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Sunday, December 28, 2003

Westports First Night Set for New YearҒs Eve

If this year is anything like the past, there will be a last-minute surge in button sales for the 10th annual First Night Westport/Weston New Years celebration.

The fun gets underway Wednesday at 3 p.m. and runs to midnight with music, entertainment, dancing and more. This year Weston hosts performers as well.

Organizers say they have sold about 1,000 buttons in advance and need about 4,000 to make the event a financial success. Last-minute sales are the norm, according to Denise Torv, executive director.

There will be a circus, face-painting, a European pantomime artist, a Battle of the Bands, opera and cabaret music, jazz and blues, a comedy show at Town Hall, a Talent-Fest at the Westport Historical Society and dancing—everything from traditional Irish to zydeco and flamenco.

There will be reggae and world music drumming, a warming fire on Jesup Green and fireworks at midnight. Food will be available on Jesup Green, Saugatuck Elementary School and Saugatuck Congregational Church and Christ & Holy Trinity Church.

Performers will include John Whelan and Friends at 8 p.m. at the Westport/Weston YMCA; The Chris Coogan Quintet and the Good News Gospel Choir at 6:30 p.m. at the Seabury Center, 45 Church Lane, Cirque du Jour and many others.

Some highlights include “The Magic of Illusionist David Garrity” at Weston High School at 3 and 5 p.m.; Elm City Improv will be performing at the Seabury Center at 10 and 11 p.m.; rock group The Key Ingredients will be at the Westport Woman’s Club at 8 p.m.; and storyteller Lot Therrio will be in the McManus Room of the Westport Public Library in the early afternoon.

The folk group Modern Man will be in the Town Hall Auditorium at 8 p.m. and Scarlett Moore and the Scarlett Blue Band will be in the Seabury Center at 4 p.m.

Also, The Bearcats will be playing the Hoskins Room of the Saugatuck Congregational Church at 7:30 p.m. and The Stump Jumpers Bluegrass Band will be playing in the cafeteria of the Saugatuck Elementary School from 5:45 to 9:45 p.m.

First Night buttons are $15. For details, schedule and places to buy buttons, visit the First Night Web site or call 454-6699.

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