplies donated by the Educational Warehouse.
WASHBOARD SLIMS AND BLUELIGHTS
Washboard Slim and the Blue Lights are bringing jug band music into the 21st century. The music the Bluelights perform is at the very root of traditional American popular music. A typical Bluelights performance might include original music, early jazz, blues, swing, standards, jug band, gospel, pop music from the turn of the century and roots rock'n'roll. Starting in 1986, they continue to perform at festivals, concerts and clubs throughout North America.
7:30-8:15 p.m., 8:45-9:30 p.m.
ADAM CURRIE BAND
Adam Currie is a singer songwriter from Fairfield CT. At a young age Adam was introduced to the music of the legendary bands such as the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and many others which greatly influenced his music which is a mixture of the Beatles, Bob Dylan and Dave Matthews all rolled into one. His band plays in many of the events in Connecticut. Come and hear him rock!
THE ZAZU PROJECT
The ZaZu Project provides a non-stop helping of great dance tunes and well-known favorites from Aretha Franklin to ZZ Top. R&B, 80's, Country, Classic Rock, and anything else you can think of, The ZaZu Project does it all. Dave and Daria Verelley, Mick Stephan, and Gnorm will have you dancing off all those holiday pounds in no time!
MIKE VALENTINE, CARICATURES
Caricaturist Mike Valentine, will capture you with his funny but flattering drawings
5:45 p.m. (performance), 6-7 p.m. (workshop)
THE JUMBO SHRIMP CIRCUS
The Jumbo Shrimp Circus, with Philip Briggs, a veteran entertainer, is coming across the country to share his talents with us. Philip is a graduate of Duke University's Theatre Program and Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Clown College. He will be preforming and afterwards spend time teaching us some great circus acts. Philip has performed at many First Night's on the West Coast and we are lucky to have him here for this year.
7:30-8:15 p.m., 9-9:45 p.m.
THE MAGIC GENIE
Back by popular demand! Get ready for the thrill of your life. Here comes the Magic Genie. He has traveled around the world and has developed a presentation of magic that is astonishing, unbelievable and incredible.
DENNIS THE TRAIN MAN
The very popular Dennis the Train Man returns with his collection of trains and tales to tell about them. Included this year is Amtrak, Thomas the Tank Train, the New York City Subway and the very special Harry Potter Hogwarth's Express!!!
Be ready to rock n' roll and dance to the music of Suzanne Smithline and Glenn Paul Manion who began performing rockabilly music under the name SQUEAKY CLEAN in 1983. Their "Squeaky Clean" image enabled them to present rock and roll music to a wider audience. They offer a series of rock and roll shows aimed at children and families in museums, libraries and parks. These concerts became a successful Arts-in-Education presentation about the history of rock and roll. The program proved so popular that the band members developed other programs about the 1960s.
Anybody can take his or her shot at entertaining the crowd.