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Yes, that's right! First Night St. Johnsbury is now "First Night North in St. Johnsbury."
For the past twenty-three New Year's Eves, First Night St. Johnsbury has transformed the town into a multi-stage theater filled with music, comedy, magic, movies, circus, story-telling, dance, and other shows, arts exhibits, and activities. Over 3,000 revelers of all ages come out from all over the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and the North Country of New Hampshire and beyond to enjoy this arts extravaganza.
To shine a spotlight on how our festival of the arts has become a region-wide phenomenon here up North, we have changed the name to share the limelight with our neighboring communities.
Although we have rebranded the event we are still offering the same unique brand of first-class entertainment -- a festive and alcohol-free way that celebrates the arts and culminates in a spectacular fireworks display!
We are hard at work to make our 24th annual New Year's celebration the best ever. First Night North in St. Johnsbury will again feature an amazing line-up of nearly one hundred shows by up to fifty of the region's best artists and performance groups. We will sell thousands of admission buttons and give many more to the scores of volunteers whose efforts make the event a success each year.
But without the generous support of our sponsors, it will not be possible to offer all of this entertainment at an affordable price, to say nothing of the hundreds of buttons we give away to children and their families who otherwise would be unable to attend. (Over 400 last year! And this year, even more?) Their financial support has ensured that First Night North in St. Johnsbury is again the area's most widely attended community celebration of its kind.
First Night North's happy collaboration with Catamount Arts is now in its seventh year. The professional management provided by director Jody Fried and coordinator Ashley Van Zandt, and staff and volunteers, is perfectly in line with Catamount Arts' mission to "inspire appreciation of and participation in the arts, promote the arts throughout the region, and cultivate the arts as an integral part of community life."
Finally, count me in as the first of many First Nighters to wish you a Happy New Year!
-Jay Sprout, Committee Chair
First Night North in St. Johnsbury
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Jay Sprout, President
First Night North
First Night North
P.O. Box 634
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
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)