‘First Night 2013’ to ex­plode with fam­ily fun, musif, fire­worns

The Advance of Bucks County - - FRONT PAGE - By Jeff Werner

NEW­TOWN – If you’re look­ing for a place to take the fam­ily on New Year’s Eve, point your car to­ward Coun­cil Rock High School North in New­town.

First Night New­town 2013 is set to ex­plode with mu­sic, en­ter­tain­ment, fam­ily arts and crafts and a fire­works dis­play on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31.

De­signed es­pe­cially for young fam­i­lies, the al­co­hol-free event be­gins at 5 p.m. at Coun­cil Rock High School North on Swamp Road and con­tin­ues un­til 10 p.m. with non-stop fam­ily-friendly en­ter­tain­ment.

$t about 10 p.m., fire­works will burst in the sky above Tyler State Park next to the New­town Mid­dle School on the Rich­boro Road. The dis­play is spon­sored by 1st Fed­eral of Bucks County.

For the price of a First Night But­ton ($10), fam­i­lies and vis­i­tors will en­joy an evening of live en­ter­tain­ment and mu­sic, arts and crafts, food, in­flat­a­bles and plenty of other fun things to do.

“Here’s an op­por­tu­nity to go out with your fam­ily, spend just a lit­tle bit of money, en­joy four or five hours of good, qual­ity en­ter­tain­ment and help your com­mu­nity,” said Paul Sal­va­tore, the chair­man of the First Night Com­mit­tee.

“We are plan­ning a very eventful, a very en­ter­tain­ing night,” said Sal­va­tore. “We have tons of en­ter­tain­ment this year. We have a ma­gi­cian (Mike Miller) and we have both a teen and adult Idol com­pe­ti­tion.”

The en­ter­tain­ment sched­ule in­cludes the tal­ents of Chuck Scha­ef­fer (5:15 p.m., gym), dra­ham Craig (5:30 p.m., cafe­te­ria), Nikki Cole­man (New­town Idol con­tes­tant), Dam­age Con­trol (8 p.m., gym), Amer­i­can Idol­bound Court­ney Calle (ap­pear­ing with Dam­age Con­trol and in New­town Idol), Sa­man­tha An­der­son (New­town Idol con­tes­tant), Faith & Prac­tice (9 p.m., cafe­te­ria), Tay­lor Hilt (New­town Idol con­tes­tant), iife As Mon­sters (5:45 p.m. in the gym), iisa Jones (9 p.m., gym) and Kristina iewis (Amer­i­can Idol con­tes­tant).

Join­ing them at First Night will be the Men of Har­mony (5:30 p.m., au­di­to­rium), Rose Pa­rade (6:30 p.m., gym), Trick’d Out (7:30 p.m., gym), Don­ald Wil­liams (9 p.m., au­di­to­rium), rke dirls (6:45 p.m., au­di­to­rium), Cool Beans (7 p.m., cafe­te­ria), Dance Ac­tion of New­town (6:15 p.m., gym), face painter Jenny Scha­ef­fer (cafe­te­ria), car­i­ca­tur­ist dary Mc­drath (cafe­te­ria), co­me­dian Joel Wein­traub (8 p.m. in the au­di­to­rium) and ma­gi­cian Mike Miller (8 p.m., au­di­to­rium).

Among the many high­lights of the evening will be the Teen and Adult Idol com­pe­ti­tions fea­tur­ing some of the area’s hottest up­com­ing lo­cal tal­ent. Mick Petrucci will em­cee the events, with the adult com­pe­ti­tion at 6 p.m. and the teen com­pe­ti­tion at 7 p.m. in­side the au­di­to­rium.

Kids Fest, pre­sented by the New­town Ath­letic Club, can be found in­side the school’s gym­na­sium. The area will fea­ture arts and crafts ac­tiv­i­ties, en­ter­tain­ment, ad­di­tional in­flat­a­bles and demon­stra­tions.

In­side the cafe­te­ria, com­ple­men­tary First Night fam­ily pho­to­graphs will be taken. 9isi­tors will also find face painter Jerry Schaf­fer and car­i­ca­tur­ist dary Mc­drath. In ad­di­tion, food will be avail­able, pro­vided by New­town area restau­rants.

The theme of this year’s cel­e­bra­tion is “D.A.R.E. to Share in 2013,” which com­bines the D.A.R.E. drug and al­co­hol aware­ness pro­gram with the ur­gent need to re­stock lo­cal food banks. “We think both are im­por­tant,” said or­ga­nizer Paul Sal­va­tore.

Pro­ceeds will sup­port the New­town D.A.R.E. pro­gram in ad­di­tion to the Bucks County Food Bank.

First Night at­ten­dees are en­cour­aged to bring food items for a First Night 2013 Col­lec­tion:

peanut but­ter, jelly, juice, canned goods, tuna, ce­real and canned pasta.

First Night But­tons are avail­able for $10 each at 1st Fed­eral of Bucks County, 295 N Sy­camore Street; First Na­tional Bank of New­town, 40 S State Street; First Na­tional Bank of New­town, 773 New­town Yardley Rd.; New­town Book and Record Ex­change, 102 South State Street; 3rd Fed­eral Bank, 950 New­town-Yardley Road; the New­town Ath­letic Club, 209 Penns Trail; Ac­tion Ka- rate, 11 Penns Trail, Suite 500; and at Shady Brook Farm, 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley.

The event’s main spon­sors are 1st Fed­eral of Bucks County (fire­works), New­town Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion (Main Stage), the New­town Ath­letic Club (Kid’s Fest) and McCaf­frey’s Mar­ket.

Pho­to­graph by Jeff Gold­berg

More than 200 peo­ple gath­ered at the 9/11 Garden of Re­flec­tion in Lower Makefield Sun­day night to re­mem­ber the 26 chil­dren, teach­ers and staff mem­bers of the Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary School in New­town, Conn., who lost their lives when a 20-year-old gun­man went on a shoot­ing ram­page at the school. See story on page 9.

Courntey Calle, of New­town, will per­form at First Night. In 2013, she will ap­pear on Amer­i­can Idol.

Paul Sal­va­tore, chair­man of the First Night New­town com­mit­tee, and Good­noe Ele­men­tary School Prin­ci­pal Ni­cole Craw­ford con­grat­u­late this year’s First Night Es­say Con­test win­ners. From left are Sal­va­tore, fourth grader Zane Moore (first place), Craw­ford, fourth grader Natasha Ray (sec­ond place), and third grader Alayna Cyb (sec­ond place). Not pic­tured is third grader Sophia Al­fieri (first place). Win­ners re­ceived cash re­wards and tick­ets for their fam­i­lies to at­tend First Night.

Life as Mon­sters

Lisa Jones

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