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