First Night Worcester ’17 Schedule of Events


First Night Worcester is turning 35. Help us celebrate!

We can hardly believe it, but this year marks First Night’s 35th Anniversary. 35 great years of providing affordable, family-friendly access to the arts!  We’re so proud of the work we do here and hope you will join us as we celebrate this special milestone!


First Night Worcester 2017 Program Guide

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Performance Venues (Trolley Service Available):
Armenian Church Cultural Center sponsored by Price Chopper
Courtyard by Marriott
Epworth United Methodist Church
First Baptist Church
First Unitarian Church
Institute Park
Jillian’s Billiard Club
Ralph’s Rock Diner
Trinity Lutheran Church
Veterans Inc. (Kids Zone), sponsored by UniBank
Wesley United Methodist Church


Free Admission with Button (No Trolley Service Available):
* Please purchase your button in advance. Most Free Admission partners will not be selling buttons at the door.

EcoTarium
Joy of Music Program
Museum of Russian Icons
Old Sturbridge Village
Salisbury Mansion
Worcester Art Museum
Worcester Common Oval
Worcester Historical Museum
Worcester JCC


4PM – 11:00PM – FREE TROLLEY (4 to 11 PM). Ride the Trolley between performance venues. Free with your First Night button. Sponsored by UniBank and Price Chopper. (Please note: trolley stops at Performance Venues only, not Free Admission with Button locations).


11:15

LOOK UP!  (11:15 PM).  Fireworks will be set off at approximately 11:15 PM from the top of Bell Hill. Find a convenient viewing location from anywhere in downtown and enjoy the spectacular display! Sponsored by Polar Beverages.


Armenian Church Cultural Center
sponsored by Price Chopper
34 Boynton St.

5:00 to 5:45

Danceartists Ballet Theater – Dance/Theater

7:00 to 7:45, 9:00 to 9:45

Li Liu – Chinese Acrobatics

8:00 to 8:45, 10:00 to 10:45

Jim Spinnato – Comedy Hypnotist


Courtyard by Marriott

72 Grove Street

6:00 to 6:45, 8:00 to 8:45

Pilgrim Soul Productions – A Couple of Blaguards – Rollicking Irish Comedy


Epworth United Methodist Church
64 Salisbury Street

* SNACK BAR * (Lower Level) 6:00-9:00pm

Menu:  Hot Dogs, Chili Dogs, Chili, Homemade Baked Goods, Popcorn, Assorted Snacks, Beverages (water, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soda).

Chapel

6:00 to 6:45

Joanne Lurgio – Performing Songwriter

7:00 to 7:45

Jan Luby – Performing Songwriter

8:00 to 8:45

Steven Pelland – Acoustic Singer-Songwriter

9:00 to 9:45

Diane Battistello – Singer/Songwriter

Sanctuary

6:00 to 6:45

Knock on Wood – Acoustic Folk-Rock

7:00 to 7:45

Robin O’Herin – Acoustic Blues & Gospel

8:00 to 8:45

Thea Hopkins – Performing Songwriter

9:00 to 9:45

The Lied To’s – Folk/Country Music Duo


First Baptist Church
111 Park Ave.

First Night Ice Sculpture sponsored by Rand Whitney Corp.

* SNACK BAR * 4:00-10:45pm

Menu: Hot Dogs, Subs (meatball or sausage, pepper & onion), Wraps (veggie or turkey & cheese), Chili, Popcorn, Chips, Cookies, Brownies, Beverages (coffee, water, soda, hot chocolate).

Gordon Hall – sponsored by baystateparent

5:00 to 5:45

Dezrah the Strange – Magician

6:00 to 9:00

WCRN 830 AM – Hank Stoltz Radio Show Broadcasting LIVE from First Night! Come see Hank, the official “Voice of First Night”!

7:00 to 7:25

Worcester Kiltie Band – Bag Pipe Band

8:00 to 8:45

Southeast Asian Coalition-WYND Lion Dance Team – Cultural Performances

9:00 to 9:45

Steve Corning – Extraordinary Variety Show!

10:00 to 10:45

Grace Morrison– Singer/Songwriter

Sanctuary

4:00 to 4:45

Deborah Costine Nature Puppets – Puppet Show

5:00 to 5:45

Wesley Hall – Organist

6:00 to 6:45

Matt Roberts: Clean Comedy Magic

7:00 to 7:45

The Rafters – Modern Pop-Folk

8:00 to 8:45

Sweet Wednesday – Folk/Rock Band

9:00 to 9:45

Darlin’ Corey Trio – Bluegrass/Old Time

10:00 to 10:45

Jo Petty Band – Christian Rock Band


First Unitarian Church
90 Main St.

* SNACK BAR (Dining Hall) * 5:00-9:00pm

Menu: Samosas, Homemade Soup (broccoli/cheese, chicken/rice and vegetable/vegan with bread), Desserts (baklava, biscotti, “Peace of Pie” Table Top Pies), Beverages (bottled water, cider, hot chai, hot chocolate).

* Children’s Activities (Dining Hall) * 5:00-9:00pm

Peace craft project for children.

Unity Hall (enter through upper parking lot on State St.)

5:00 to 5:45

Jim Scott – A Celebration of Peace in Song

6:00 to 6:45

Community Voices for Peace (Rally)

7:00 to 7:45

Deborah Livingston (with Katherine Glass) – Psychic Medium

8:00 to 8:45

Katherine Glass (with Deborah Livingston) – Spirit Mediums


Institute Park
Corner of Salisbury & Boynton

6:00 to 6:10

Mayor Petty Opening Statement

6:15 to 6:45

Fire Gypsy Productions – Fire Performance – Weather Permitting

6:00 to 9:00

Holiday Hay Ride (Wagon Tours) – Sponsored by Bay State Savings Bank.
Holiday Hay Ride (Wagon Tours)
Cozy up with family and friends for a Holiday Hay Ride around the city! Hay ride provided by Barrett’s Horse Drawn Services. Sponsored by Bay State Savings Bank.

8:15 to 9:15

Photos with Orson the Polar Bear


Jillian’s Billiard Club
315 Grove St.

* FREE Pasta Bar *

FREE PASTA BAR with your First Night button (4 to 6 PM). PLUS, get a FREE $10 game card on New Year’s Eve that can be used any time in the Jillian’s game room. (Jillian’s Worcester only). Sponsored by Jillian’s.

6:00 to 6:45

Long Time – Power Rock Trio

7:00 to 7:45

Virna! – Virna’s Tribute to Cher

8:00 to 8:45

Oberon Rose – Retro Rock/Psychedelic Pop

9:00 to 9:45

Cold Chocolate – Americana/Bluegrass Band

10:00 to 10:45

Michelle “evil gal” Willson & Shinichi Otsu Duo


Ralph’s Rock Diner
148 Grove Street

7:00 to 7:45

Cara Brindisi – Acoustic Pop/Rock/Folk

8:00 to 8:45

usLights (ex HERRA TERRA) – Interstellar Rock

9:00 to 9:45, 10:00 to 10:45

Steve Dorian – Contemporary Country


Trinity Lutheran Church
73 Lancaster Street

Hall

4:00 to 4:45

JOMP Youth Orchestra (JYO)

5:00 to 5:45

Jazz Messengers from Joy of Music


Veterans Inc.
69 Grove Street (Use Salisbury Street entrance)

* KIDS ZONE sponsored by UniBank *

4:00 to 7:00

Bounce Houses – Bounce house fun!

4:00 to 7:00

Face Painting – Get your First Night dazzle on!  FREE face painting!

4:00 to 9:00

Polar Craft Project – Polar craft project

5:00 to 5:30

Photos with Orson the Polar Bear!

5:00 to 9:00

Movies/Cartoons/Popcorn

4:00 to 6:00

Linda Peck as Nanny McPhee

6:00 to 8:00

Behind the Mask Theatre – Masked Living Art

6:00 to 6:45

Gio – Rapper/Singer

7:00 to 7:45

Steve Corning – Extraordinary Variety Show!

9:00 to 9:45

Matt Roberts: Clean Comedy Magic


Wesley United Methodist Church
114 Main Street

* SNACK BAR * 4:00-10:00pm

Menu: Cookies, Beverages (soda, coffee, hot chocolate, water), Popcorn, Chili & Hot Dogs.

Brewer Hall

4:00 to 4:45

McInerney School of Irish Step Dance

5:00 to 5:45

Cambodian Classical Dance

6:00 to 6:45

Playing with Fire – Local Teenage Rock Band

7:00 to 7:45

Starline Sky – Rock/Pop Band

8:00 to 8:45

Ms. Marci & The Lovesick Hounds – Swing Blues

Sanctuary

5:00 to 5:45

Pakachoag Music School & Worcester Children’s Chorus

6:00 to 6:45

Assabet Valley Chambersingers – Chamber Choir

7:00 to 7:45

Colleen McGovern – Singer/Songwriter

9:00 to 9:45

Jim Scott – A Celebration of Peace in Song

10:00 to 10:45

Lori Diamond & Fred Abatelli – Contemporary Folk/Singer-Songwriters


Free Admission with Button

EcoTarium
222 Harrington Way

FREE ADMISSION with your First Night button on New Year’s Eve (10 AM to 5 PM). Otherwise EcoTarium General Admission pricing applies.
Noon Year's Eve

Join the festivities at our annual Noon Year’s Eve celebration with two kid-friendly countdowns at 12 Noon and 2 PM. Create and toast resolutions, make a 2016 time capsule, take silly photos, and more!  Noon Year’s Eve at the EcoTarium offers fun the whole family can enjoy together!

See the full EcoTarium schedule here.


Joy of Music Program
1 Gorham St.

Joy of Music Program (JOMP)OPEN HOUSE (10 to 11:30 AM). Come learn what Worcester’s Community Music School is all about! Participate in family-friendly drumming circles and creative movement groups. Student performances to enjoy! Free with your First Night button. Sponsored by Joy of Music Program.


Museum of Russian Icons
203 Union St., Clinton

FREE ADMISSION with your First Night button on New Year’s Eve (11 AM to 3 PM) and during regular business hours in January, 2017.  Closed New Year’s Day. Don’t miss the special exhibition “Fools to Wonder Workers: Saints of the Orthodox Faith.” Learn more.


Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge

Old Sturbridge VillageFREE ADMISSION with your First Night button on New Year’s Eve (9:30 AM to 4 PM). Excludes National Marionette Theatre performances in the Brewer Theater. Closed New Year’s Day.


Salisbury Mansion
40 Highland St.

Salisbury MansionFREE ADMISSION with your First Night button on New Year’s Eve (1 PM to 4 PM).


Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street

Worcester Art MuseumFREE ADMISSION with your First Night button on New Year’s Eve (10 AM to 5 PM). Don’t miss the special exhibit KAHBAHBLOOOM: The Art and Storytelling of Ed Emberley.

FEELING CRAFTY? “Make your own noisemaker” workshop (1 PM TO 5 PM). Free with your First Night button ($5.00 without). Sponsored by FLEXcon.


Worcester Common Oval
455 Main St. (behind City Hall)

FREE Ice Skating with your First Night button on New Year's EveFREE Ice Skating with your First Night button on New Year’s Eve (12 PM to 6 PM). Sponsored by SG&D Insurance Agencies.

Photos with Orson the Polar Bear (3:30 to 4:00)


Worcester Historical Museum
30 Elm St.

Worcester Historical MuseumFREE ADMISSION with your First Night button on New Year’s Eve (10 AM to 4 PM)


Worcester JCC
633 Salisbury St.

Worcester JCC

2PM – 4PM – OPEN HOUSE. FREE FAMILY FUN with your First Night button on New Year’s Eve (2 PM TO 4 PM). Includes swimming, Gaga, basketball clinic, and family entertainment. Kids under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by Worcester JCC.

2:PM – 2:45PM – Bob Bloom – Drumming About You – Interactive Drumming


First Night Worcester 2017 Program Guide

pdfClick here to download (PDF).


December 14th 2016 by FNW
Categories: events |