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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Westport Weston First Night Activities

Venue #1 Westport Town Hall

“TRASHIN’ FASHION” FASHION SHOW
3-5 p.m.

“Trashin’ Fashion” Fashion Show aims to provide its participants with the chance to design and create costumes out of recycled, inorganic and organic materials. It’s an opportunity to make something wonderful from those things that are left over, and usually thrown away. Creatively conceived and executed apparel will be unleashed on the exclusive Westport fashion scene. Directed by Daniel Lanzilotta and Irina Simeonova of Gibbs College http://www.gibbsnorwalk.edu assisted by Staples student Laura Berk. WestportNow.com Image
Button is Your Ticket:2006 First Night buttons are required for entry to all activities. They are on sale at the venues for $15. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Graphic by Miggs Burroughs

THE KEY INGREDIENTS

Auditorium, 7-7:45, p.m. 8-8:45 p.m.

Back by overwhelming popular demand, “The Key Ingredients” consist of A.J. Gundel, Scarlett Lee Moore, Suzanne Sheridan, and EdWard Thompson. If these names sound familiar, then you are obviously a music fan who lives in Fairfield County. Individually these musicians have made solid solo careers for themselves but have come together to give their unique sound to a repertoire that includes folk, gospel, and blues music. Their powerful blending of three-part harmonies will have you yelling for more.

THE LEGENDS OF VAUDEVILLE

Auditorium, 9:15-10 p.m., 10:15-11 p.m.

A rollicking romp of a show that brings back your favorite comedy stars from the golden age of classic Vaudeville – Jimmy Durante, Al Jolson, Abbott and Costello, The Marx Brothers. http://www.legendsofvaudeville.com

Venue #2 Westport Historical Society

THE HOSPITALITY SWEET SUITE

5-11 p.m.

For all sponsors and volunteers, the beautiful Westport Historical Society Octagonal Room will be open for you to enjoy, relax, and be thanked for your generosity and big spirit.

Venue #3 Christ And Holy Trinity Church

KIDS FAIR

Parish Hall, 3-6 p.m.

BINGO!!

Parish Hall, 7-11 p.m.

The fun continues with Bingo from 7 to 11 – Prizes galore. Bingo caller Dan Kelly will keep you smiling all night.

Venue #4 Seabury Center

GOOD NEWS GOSPEL CHOIR

5-6 p.m.

The Good News Gospel Choir is a community choir, drawing members from all over Fairfield County. The choir is non-denominational and has been together under the direction of Chris Coogan since 1993. Come ready to clap and feel the music. The Good News Gospel Choir will transport you to a place where you feel good and your spirit soars. http://www.cooganmusic.com

WESTON HIGH IMPROV

7-8 p.m.

Weston High School’s awesomely gifted group of improvisational actors will keep you cheering and laughing. Not to be missed.

BEN FAST

8-8:15 p.m., 9-9:15 p.m., 10-10:15 p.m.

Stand-up comedian Ben Fast of Greenwich will be the opening act for Danny Tressler and Chris Coogan Jazz.

DANNY TRESSLER

8:15-9 p.m., 9:15-10 p.m.

An inspired electric violinist who plays in all genres and creates his own instrument, you will be (as one First Nighter was last year) transformed by his artistry. http://www.dantressler.com

CHRIS COOGAN JAZZ

10:15-11 p.m., 11:15 p.m. - midnight

The best way to ring in the New Year is in the company of jazz great, Chris Coogan. Fairfield County’s favorite jazz son is back home at the Seabury Center. Joy, joy, unspeakable joy!! http://www.cooganmusic.com

Venue #5 Saugatuck Congregational Church

MODERN MAN

Hoskins Room, 8-11 p.m.

A cross between Crosby, Stills, and Nash and the Marx Brothers, David Buskin, Rob Carlson, and George Wurzbach are going to take you from ESPN to the FBI with a vocal blend that has not been heard since Ella and F.Scott Fitzgerald went their separate ways. Lucky you if you can catch this show. http://www.moderman3.com

Venue #6 Webster Bank

MICHAEL BRAM AND COMPANY

7-9 p.m.

Michael Bram is at home in any musical setting. Tonight he turns Webster Bank into a fun and swingin’ blues and jazz room. Michael has released his debut CD, “Leroy”, which showcases his talents as a blues singer and harp player, as well as a jazz singer and drummer.

Venue #7 Westport Senior Center

YESTERYEAR

3–3:45 p.m.

This Bridgeport-based vocal group performs in the style of the 50’s & 60’s and takes pride in presenting your favorite “oldies” with their own distinctive sound while preserving this pure form of vocal entertainment, acappella harmony. http://www.geocities.com/yesteryearonline

SIMON SEZ

4-4:45 p.m., 5-5:45 p.m., 6-6:30 p.m.

Steve Max’s Comedy “Simon Sez” Show is one of the funniest and most interactive programs you’re bound to encounter. The fun never stops as EVERY audience member participates and tries to keep up with the ‘master’ of this classic game. Steve is officially a tradition as he celebrates his 10th appearance in 12 years with First Night Westport/Weston. “Simon Sez….see you in Westport on New Year’s Eve!!!” http://www.SteveMax.com

“IT’S A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING”

7–7:45 p.m., 8–8:45 p.m.

A concert featuring the music from the glorious musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein performed by the incomparably beautiful voices of Hernando Orjuela and Evelyn Villanueva.

THE SCARLETT LEE MOORE BAND

9:30 p.m. to midnight

Dance into 2006 with the deliciously wonderful Scarlett Lee Moore, voted 2005’s Number 1 Blues Vocalist in the “Grand Band Slam” of the Fairfield County Weekly. http://www.dougwahlberg.com, http://www.scarlettfever.com

Venue #8 Westport Public Library

ALAN KATZ and his SILLY DILLY SONGS

McManus Room 3–3:30 p.m., 4-4:30 p.m., 5-5:30 p.m.

Weston songwriter, comedy writer, and children’s book author par excellence, Alan Katz, turns your favorite songs upside down and creates nonsense songs kids will love. http://www.simonsayskids.com. Joined in song by Suzanne Sheridan, http://www.suzannesheridan.com

FIRST NIGHT FILM FESTIVAL

McManus Room 7-11:30 p.m.

This is the second annual First Night Film Festival produced by Staples High School students Wil Berk, Alix Bregman, and Kenny Gordon, and Hopkins student Brian Mayer. The First Night Film Festival features the films of young student filmmakers from Fairfield County. Awards will be given in the areas of story, cinematography, performance, and overall best. Come support the future filmmakers of America.www.firstnightfilmfest.com

Venue #9 Toquet Hall

WESTON HIGH IMPROV

5-6 p.m.

Weston High School’s awesomely gifted group of improvisational actors will keep you cheering and laughing. Not to be missed.

BATTLE OF THE BANDS

7-10 p.m.

Hang out with friends and vote for your favorite band as they compete in a musically charged evening at Toquet Hall. A cool musical place especially designed for teens. The winner will be given a paid gig at First Night Westport/Weston 2007.

PROPHETS OF FUNK

10 p.m. - midnight

Winners of “Battle of the Bands 2005”, “Prophets of Funk” are back to show you why they won. You chose them and they are back to wow you.

Venue #10 Westport Weston Family Y

AGOSTINO TRANSFORMATIONAL FACE PAINTERS

Upper Gym, 3–6:30 p.m.

Transformational Face Painting returns to First Night. Let them transform you with a mask-like face painting inspired by images from nature and cultures around the world. Become a tiger or a shark or a totem-pole. Children ages 3 and up (including adults) are invited to this adventure. Their safe and comfortable theatre make-up washes off with soap and water.

An extra charge of $3 per face applies. http://www.agostinoarts.com

LUCKY BOB

Upper Gym, 3–6 p.m.

This funny and magical juggler will have you laughing and happy while you wait to get your face painted. Lucky Bob is a lucky thing for all the kids. http://www.luckyshow.net

ALLEGRA FARM, HORSE AND CARRIAGE RIDE

5-9 p.m., All carriages load in front of the YMCA,

Hop on board outside the YMCA and take a step back into a bygone era. Enjoy the sights and sounds that only an authentic carriage ride can offer.

Sponsored by Westport Young Women’s League, http://www.wywl.com

WEBE 108 LIVE DISCO DANCE!

7 p.m.– midnight

Fairfield County’s most popular radio station is back again for First Night 2006 broadcasting live from downtown Westport in the YMCA and playing the best dance music ever. Dance live, listen live, and be alive. WEBE 108 provides all the music you want to hear and dance to on New Year’s Eve. http://www.webe108.com

Venue #11 Saugatuck Elementary School

CREATIVE CASTLE

Gym, 3–6 p.m.

Hands on Art Projects for kids 18 months to 8 years. Back for their third consecutive year, Creative Castle is a great destination for all the kids. http://www.creativecastle.net

THE ALL-DAY CIRCUS featuring CIRCUS MAGIC with Jason Pipitone, Samantha Feller, and Jeff Chase plus THE ODDFELLOWS TRAVELING CIRCUS

Theater, 3–6 p.m.

CIRCUS MAGIC is a high energy magic juggling show and fun for the whole family; THE ODDFELLOWS TRAVELING CIRCUS, the touring arm of the seventeen year old Children’s Circus of Middletown, CT, will present a theatrical circus experience with unicycling, acrobatics, contortion, and slapstick.

THE STUMP JUMPERS BLUE GRASS BAND

Cafeteria, 3–6 p.m.

Based in Southern Connecticut, The Stump Jumpers are back for their third year at First Night Westport/Weston. They are a bluegrass super-group, perform bluegrass and acoustic music Former members of Plexiglass (New Haven Advocate reader’s poll winners in 1985 and 1986) Dick Neal, and Chris Teskey are joined by Steve Combs on upright bass, and fiddler/vocalist Liam Bailey. A Stump Jumpers show consists of original compositions and songs from the repertoire of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, the Beatles, and Peter Rowan among others. http://www.hoesite.com

AGOSTINO TRANSFORMATIONAL FACE PAINTERS

Cafeteria, 3–6:30 p.m.

Transformational Face Painting returns to First Night. Let them transform you with a mask-like face painting inspired by images from nature and cultures around the world. Become a tiger or a shark or a totem-pole. Children ages 3 and up (including adults) are invited to this adventure. Their safe and comfortable theatre make-up washes off with soap and water.

An extra charge of $3 per face applies. http://www.agostinoarts.com

BREAK!! THE URBAN FUNK SPECTACULAR!!

Auditorium, 7–7:40 p.m., 8-8:40 p.m.

BREAK! The Urban Funk Spectacular traces the history of Hip Hop Dancing over the last thirty years. It is a tribute to this American urban art form. Cast members are supremely talented artists from the world of “Breakdancing”, “Locking”, “Electric Boogaloo” or “Popping,” Power Tumbling, as well as DJ-ing and Bucket Drumming. Many have been featured soloists in performances with such show-business legends as Madonna, Janet Jackson, B2K, 50 Cents, Ringo Star, Whitney Houston, Puff Daddy and Luther Vandross.

BREAK! - based in New York City - has received standing ovations across five continents for its sensational show.
http://www.breakshow.com

Venue #12 Save The Children

MIKE VALENTINE, CARICATURIST

3–6 p.m. and 7–9 p.m.

First Night’s favorite Caricaturist, Mike Valentine, makes his annual appearance. Have caricatures done of yourself and your family members by this former Disney artist. Great fun!! No extra charge.

PAT MASON, ANIMAL CARTOON ARTIST

3–6 p.m.

Cartoon critters to go! Pat will create spontaneous animal cartoon drawings for kids. Children love to watch imaginary creatures come to life in Pat’s artwork. She will create your own personal favorite. Watch your children’s faces find laughter and joy from a sketchpad and pen.

JEFF MCQUILLAN and RICHARD HILL

3–3:45 p.m.

Storytelling of traditional folktales with drumming and audience participation

4–4:45 p.m. and 5–5:45 p.m.

African drumming, hands-on group activity. Learn traditional drum rhythms, songs and drum language

7–7:45 p.m. and 8–8:45 p.m.

Salsa Dancing!! Learn the basic steps and turns of Cuban salsa and how the movements relate directly to the conga drum and bass. Live and taped music.

Presented in part by a grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism http://www.cultureandtourism.org

Creative Connections Art Exhibit

ALL DAY

Creative Connections is a non-profit international cultural exchange organization that sets up class-to-class exchanges between American schools and their counterparts in many countries. The paintings you see exhibited in this showing have been collected from young artists all over the world. http://www.creativeconnections.org

Venue #13 Bobby Q’s Bbq Restaurant

RIVER CITY SLIM AND THE ZYDECO HOGS

10 p.m. - midnight

River City Slim & the Zydeco Hogs bring the exuberant sounds of the steamy bayous of Louisiana to Westport where they’ll cook up a spicy musical gumbo for you to enjoy and dance to while hunkering down with some great BBQ ribs at Bobby Q’s! http://www.geocities.com/rivercityslim

Plus:

Children’s fireworks at 6:30 p.m. – over the Saugatuck River

Bubble pop hop on Taylor Place – following the early Fireworks sponsored
by Sealed Air Corp. (http://www.sealedair.com)

Horse drawn carriage rides at the Westport Weston Family Y – 5-9 p.m , sponsored by Westport Young Woman’s League http://www.wywl.org

Giant bonfire on Jesup Green

Trash sculpture garden on Jesup Green

Midnight fireworks

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