Worcester First Night 2014
Worcester First Night, the second oldest event of its kind in the nation (Boston is the first), will be exploding with talent and entertainment to ring in the New Year. The cultural nonprofit has been in need of financial support due to declining donations, but fortunately for everyone contributions have been coming in and the show will go on. First Night buttons can be had for $10 until December 25, $12 from December 26 to December 30, and $15 at the door on New Year’s Eve. Children 7 and under get in for free. Worcester City Hall, AAA, and The DCU Center Box Office are some of the multiple locations selling buttons.
So, what’s lined up in addition to face painting, pony rides, and a fantastic ice exhibition?
Here are some additional activities on hand.
- 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Visits to EcoTarium, Worcester Historical Museum, and Salisbury Mansion are free to everyone with First Night Buttons. Therefore, pack up the car and celebrate the coming New Year with the entire family.
- 3 P.M. to 5 P.M. Worcester Oval Common is offering free ice-skating from three to five to First Night button-holders. Hmm, if gliding freely on a most-impressive arena puts a smile on your face, then don’t forget your skates!
- 4 P.M. to 11 P.M.–(WAM). Industrial Sonic Echo will feature a creative presentation on the entry steps of Worcester Art Museum from 5 P.M. to 6:45 P.M. Worcester Bravehearts Baseball Team will be on hand for pictures from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. And, Polar Beverages will be handing out free samples at their table from four to eleven.
- 7 P.M. and 11 P.M. Polar Beverages is sponsoring two fireworks displays. Revelers can meet at WAM (Lancaster Street entrance) at seven o’clock for a procession through the city to the corner of Grove and Highland Streets, where the first fireworks extravaganza will then begin. A second fireworks presentation will commence around eleven.
The above is merely a sampling of the numerous activities scheduled for December 31. Impressively, about fifty performances at various locations will be available to please. In fact, singer-songwriter Ayla Brown, comedian Eric Dittelman, Alexander King Of Jesters, acoustic duo Neptune’s Car, guitar-driven Raging Grace, jazz combo Blue Champagne, comedy show Auto Body, and Greater Worcester Opera are some of the many talented artists scheduled to perform. For specifics regarding performance times and locations, go to http://www.firstnightworcester.org/
Worcester First Night? Don’t miss the fun (and have a blessed and Happy New Year!).