2005-12-08 / News

First Night shaping up in Newport

Ring in the New Year in Newport this year. First Night Newport kicks off 2006 with festivities that the whole family can enjoy, ranging from live music to ethnic dancing to ice skating.

On Dec. 31 from 5 to 9 p.m., First Night Newport will provide the community with a familyfriendly event in 18 locations throughout the city, culminating with a fabulous fireworks display over Newport Harbor at 9:15 p.m. Private facilities provide additional events for adults from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m., sponsored for the benefit of First Night Newport.

First Night is a shared cultural experience created by the entire community, showcasing performances of artistic excellence combined with Newport’s cultural heritage. Some of the events running simultaneously include Clowns On Ice at the Newport Yachting Center, jazz at the Old Colony House, a teen concert at the Jane Pickens Theater, bluegrass music at the Florence Murray Judicial Complex, the InkaWasi Peruvian Panpipe Dance Troupe at the Newport Art Museum, indoor kite flying at Thompson Middle School, a children’s tent pavilion at Bowen’s Wharf, a fabulous parade and fireworks over Newport Harbor at 9:15 p.m.

From 10 p.m. until 1 a.m., adults can rock with the James Montgomery Blues Band at the Newport Harbor Hotel or swing with the Bellevue Cadillacs at the Newport Viking Hotel.

Thanks to the generous support of sponsors and donors, admission to all events from 5 to 9 p.m. is just $8, the price of a First Night Button. For children 5 years old and under, admittance to all events is free. First Night Buttons can be purchased starting on Saturday, Nov. 26, at Baker’s Pharmacy, 53 Narragansett Ave., in Jamestown.

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