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Essential Guide to First Night Morris 2012

Check out our interactive map, and download printable guides.

First Night Morris County is almost upon us. Organizers have lined up dozens of entertainment opportunities at about 20 venues throughout Morristown for the family-friendly, no-alcohol, town-wide celebration of the new year.

Patch offers you this interactive guide to the festivities, which are expected to draw somewhere around 10,000 participants from around Morris County and beyond. Click on locations through the map above to see what's going on. Descriptions on the map (also reflected below) are courtesy of First Night organizers.

You might want to give it a look ahead of time to plan your night, and check back from your mobile phone on New Year's Eve as you dash around town. (Note to mobile users: If you can't see all the features on this post, click here to load the full desktop version of this page).

We're also including printable PDFs of the full First Night program, the schedule, and the map—so you might want to keep those handy if you won't have an electronic device to check out on the big night (those printable guides also come courtesy of organizers). For even more information directly from First Night organizers, see their website.

And come back to Patch on New Year's Eve: Even if you're out and about, hit us up on your phone or tablet. .

Here's what's in store. Festivities begin around 7 p.m. on Dec. 31, and wrap up with fireworkds on the Green. (Also, , a chance to get meal specials throughout town, or to the .)

1.  — Auxiliary Gym

  • Let's Get Wild with Rizzo's Reptiles (7:15 to 8 p.m. & 8:15 to 9 p.m.): Ever wondered what a blue-tongued skink looked like? Or what it felt like to wear a frog? Rizzo's Reptiles New Jersey brings people of all ages together to appreciate and learn about our natural world through reptile and live animal presentations. Here is a delightful opportunity to meet live lizards, snakes, frogs, turtles, and mammals - under the watchful eye of a seasoned animal handler. The love of wildlife is universal and hands-on participation is the greatest teacher. Experience the wonder and joy that nature has to offer.
  • Benjamin Lipman, Illusionist (9:45 to 10:30 p.m. & 10:45 to 11:30 p.m.): A longstanding crowd favorite, Benjamin combines juggling, magic, mime, and circus arts from around the world giving vaudeville entertainment a modern attitude. In the show Comedy Cascade, Benjamin performs mesmerizing daring tricks while the audience becomes part of the show captivating crowds of all ages.

2.  — Upper Atrium

  • Children's Fun Festival (7:30 to 11 p.m.): Watch the juggler defy gravity. Wear a hat made of balloons or take home a balloon "dog." Meet a magician or costumed characters from children's classics, get your face painted with butterflies, or visit with the beloved Cow Lady. These wonderful "street performers" will be based in the High School Atrium (upstairs entry) but you may encounter them around the school this night. Children of all ages should come and join the fun!

3.  — Auditorium

  • Nai Ni Chen Dance Comany (7:15 to 8 p.m. & 8:15 to 9 p.m.): Color, energy and motion, "like endlessly proliferating forces of cosmic energy," says the NY Times. The dances of Nai-Ni Chen fuse the dynamic freedom of American modern dance with the grace and splendor of Asian art. The Company's productions take the audience beyond cultural boundaries to where tradition meets innovation and freedom arises from discipline. This internationally renowned company has received 12 distinctive awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and numerous awards from the NJ State Council on the Arts for its outstanding work, blending the discipline of Chinese classical movement with the freedom of American modern dance.
  • Rio Clemente Jazz Piano Trio (9:45 to 10:30 p.m. & 10:45 to 11:30 p.m.): A consummate jazz musician who has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and NJPAC, Rio holds his audiences spellbound with the sheer brilliance of his improvisations. As composer and pianist on the title track of Miss Amy's CD, My Precious One, Rio shared in the spotlight of its 2006 Grammy nomination! Jam with the acclaimed jazz pianist and friends, as they captivate the audience with their own special blend of jazz standards and original tunes.

4.  — Main Gym

  • Harlem Wizards Duo (7:15 to 8 p.m. & 8:15 to 9 p.m.): One of the greatest basketball show-teams ever to "lace it up and let 'em fly," the Wizards offer a rare combination of individual athleticism, teamwork, entertainment and community involvement. With some of the top basketball talent in the world, the Harlem Wizards have played over 6,000 games and thrilled millions of fans in the USA and abroad. So bring your sneakers and join a duo of players from the Wizards on the court for an unforgettable First Night experience.
  • Los Ciegos Del Barrio (9:45 to 10:30 p.m. & 10:45 to 11:30 p.m.): Be sure to bring your dancing shoes! Featuring keyboard, Latin percussion and voice, the NYCbased Los Ciegos del Barrio ("the Blind Boys of the Neighborhood") – most of whom are legally blind, perform merengue, bachata, salsa, cumbia, reggaeton and rock in both English and Spanish. They have enjoyed major hits, including a #1 hit on the former MP3.com website. In 2007, Los Ciegos Del Barrio's tracks were featured on "Sound in Sight Volume 1" a compilation sponsored by the National Federation of the Blind which features different blind artists from around the USA.

5.  — Cafeteria

  • Battle of the Bands (7:15 to 8 p.m., 8:15 to 9 p.m., 9:45 to 10:30 p.m, and 10:45 to 11:30 p.m.): New to First Night Morris County is Battle of the Bands. Battle of the Bands is designed to offer talented amateur performers the opportunity to gain exposure by performing at New Jersey's Premier New Year's Eve Celebration. Starting in November, bands will have the opportunity to perform prior to First Night at Greenberry's of Morristown, where they will demonstrate their talents. Only the top bands will have the opportunity to perform at First Night, with the winning band receiving a $250 scholarship to help further its development. All votes will be collected prior to First Night through the First Night web site and social media sites.

6. 

  • The New Philharmonic of New Jersey (7:30 to 8:15 p.m. & 8:30 to 9:15 p.m.): Join Conductor Leon Hyman and The New Philharmonic of New Jersey for a concert to ring in the New Year in style! Celebrating their 35th season, The New Philharmonic will present a program of classical and holiday favorites. Celebrate with The New Philharmonic and start the year with joy!
  • Gospel Ways (9:45 to 10:30 p.m., 10:45 to 11:30 p.m.): Based in Somerset, NJ, this "old style" and highly authentic Gospel group has repeatedly performed at the New Jersey Folk Festival and anchored many gospel concerts throughout the state. Known for its full and heavily instrumental sound, the Gospel Ways was organized in December of 1992 with three members. Typically there is a lead singer and backup singers. Today, there are nine regular members plus additional musicians from time to time. Willye Mae Lee, the leader of the group, is a well-respected authority on gospel music. So, start the New Year right and let GospelWays' powerful sound move your spirit.

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  • The Early Music Players (7:15 to 8 p.m. & 8:15 to 9 p.m.): From European castles and courts to commoners portrayed by Sephardic Jews and Shakespeare, this concert features lively and colorful music from a time of transition and change. The Early Music Players perform in costume with reproductions of historical instruments, such as the vielle, rebec, viola da gamba, recorder, krumhorn, gemshorn, early flutes and percussion. A feast for the eyes and ears! This talented group has been featured on WNET/Channel 13, on NJN's "State of the Arts" and has recorded for Macmillan / McGraw-Hill educational recordings. 
  • Sweet Plantain Quartet (9:45 to 10:30 p.m. & 10:45 to 11:30 p.m.): "…this virtuoso quartet brings a freshness and inventiveness to every note they play..I was simply blown away."- Stuart Malina 2007 Tony Award-winning conductor. They've toured Russia, collaborated with Grammy award-winning composer Ryuishi Sakamoto, performed with the likes of John Fadis, Tito Puente, Marc Anthony, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, and Smokey Robinson, among others, and trained at top conservatories. Artfully fusing the Western classical traditions in which they were trained with the hip hop, jazz improv, and Latin rhythms on which they were raised, these virtuoso musicians (from NY, NJ and South America) are at once contemporary, urbane, multicultural and truly fascinating.

8. 

  • The Peter Smith School of Irish Dance (7 to 7:30 p.m., 7:45 to 8:15 p.m & 8:30 to 9 p.m.): The Peter Smith School of Irish Dance has trained thousands of dancers in its 50-year history claiming several World, All-Ireland, and North American Championship titles. Several of the Peter Smith dancers have performed in Riverdance and Lord of the Dance and at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Town Hall (NY); NJPAC; PNC Arts Center; The Strand Theatre; Glasgow Royal Concert Hall; and Ireland's National Event Center. Classes are offered for beginner through championship levels throughout New Jersey. Open to all children ages 4 and up.
  • Mr. Fish and The Science of Magic (10:45 to 11:30 p.m.): John James Lepiarz, a.k.a. Mr. Fish, is a longtime, internationally known professional circus performer, who toured for 7 years with the Big Apple Circus and appeared on HBO's "Great Circus Performances of the World." The Science of Magic demonstrates how to use science to perform familiar magic tricks. This show uses mirrors, magnets, mathematics, air, optical illusions, and mental confusions to show the audience tricks that they can do themselves. A humorous and exciting performance for all ages!

  • The Gizmo Guys (7 to 7:45 p.m. & 8:15 to 9 p.m.): Performing as the Gizmo Guys, Allan Jacobs and Barrett Felker have amazed and amused audiences around the world. They work in a great variety of venues including theaters, corporate functions of all types, cruise ships.... you name it, they've done it. Sure, they've made numerous television appearances, won international juggling competitions, and taught at top circus schools. But what makes their act so appealing is their uniquely winning combination of dazzling technique and infectious humor. The Gizmo Guys' rapid-fire act exhilarates and inspires sidesplitting laughter in audience members of all ages. 
  • The Glimmer Twins Rolling Stone Tribute Band (9:45 to 10:30 p.m. and 10:45 to 11:30 p.m.): Re-experience the raw energy and electrifying performances of the iconic Rolling Stones, in their prime. Featuring band members who performed with Chuck Berry, Bobby Rydel, and Little Anthony, among others, The Glimmer Twins recreate – with uncanny accuracy – the musical and visual experience of the Stones in their prime. Featuring the striking resemblance of Keith Call to Mick Jagger & and Bernie Bollendorf to Keith Richards – and the outstanding p.8 musicianship of Michael Rubino, Chris Bollendorf, Rob Ecksted , Mike Dancik, Bobby Michaels and Valorie Steel, The Glimmer Twins are truly a cut above other Stones' tribute bands on the circuit today.

9.  — Second Floor Lobby:

  • Art Upstairs (all night): Featuring works by artists of the Millburn Short Hills Art Center.

  • Harmonium Choral Society (7 to 7:45 p.m. & 8 to 8:15 to 9 p.m.): Winner of the prestigious Chorus America's 2009 Education Outreach Award, this premier vocal ensemble celebrates its 32nd anniversary season this year. Under the inspired direction of Dr. p.10 Anne Matlack, Harmonium will present a program of carols and lullabies from around the world including Russian, Filipino, Yiddish, Spanish, and a crazy version of Jingle Bells! 
  • Chelsea Friedlander (9:45 to 10:30 p.m. & 10:45 to 11:30 p.m.): Don't miss this exceptional, prize-winning young soprano. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, she apprenticed with the Opera in the Ozarks, won numerous awards (including the Arts Council's Coladarci Scholarship), performed with Ridge Light Opera of NJ and is currently completing her Masters of Music at Manhattan School of Music. In a unique duo, she will perform with her mother, Helene, who holds a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, has a private piano studio and is the Director of Education at The Piano Workshop at Chester, NJ.

10.  — Parish House

  • Meet the Musicians (Ragtime Piano) (7:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. & 8:15 to 9 p.m.): Travel back to the dawn of the 20th century with actor, pianist and storyteller, Dennis Kobray who brings Scott Joplin's complex, joyous music to life. A pioneering African American composer and pianist, Joplin developed ragtime, whose syncopated rhythms set against a steady beat became one of the main roots of jazz. The classically trained Joplin envisioned blending ragtime with European classical musical forms. He composed operas, marches and waltzes and nearly 60 ragtime works such as The Maple Leaf Rag (first piece to sell 1 million copies of sheet music) and The Entertainer which remain popular today.
  • Mother Nature: A Hip-Hop Musical (9:45 to 11:05 p.m. — One performance only): Written by Hip Hop playwright and ARTS! By the People teaching artist, Gustav Gauntlett, (with special guest, Joey Gatto, Morristown Beat Boxer and Actor), this original 80-minute musical (with audience participation) is written entirely in rhyme and presents the story of an urban neighborhood on the brink of a drastic facelift. As Mother Nature does her best to keep everyone working together, she faces harsh challenges both from local villains and government outsiders. The talented cast of 8 makes this musical like no other. The show will be enjoyed by all ages and cultures.

11. Masonic Lodge — Upstairs

  • Dan Trumen (7:15 to 8 p.m. & 8:15 to 9 p.m.): Enjoy this rare opportunity to hear the distinctive Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, played by a Princeton professor, composer, performer and recipient of Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundation grants! Dan Trueman performs on fiddle and laptop computer with multiple ensembles, including the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk),-which he founded and directs – Trollstilt, Sideband, and interface. He has worked with the Brentano and Daedelus String Quartets, the American Composers Orchestra and a variety of other contemporary ensembles. As a fiddler, he performs at folk festivals across the US as well as in Norway and Ireland. Upcoming projects include works for steel drum and for Irish fiddle! 
  • Melanie Mitrano (9:45 to 10:30 p.m. & 10:45 to 11:30 p.m.):Sometimes likened to the American blues for its ability to capture life's hardships with songs of bittersweet nostalgia and longing, Fado is the traditional folk music of Portugal, known for its exquisite and mysterious beauty. Singer/songwriter Melanie Mitrano, an "American Fadista," holds a DMA and MM from the New England Conservatory and a BM from Eastman School of Music. Her vocal and compositional styles span seven languages and many genres, including traditional Fado, which she performs alongside her own original Portuguese-language compositions - with her stellar Fado Quartet of José Luis Iglésias (Portuguese guitar), Meliset Abreu (classical guitar) and Dave Rimelis (violin/mandolin).

12. Masonic Lodge — Downstairs

  • Warming Station (all night)

13. Masonic Lodge — Downstairs

  • Transformations Face Painting (7 to 9 p.m.): At a Transformations event every face is a surprise -- every face is a unique work of art. Transformations Facepainting is the ultimate in participatory performance art in which each person we paint becomes the show. Children, teens and adults are transformed into animals, fantastic creatures and mask designs inspired by cultures from around the world. Each person we paint becomes a living work of art. A world of faces comes to life. You will be amazed. For adults and children age 3 and up. The safe, comfortable theater make-up washes off with soap and water. Come and be transformed!

14. 

  • Frank Vignola Duo with Bucky Pizzarelli (7:15 to 8 p.m. & 8:15 to 9 p.m.): What more could a jazz guitar fan want? Special guest, jazz legend and Hall-of-Famer, Bucky Pizzarelli - who has performed with Doc Severinsen (The Tonight Show), Les Paul, Benny Goodman and at the White House for multiple presidents - joins guitar wizard Frank Vignola (and Vinny Raniolo) for a night of jazz magic. Vignola has toured/recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Lionel Hampton, Queen Latifah, Ringo Starr, Madonna, Mark O'Connor, and Les Paul, playing 250 shows in 11 countries last year alone. With "monster" technique, sly humor and astonishing musicianship, Vignola and friends are a jazz connoisseur's delight. 
  • Laryssa Krupa and Nova Chamber Ensemble (9:45 to 10:30 p.m. and 10:45 to 11:30 p.m.): A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory where she studied with Leon Fleisher and Fernando Laires, world-class pianist Laryssa Krupa (widow of piano virtuoso Alexander Slobodyanik) has performed with orchestras, in solo recitals and chamber ensembles - throughout North America and Europe. As audiences here and abroad have discovered, Krupa brings rare artistry, exceptional polish and great power to her performances. At First Night, she will present a fascinating program of elegant and exciting piano chamber music with her colleagues on cello and clarinet in the Nova Chamber Ensemble.

15. 

  • Solid Brass Light (7 to 7:30 p.m., 7:45 to 8:15 p.m., 8:30 to 9 p.m.): A sextet from the one of premier brass groups in the country, Solid Brass Lite includes some of the area's finest musicians, who have performed at Lincoln Center (with the Metropolitan Opera, the NYC Opera, the NYC Ballet) as well as on Broadway. Solid Brass has recorded, toured internationally, appeared on PBS-TV and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Welcome the New Year with this one-of-a-kind, critically acclaimed brass ensemble as they perform music spanning 6 centuries, from the Medieval to the Beach Boys (and everything in between). A First Night favorite! 
  • Broadway Sings! (9:45 to 10:30 p.m.): Bringing the Great White Way to Morristown, Broadway Sings! brings actual stars of Broadway shows and national touring companies right to Morristown! Featuring Charles Bergell, who starred as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables on Broadway and other colleagues from leading Broadway shows, Broadway Sings! bring these fabulous voices and their unforgettable songs from top Broadway hits right to the stage. One you don't want to miss.

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  • Silk City with Mary Olive Smith (7:15 to 8 p.m. & 8:15 to 9 p.m.): Silk City's sound is as unique as their repertoire. Mandolin, guitar, bass and vocals perform hard-driving bluegrass along with a wide variety of other styles which enrapture acoustic music lovers. Barry Mitterhoff's stellar mandolin stylings, Danny Weiss' heartfelt guitar and vocals, Larry Cohen's propulsive bass and the North Carolina "roots" sound of Mary Olive's vocals combine with infectious energy. Get ready for good times with Silk City's great tunes, hot picking, dynamic vocals and an irresistible mix of bluegrass and rockin' Honky Tonk, Roots/ County and Western Swing. 
  • The Cobra Brothers (9:45 to 10:30 p.m. & 10:45 to 11:30 p.m.): The Cobra Brothers band is a gutsy, full-throated group showcasing Delta (country) blues, Chicago blues, and easily handling a touch of funk, R&B, rock, country, jazz along the way. Its raw voiced vocals and wailing harmonica riffs have won the Cobra Brothers acclaim at blues festivals throughout the tri-state area. Paying musical homage to such blues legends as Lou Rawls, Muddy Waters, B. B. King, Paul Butterfield, Big Joe Turner, among others, the Cobra Brothers have performed at The Bitter End, The Stone Pony, Watchung Arts Center and were finalists at the 2009 JSJBF-sponsored Division of The International Blues Challenges.

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  • Chuck Marti (Comic) (7:15 to 8 p.m. & 8:15 to 9 p.m.): Based in NYC, a member of AEA & SAG, Chuck is the winner of The Actor's Project 2010 Monologue Challenge. With lengthy theatre credits, Chuck has also performed in film (A Level Field, Koreagate) and on TV in Cosby Murder Mysteries, Working Girl, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. He is probably the only New York actor who has not appeared on Law and Order. A proud and disturbed member of Actors' Equity since 1998, he can be seen performing stand-up comedy around Manhattan at Gotham Comedy Club, Don't Tell Mama, Stand-Up New York, and The Duplex.
  • Mike Agranoff (9:45 to 10:30 p.m. & 10:45 to 11:30 p.m.):Defying categorization, Mike amasses stalwart fans among folk aficionados of all persuasions. His material encompasses traditional ballads, fiddle tunes, Tin Pan Alley, contemporaries in the Folk World, and his own witty pen - all delivered with a skilled hand on guitar, piano, and concertina, an almost telepathic transmittal of the essence of the song, and a sly twinkle in the eye in anticipation of some of the most horrible parodies ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting audience. A signature feature of Mike's performances is his inclusion of some heart-stopping spoken word pieces, unforgettable stories that rivet the listener.

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  • Don Braden/Karl Latham's Big Funk (7:15 to 8 p.m. & 8:15 to 9 p.m.): Led by internationally renowned musicians, saxophonist/composer Don Braden (www.donbraden.com) - who has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Tony Williams, Ron Carter and is composer for the Cosby Show - and drummer Karl Latham (www.karllatham.com) – who has performed with Johannes Mossinger, Mark Egan, Bernie Worrell and the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars, Big Funk is a hard-hitting groove/jazz/soul "Jam Band" that will get you moving one way or another. Formed with acclaimed keyboardist/vocalist and actor Nick Rolfe and Gary Foote, the group explores new territories in jazz and funk featuring original compositions and arrangements of classics from the Beatles to Beyoncé. 
  • Mauricio de Souza and Bossa Brazil (9:45 to 10:30 p.m. & 10:45 to 11:30 p.m.): Maurício de Souza and Bossa Brasil®, with their unique, exciting, and sophisticated arrangements, cover a wide array of Brazilian jazz standards including the music of Tom Jobim and Hermeto Pascoal, and Egberto Gismonti, among others. Their 2010 album, Here.There, has received widespread critical acclaim – featured on WBGO, and voted the #1 jazz album by WWPV FM. On Jazz Week for three weeks, it was also reviewed by Jazz Times Magazine, All About Jazz NY, Jazz Inside Magazine, and All About Jazz (online), is in Pandora's music library and was voted among the top 30 jazz albums by Music Choice.

19.  — Atrium Gallery (Floors 2 to 5)

  • Fall/Winter 2011 Exhibit, featuring 200 works by 39 artists, including:
    5th Floor: Isabella Pizzano; Theodosia A.G. Tamborlane
    4th Floor: 8 artists
    3rd Floor: Dawn Benko and Danielle Austen
    2nd Floor: 19 artists, including Mark and Maria de Mos (watercolors, pasetls) and David Derr (surrealism)
    Open Stairwell Areas: John Tetz (feather pieces)

20.  — Freeholders' Meeting Room (5th Floor) 

  • The Mayhem Poets (7:15 to 8 p.m. & 8:15 to 9 p.m.): Dubbed "an amazing ride" by the NY Times, this theater-trained, comedically gifted trio blendhip hop, theatre, improv and stand-up comedy to tell gut-wrenching truths that leave audiencesforever changed. They've performed on The Today Show and Eyewitness News after winning 1st place and a grant for 100K in the Microsoft Idea Wins Challenge (2006). Since then, these astonishing verbal virtuosi have toured internationally and their latest CD, Reverse Birth, was hailed as one of the top spoken word CDs of 2007.
  • Moody McCarthy (Comic) (10:30 to 11 p.m. & 11:15 to 11:45 p.m.): If you missed him on Last Comic Standing, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Star Search (you did), come see Moody McCarthy live. Moody has distinguished himself with crafty material that's appropriate for all ages. Weaving sly jokes with a dash of crowd-work, his likeability shines in any setting. Moody McCarthy has been a stand-up comic for two millennia, pretty impressive for a guy under 1000 years old. Moody began his career in upstate NY in the 1900s and then moved to New York City and lived in his sister's basement, until she found out. Now he's above ground, and funnier than ever.

21.  — Room 536 (Fifth Floor)

  • Mark Levy: A World In Song (7:15 to 8 p.m. & 8:15 to 9 p.m.):A veteran folksinger who has appeared throughout the USA and Europe, Mark Levy delivers a song with such feeling and conviction that audiences are mesmerized. His programs feature folksongs in French, Spanish, Yiddish, Ladino, Hebrew, Russian, German and English on topics ranging from hope, resistance, the labor movement, immigration, to songs of many traditions & countries and environmental songs for a cleaner planet. His CD on Yiddish Work Songs garnered high praise from Philadelphia's WNWR Radio and a citation as a Top Ten CD of 2000. Of Mark's singing, folk legend Pete Seeger said, "Inspiring! I don't often hear someone with such a good voice and clear sense of direction."
  • World War II: Words and Music (9:45 to 10:30 p.m. & 10:45 to 11:30 p.m.): Traveling Literary Theater's presentation will move the spirit with true accounts from those who served during and lived through WWII. Men fought, loved, dreamed, and died all over the world. The words are authentic. The music pays tribute to the courage and soul of a great generation. Readings by James Dyne and Tom Worsdale, with vocals by Maggie Worsdale. (Appropriate for ages 14 and up).

22.  — Entrance Area

  • George Esparza: Phydeaux's Flying Flee Circus and Wahoo Medicine Show (7 to 9 p.m. & 9:45 to 11:45 p.m.): Step right up to the "Golden Age" of humbug and quackery. Hang onto your wallets and lend a skeptical ear when Flea Meister, George Esparza, is hot on the trail of "Pigeons" waiting to be plucked. This charlatan has been called many things by the "fleeced," (some less than kind). Those who have been taken in by his street corner flimflam, cheer the show as a highly entertaining combination of comedy, illusion and PT Barnum hyperbole. The show is good old fashion fun, complete with a genuine miniature circus and plenty of Snake-Oil for everyone. Honest!

23.  — Terrace Ballroom

  • Hanover Wind Symphony (7:15 to 8 p.m. & 8:15 to 9 p.m.):One of New Jersey's finest concert bands, the Hanover Wind Symphony delights audiences of all ages by giving a contemporary twist to traditional favorites Comprised exclusively of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments, the ensemble performs its unique "take" on Broadway show tunes, marches and classical adaptations. Its rousing music will get your feet tapping and leave you with familiar melodies to hum all evening.
  • The Dirty Birdies Jug Band (9:45 to 10:30 p.m. & 10:45 to 11:30 p.m.): Formed in 1965, the Dirdy Birdies drew on traditions of the 1920s itinerant Mississippi musicians whose music incorporated country blues, spirituals, and traditional folk, all delivered with a sense of whimsy. Often impoverished, these musicians made their own instruments out of washtubs, whiskey jugs, broom handles and such, giving rise to the name "jug band." For the past 46 years, The Dirdy Birdies have captivated audiences from London, England to Carlisle, PA, headlining at the National Jug Band Jubilee (Louisville KY) and, most recently, before screaming Harley owners at Bike Week (Laconia, NH). This is "good times music" at its best.

24. Fireworks Display on the Green

  • Fireworks run for 15 minutes, starting at about 9:15 p.m., and then again at midnight.
Irene Cramer December 22, 2011 at 12:26 PM
Please correct the wrong description for Mayhem Poets (it's currently the one for George Esparza).
Louis C. Hochman December 22, 2011 at 01:27 PM
Irene -- Thanks for the heads up. We've made the fix. We'll also notify the First Night folks, since the error is on their website too.
Dawn Sconfienza Gaita December 29, 2011 at 01:49 AM
How crowded were the kids events at the high school last year?
John Dunphy December 29, 2011 at 03:45 AM
We didn't get to all of them. But, what we did see, they were a little lighter in attendance than some of the more adult-themed events, but there was still a decent crowd.
Alex December 31, 2011 at 01:09 AM
where are tickets available to buy on the day/evening?

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