First Night Danbury 2012-2013, enjoying its 23rd year as a family friendly New Year’s Eve celebration, salutes “Danbury Fare.” The pun is intended, with memories of Danbury’s historic and iconic “Fair” along with recognition of our City’s “Fare,” continuing to develop and service within our CityCenter downtown hub. First Night takes place on New Year’s Eve, December 31st, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Danbury downtown venues, all within easy walking distance. Through the support of Union Savings Bank; Ventura, Ribeiro & Smith; Hat City Pools; Danbury Cultural Commission; Danbury Parking Authority; BRT; Danbury Arena; and the Savings Bank of Danbury, as well as merchants, artists, residents and others, Downtown is Happening (The DisH)! First Night Danbury annually provides everyone a chance to close out a year and begin anew, with community spirit and lots of surprises!
First Night will offer more than 30 entertainments and activities over its 4 hours of spirited “Fare.” A vaudeville at The Palace Danbury traditionally anchors the evening, this year starring comedian Buddy Flip. Buddy’s brand of comedy is lovable, lyrical and his comfortable rapport has made him immensely popular, with widespread appearances from Sesame Street Live to Comedy Central to the stages of Atlantic City and Las Vegas. He will be joined on the stage of Danbury’s 1928 vaudeville house by The Susan King Duo and magician Ben Nemser with Cassandra. Music, Variety Children’s Activities, Arts & Crafts, Novelties & Exhibitions are planned for every age group, every interest, and every entertainment. There’s Magic, Stilt Walkers, Hypnotism, Face Painting, Belly Dancing for Kids, and more.
Other artists, activities and participants include:
Afro-Semitic Experience, Adam Auslander Stilts, Beth and Jan, Careesah, Creative Connections Children’s Art Exhibit, Danbury Museum Open House, ESCAPE to the Arts, DJ Jim Fairchild, Hackerspace Demos by the Danbury Innovation Center, Marc Huberman, Ice Matters, Kerri LuBell Arts & Crafts, Mad Hatters Barbershop Chorus, Madera Vox, Hypnotist Pete Mamos, Marty the Magician, Mercurial Gallery Visual Art Opening, Wendy Mitchell Black Light Puppets, Katie Nunez Face Painting, New Hope Mass Choir, Linda Parker, Play N Trade Computer Gaming, Portuguese Traditional Games, SilverTones, and Bob Stanhope.
First Night Danbury 2012-2013 buttons, which provide entry to all events, cost only $7.50 each. They may be purchased at the CityCenter Danbury offices, 186 Main Street, or at participating merchants throughout the area. You may also purchase a pack of 10 for $50 ( a savings of $25) through CityCenter. They make great stocking stuffers or holiday gifts at the office. For information, call (203) 792 1711 or visit www.firstnightdanbury.org
First Night Danbury is a member of The National Association of Community-Based New Year’s Arts Festivals (www.firstnightusa.org)