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WELCOME to FIRST NIGHT 2015


PLEASE CHECK OUT THIS YEAR'S AMAZING ARTISTS...

AND DON'T MISS THE EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS THAT WILL SAVE YOU 40% OFF YOUR WRISTBANDS!

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Welcome to First Night St. Johnsbury!

It is my privilege to invite you to the biggest festival of the arts in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom and New Hampshire’s North Country. For the 22nd time First Night St. Johnsbury presents a phenomenal array of entertainment. Join the thousands of revelers who have been celebrating together at this family-friendly, substance-free celebration every New Year’s Eve since 1993.

If you’ve been with us before you’ll find many of your First Night favorites among the over 50 different acts in nearly 100 performances at over 20 venues. Some are with us almost every year and others appear more periodically. But, as always, we are delighted to introduce some new shows.

In particular we bring to center stage the aerial acrobatics of the Nimble Arts Ruckus Circus, whose performance credentials include the world famous Cirque du Soleil.

The many talented artists who populate our region’s rich cultural scene offer music in about as many genres as you can think of - folk, pop, rock, jazz, bluegrass, Broadway, sacred, silly, contemporary, country, classical, covers and originals, and some that defy one-word description. Debuting in the huge First Night contingent of at least 36 musical acts will be (in alphabetical order) the Hillside Rounders, Hornbeam, Hot Mustard, Pipe and Slippers, Senayit, and the Stovepipe Mountain Band.

You can also dance the night away in squares or contra lines, or cut a rug to Big Band swing, or strut your stuff with a country band, or bust a move with rock music. You can also enjoy performances of dance, acrobatics, magic, hypnotism, and comedy.

The kids can work off some energy on the Family Fun Fair’s giant inflatables and many games and activities or spend some quiet time at The Athenaeum’s story hour. Relaxation and education for all ages can be found at the Fairbanks’ Museum’s planetarium shows.

We have changed our shows at the Catamount Arts theaters this year by featuring short films instead of feature-length movies. Feel free to come and go at these screenings of outstanding collections of short films. There will be blocks of shorts that the whole family can enjoy. Other blocks, including a group of the very best Academy Award winning short films, have more serious adult themes.

When not enjoying all the entertainment, you can buy a wide variety of food and beverage at several venues. And the free late night pancake supper is always popular.

The Finale of the evening takes place at midnight when everyone is invited to attend the raising of the New Year’s ball and a full fireworks show from St. Johnsbury Academy’s gym parking lot to welcome in the New Year.

You will want to peruse this program guide carefully to plan your entertainment strategy for New Year’s Eve, Wednesday, December 31, 2014. Even though it’s not humanly possible to “do it all,” you’ll want to take in as much as you can because it’s all good.

And it’s all yours with your First Night wristband. And for the first time ever we’re offering a 40% off Early Bird Special. Up to November 30, through Catamount Arts you can BUY an adult admission for only $12, and a student admission for only $8! After that, you can still get 25% off ($15, adult and $10, student) with an advance purchase before New Year’s Eve at any of our many outlets. A full price admission on December 31, the First Night Booth or at Catamount Arts is only $20 for adults and $13 for students. And preschoolers are always free!

But let me make a plug for helping the tradition of First Night continue. You can support our policy of keeping the festival affordable for everyone by buying sponsors’ souvenir blinking buttons. These commemoratives, available through Catamount Arts, go for $50 apiece, or two for $75, and $100 for three.

First Night volunteers who put in time working a shift checking buttons, etc. on New Year’s Eve get a free wristband. To volunteer or get other information about First Night St. Johnsbury go to www.firstnightstj.com or call Catamount Arts at 748-2600.

First Night’s happy collaboration with Catamount Arts is now in its fifth year. The professional management provided by directors Jody Fried and Jerry Aldredge, 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, allow me to be among the first of many First Nighters to wish you a Happy New Year!

Jay Sprout, President

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DON'T MISS NIBLE ARTS RUCKUS CIRCUS!

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KINGDOM ALL STARS

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TIM BRICK BAND

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ATLANTIC CROSSING BAND



CLICK HERE TO SEE PHOTOS FROM LAST YEAR'S EVENT

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Jay Sprout, President
First Night St. Johnsbury

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CONTACT INFO

First Night St. Johnsbury
P.O. Box 634
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819

info@firstnightstj.com

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SHUTTLE SERVICE

Transportation Provided
by
RCT

3:00pm - 2:00am

The First Night shuttle bus will run counterclockwise and the route will service every venue.

SHUTTLE ROUTE: 

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)