The 2014 edition of First Night St. Johnsbury marks the beginning of the third decade of our New Year’s Eve festival of the arts. This 21st annual celebration presents the largest array of regional entertainment available under one banner at any time during the year. 17 new and 36 returning acts by more than 220 entertainers are performing throughout the evening on Tuesday, December 31, at 18 venues on and near Main Street in St. Johnsbury.
Read through this program guide carefully to decide which of the many talented people who populate our region’s rich artistic scene you are going to see. Just to name a few of our First Night newcomers, consider the distinctive bagpipes of the internationally-award winning Catamount Pipe Band, Scottish performer Iian McHarg and Friends, Vermont country music vocalist Tim Brick and his band, nationally-known folk duo Dana and Susan Robinson, The Starline Rhythm Boys, Duck the Chicken, Jean Charles, the Barnyard Pimps, and Chickweed. Suffice it to say, there is music, dance, and all kinds of other shows for revelers of all ages.
Special features throughout the evening will once again include Dancing Djinn with their fiery street entertainment, and sky lanterns after the Family Fun Fair, planetarium shows at the Fairbanks Museum, the free pancake supper, and the ball raising at midnight and the fireworks display to start the new year with a blast. More meditative New Year’s beginnings are a Watch Night service at the Grace United Methodist Church and an interfaith service at the South Congregational Church at 12:30 am.
In addition to the entertainment, several locations are also providing a wide variety of food and snacks throughout the evening, which officially runs from 4 pm through midnight.
As you are perusing this guide, take note of the many generous sponsors who underwrite the considerable costs of this entertainment extravaganza.
Get your one-price-covers-all wristband at the advance discount price before December 31st at Catamount Arts and various other area locations. Or, of course, you can pay the nominal full price at the Main Street information booth as well as the Catamount Box Office on New Year’s Eve. Either way, the one, low, affordable admission price for all events so that everyone can join the festivities is what makes First Night truly a community celebration of the arts.
And at the heart of the arts in our community is Catamount Arts. St. Johnsbury’s arts center is indeed “First Night Central.” Now in their fourth year of providing professional management of the event, Jody Fried, Jerry Aldredge, Paul Seaton, and other Catamount staff and volunteers, along with your loyal participation and support, is ensuring the vitality of First Night for another 20 years.
-Jay Sprout, President First Night St. Johnsbury
Jay Sprout, President
First Night St. Johnsbury
3:00pm - 2:00am
The First Night shuttle bus will run counterclockwise and the route will service every venue.
From the Comfort Inn on Rte 5 the shuttle will travel north onto Railroad St.
Turn left onto Eastern Ave (passengers can be picked up from state parking area)
Turn right onto Pearl St (passengers can be picked up from municipal/Dunkin Donuts parking area)
Turn Left onto Maple St.
Turn Left onto Cherry St. (stop for Universalist - Utitarian Congregational Church)
Turn right onto Eastern Ave (stop for Gatto Nero Studio and VFW)
Continue up Eastern Ave
Turn right onto Main St. (stops at Fairbanks Museum and North Church)
Continue down Main St.
Turn Left onto Winter St.
Turn left onto Summer St. (stop for Kingdom Recovery Center)
Turn left onto Central St (stop for Grace Church)
Continue to end of Central St. (stop for St. J House)
Turn right onto Main St (stop at ST J Athenaeum)
Continue down Main St.
Turn right onto Western Ave. (turn around at St. Johnsbury School rotary)
Turn right back up Western Ave.
Turn right on Main St (stops for Streeter Hall, Field House)
Turn around Field House rotary
Turn left back onto Main St. (stops for Fuller Hall and South Church)
Continue down Main St (can stop at StJ Info center)
Turn right down Eastern Ave (stop at Catamount Arts)
Continue down Eastern Ave
Turn right onto Railroad St (down to Comfort Inn)