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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Celebrating the New Year Image
Crowds watched First Night fireworks tonight from the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center to celebrate the New Year. It was the 21st annual First Night event in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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The Video: First Night Fireworks

A portion of tonight’s First Night Westport Weston fireworks on the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center which ended festivities welcoming 2015. video


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Fireworks Selfie Image
A couple takes a First Night fireworks selfie tonight at the end of Westport First Night activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Saying Goodbye to 2014, Hello to 2015

Scenes from tonight’s 21st annual First Night Westport Weston. Dave Matlow, Larry Untermeyer, Bob Eckman, and J.C. Martin for and photos


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Warming Up the Crowd Image
A large bonfire on Westport’s Jesup Green tonight warmed up First Night crowds in 25-degree weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Lighting the Way Image
Darwin McMillen, 6, of Westport enjoys a lighted sword at tonight’s First Night activities in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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A First Night Ride in Style Image
A horse-drawn carriage makes its way down Westport’s Main Street tonight as First Night celebrants enjoyed a variety of New Year’s Eve activities for the 21st consecutive year. CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Lining Up in the Cold Image
Despite the 25-degree temperatures, crowds lined up tonight outside the shuttered Westport Weston Family Y for a chance to take a carriage ride around town as part of First Night activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Rocking at Toquet Hall Image
Westport’s Toquet Hall was packed with teens tonight as a series of bands played for the First Night audiences. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Dancing Under Hypnosis Image
Comic hypnotist Jim Spinnato put the spell on these volunteers and had them dancing at Westport Town Hall tonight as part of First Night activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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First Night Gig for Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Image
Westporter Mark Naftalin, keyboardist with the1960s blues favorites Paul Butterfield Blues Band named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two weeks ago, acknowledges applause tonight from a First Night audience at the Westport Historical Society. He and other band members will be inducted on April 18 when the induction ceremonies return to the Hall’s home of Cleveland. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Good News to Greet New Year Image
The Good News Gospel Choir and Chris Coogan performed for First Night audiences tonight at Christ & Holy Trinity Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Square Dancing They Can Bank On Image
TD Bank hosted square dancing tonight as part of Westport’s First Night activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Taking a First Night Spin Image
Willow Polaz, 3, of Stratford dances to the music of Washboard Slims and the Blue Lights at Saugatuck Elementary School tonight as part of First Night activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Showing Off Image
Leo Southam 9, (l) and brother Jasper, 8, of Shelton show off a caricature done by artist Mike Valentine of Bridgeport tonight as part of First Night activities at Saugatuck Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Volunteering Image
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe and wife Mary Ellen were among First Night volunteers tonight at Saugatuck Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Ellie Found a Forever Family

Ellie. Little Black Dog Rescue

Ellie has been adopted fromLittle Black Dog Rescue .  Ellie walks beautifully on a leash and is currently working with a trainer and coming out of her shell more and more each day.  She is sweet and loving with people and likes to be close. She would do best in a home with older kids and someone who likes getting out to walk her. Please contact Little Black Dog Rescue at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for other available dogs.


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It’s Magic Image
The Magic Genie keeps the audience enthralled at Saugatuck Elementary School tonight where there was a host of First Night activities for children.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for


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Christian Has A Home

Christian. Little Black Dog Rescue

Christian has been adopted. He is sweet, loving and sensitive and is an easy dog to have around. He knows how to sit and jump into the car and learns very quickly. He is extremely polite and can be shy at first but warms up quickly and gives lots of kisses. He is crate trained and loves being off-leash at the park and beach and will check-in with you often. He is about 1 1/2 years old and weighs about 40 pounds with long, lean legs! He is a very handsome boy.  To adopt Nicholas contact Little Black Dog Rescue at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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Tiger Dance Image
Delphine Nixon, 2 1/2, of Hollywood, Fla., who is visiting family in Westport, enjoys dancing tonight to the music of Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys as part of the First Night activities at Saugatuck Elementary School.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Nicholas Has a New Home

NicholasLittle Black Dog Rescue

Nicholas has been adopted! He literally smiles with excitement and loves to love his humans. Nicholas is awesome with every dog he meets; he just wants to play. He is goofy and bouncy and all lab! He knows how to sit and is working on learning not to jump up and give a heartfelt hug to everyone he meets and is ready for puppy kindergarten. He would be a great second dog or happy with an active family. Nicholas is about one year old but has puppy looks and energy!  Please contact Little Black Dog Rescue at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or through the website.


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Hustling Kettled Corn Image
Among those preparing today for Westport’s First Night was Fairfield resident Jeffrey Pressler, owner of J&D Kettled Corn. He said it was his ninth successive First Night selling his wares on Jesup Green.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Jackson was Adopted

Jackson. Little Black Dog Rescue

Jackson has been adopted.  He is calm and sweet and his foster mom loves him. She was so impressed by his manners when arriving at their home. Jackson is one year old, about 35 lbs and was adopted from the same shelter he was just dumped at (most likely because he isn’t a puppy anymore). He literally comes up to hug you and sits and gives his paw. Jackson will make the right family very happy!  Jackson found a home with the help of Little Black Dog Rescue.


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Actor Edward Herrmann Dies at 71 Image
Emmy Award-winning actor Edward Herrmann, shown following his Nov. 10 script in hand performance at the Westport Country Playhouse, died Wednesday in New York of brain cancer. He was 71. In the Playhouse reading of the play “Trying,” Herrmann played the role of a dying Francis Biddle, U.S. attorney general under Franklin D. Roosevelt. He is pictured with (l-r) Anne Keefe, director of the script in hand series, his wife, Star, and fellow actor Helen Cespedes.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Norman Has Found His Home

Norman. Little Black Dog Rescue

Norman has been adopted. He is spunky when he walks but a medium/low energy dog. He suffers from epilepsy which is controlled by medication taken once daily. He isn’t affected by this at all and couldn’t be a friendlier, spunkier little guy. Norman was in a bad situation here in CT and luckily we had the opportunity to remove him. He is around 4 or 5 years old, 11 pounds and is ready for adoption from Little Black Dog Rescue.


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Enjoying a Last Meal at Positano’s at Old Mill Image
The Drolet family of Westport, Alex (l) and Robin with daughter Charlotte, 2, enjoy a meal today at Positano’s Ristorante, 233 Hillspoint Road, at Westport’s Old Mill Beach. The restaurant is closing after tonight’s New Year’s celebration and will reopen mid-February to early March adjacent to the Westport Country Playhouse in space formerly occupied by the Dressing Room. Robin Doselet said, “We’re here to celebrate Positano’s final day. My husband and I became engaged at this restaurant six years ago.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Last Day Image
It’s the last day for Positano Ristorante at Westport’s Old Mill Beach. Closing after tonight’s New Year’s Eve celebration, the restaurant will reopen early in the year adjacent to the Westport Country Playhouse in space formerly occupied by the Dressing Room. Manager Gianni Rizzi said Positano, owned by Westchester County resident Giuseppe Scarpati, occupied its current space for 15 years and was on Post Road East, where Tengda is now, for two years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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First Night Ready for Revelers Image
First Night buttons are $15 and are available at all venues.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

First Night Westport Weston fun—this year is the 21st edition—begins at 3 p.m. today, with the Survivors Swing Band at the McManus Room in the Westport Library.

For the kids, a caricaturist, faceprinting and live music takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. in the TD Bank lobby, and from 4 to 8:30 p.m. at Saugatuck Elementary School, there will be an inflatable park, a ventriloquist and a magician, and more music.

For the teens, the School of Rock will offer live music at Toquet Hall starting at 7:45 p.m.

And everyone can enjoy a variety of music acts at Christ & Holy Trinity Church’s Sanctuary, Branson Hall and at Seabury Center. From 6 to 8 p.m., Blues pianist Mark Naftalin, a 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, will offer his sophisticated blues at the Westport Historical Society.

More "First Night Ready for Revelers"


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Entertainment Schedule for First Night Image
The entertainment schedule for First Night. See the full program booklet here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed graphic


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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - New Year’s Eve

Town Hall is closed; Westport post offices close at noon
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Perception Illusion MAGIC”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Movies for Family Holiday Breaks: “Guardians of the Galaxy”
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Survivors Swing Band
4 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Westport venues - First Night - See full schedule here
6 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - First Night at WHS: Blues with Mark Naftalin & Barry Urich
10 p.m. - Downtown Westport over Saugatuck River - First Night Fireworks

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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