Party like it’s 2019

The Amherst News - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY -

Now that was a party!

e big­gest crowd since the Fam­ily First New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tion started sev­eral years ago en­joyed mu­sic, skat­ing, re­works and much more at the Amherst Sta­dium on Dec. 31.

Sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple of all ages took part in the two-hour cel­e­bra­tion that cul­mi­nated in a mas­sive re­works dis­play from the roof of the Amherst Sta­dium.

ere was skat­ing in the west end of the ice sur­face, while the east end saw chil­dren paint­ing the ice with pop­u­lar Amherst band Sec­ond Toe per­form­ing. ere were movies and draw­ing in the heated meet­ing rooms on the sta­dium’s sec­ond oor and horse and wagon rides in the sta­dium park­ing lot.

“It’s great to see such a big crowd out

this year,” Mayor David Ko­gon said. “Last year, it was so cold that it might have im­pacted how many peo­ple came out, but this year the weather is per­fect and the crowd is in­cred­i­ble.”

Ko­gon said he was thrilled with the num­ber of chil­dren who par­tic­i­pated and said the crowd is an­other ex­am­ple of the strong com­mu­nity spirit that has de­vel­oped in the town dur­ing the last cou­ple of years.

“ere’s a lot of pos­i­tiv­ity about Amherst and it’s some­thing that’s go­ing to feed o it­self. We will con­tinue to hold these type of fam­ily events through­out the year,” he said. “ey’re very pop­u­lar.”

Next up is Amherst’s Win­ter Car­ni­val in Fe­bru­ary that co­in­cides with the pro­vin­cial Her­itage Day hol­i­day.

Groups or or­ga­ni­za­tions host­ing events dur­ing the car­ni­val are en­cour­aged to con­tact Amherst Recre­ation to be in­cluded in the brochure and car­ni­val ad­ver­tis­ing.

Four-year-old Seren­ity Ter­ris paints the ice at the Amherst Sta­dium dur­ing the town’s Fam­ily First New Year’s Eve fes­tiv­i­ties.

Friends Piper Bouwens, left, and Cara Yorke skate dur­ing Amherst’s Fam­ily First New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tion.

Fire­works ex­plode over the Amherst Sta­dium dur­ing the com­mu­nity’s Fam­ily First New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tion.

Mem­bers of Sec­ond Toe per­form dur­ing Amherst’s Fam­ily First New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tion. The band played dur­ing the two-hour event that in­cluded skat­ing, ice-paint­ing, movies, colour­ing and horse and wagon rides.

Steve Brown holds his son, two-year-old Jake, dur­ing the New Year’s Eve gath­er­ing.

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