Schroon Lake will bid adieu to 2012 and welcome the new year. The community will host a First Night celebration Monday, Dec. 31. The event will be sponsored by the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce.
Schroon Lake will bid adieu to 2012 and welcome the new year.
The community will host a First Night celebration Monday, Dec. 31. The event will be sponsored by the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce.
“We want to encourage as many families as possible to take part,” said Tony Kostecki, who is co-chair of First Night along with Sharon Piper. “We’ve planned a fun, family-oriented celebration.”
First Night will take place at Schroon Lake Central School and in the town park.
There will be sock hop with a DJ in the school gym 6 to 8:30 p.m. There will be face painting and craft stations 6 to 7:30 p.m. in school classrooms. The Adirondack Shakespeare Company will perform in the school auditorium at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Food will also be available.
The Adirondack Shakespeare Company program will be geared toward families, Kostecki said.
“It’ll be a family, variety show,” he said. “Typically they do a lot of improv. It’ll be a lot of fun.”
The Adirondack Shakespeare Company has performed in the region the past three summers, spending the winter months in the New York City area. In 2013,the group is planning its fourth annual Summer Festival Season, featuring repertory by Shakespeare and other dramatic masters, as well as an original touring show for children.
At 8:30 p.m. Schroon First night will feature a luminary display, music and bonfire near the bandstand in the town park. Hot chocolate will be served.
A “community stroll” will take people from the school to the park at 8:45 p.m.
Fireworks will then conclude the First Night.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children if purchased in advance at the chamber office on Main Street. Tickets will be $7 for adults and $4 for children at the door Dec. 31. Families will only be charged for two children, regardless of how many attend.
For information call the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce at 532-7675.
The chamber held First Night celebrations in the past — New Year’s Eve 2003 and 2004 — to mark the beginning and end of the town of Schroon’s bicentennial celebration. A year ago the event was revived.
“People seemed to have a great time and suggested we do it again,” Kostecki said.
First Night is a North American artistic and cultural celebration on New Year's Eve, taking place from afternoon until midnight. Some cities have all their events during the celebration outside, but some cities have events that are hosted indoors by organizations such as churches and theaters.
First Night celebrates a community’s local culture, often featuring music, dance, comedy, art, fireworks and, in some cities, ice sculptures and parades.
The first First Night was in Boston on Dec. 31, 1975. It was organized by a small group of artists who sought an alternative way of celebrating New Year’s Eve, where Boston’s young, innovative artists and musicians could perform on both indoor and outdoor stages. They also wanted to avoid the emphasis on alcohol that is common at New Year’s Eve parties. Soon other surrounding communities started their own First Night celebrations.