TD BANK – MAIN LOBBY
PAT MASON, ANIMAL CARICATURES
3:00 – 6:00 PM
Popular artist, Pat Mason creates animal caricatures for all First Nighters.
STEVE THE BALLOON GUY
A Westport favorite, Steve the Balloon Guy, designs fanciful balloon creations.
HANFORD AND FINLAY
3:00 3:45, 4:15-4:45, 5-:5:45
“Hanford & Finlay” is Tom Hanford and Nancy Finlay. With years of experience as teachers and performers, they delight youngsters with animal songs, chants, singing games, movement with scarves, sing and play along songs, and audience role playing with Tom’s painted masks. Tom and Nancy’s repertoire of folk, pop, rock and roll and original songs is delivered with gorgeous harmonies accompanied by guitar, violin, harmonicas, and percussion. Come on down and bring your grownups. They need to have fun too.
New York Times featured comedian, Jonathan Prager is known for his blazing wit and general charisma, this New York City native’s comic insight into family life, relationships and political satire will have you laughing, thinking and enjoying yourself immensely.
CHRIST & TRINITY CHURCH SANCTUARY
GOOD NEWS GOSPEL CHOIR
3:30 – 4:15, 4:30 – 5:15
Multi talented musical icon, Chris Coogan, brings his Good News Gospel Choir for an inspiring and rollicking performance. Chris and the Good News singers will lead you on a soulful journey of mostly original music and a selection of the classics. Be ready to clap your hands and stamp your feet!
5:30 – 6:30
Harrison is a 16 year old singer/songwriter who has performed with Sean Lennon and Chris Coogan. Being a featured soloist of Chris Coogan’s Good News Gospel Choir since age 9, he soloed with the choir for Mavis Staples at the Westport Country Playhouse. Harrison will perform a mixture of his original songs and covers with a 4 piece band and 6 back up singers.
CHRIS COOGAN JAZZ
Chris Coogan is a First Night staple and his performances have a huge fan following. He has directed jazz musicians whose repertoire includes straight ahead jazz, fusion jazz, boogie woogie and more. Chris has performed and recorded with artists such as Donna Summer, Bette Midler, Ronnie Spector, James Naughton and Phoebe Snow, among others.
AL BROZEK- FAMILY SQUARE DANCE
Al Brozek is a veteran square dance caller who has guest called for square dance clubs throughout New England, New York and New Jersey. Be prepared to spin your partner around the floor, dance up a storm and have some fun with your family!
3:30 – 4:15, 4:30 – 5:15
One of the most enchanting artists to be found in the world today, Jodi sings with “power” and “passion” according to her critics. She is an internationally acclaimed soprano who dazzled us in 2002, 2003 and last year. She is returning with her unique show and her bigger than ever voice. The songstress will perform a selection of famous arias, holiday music and songs from the Great American Song Book (Broadway and Pop).
6:30-7:15, 7:30 – 8:15
Formed in 1996, Café Musette, led by Larry Urbon, is one of the leading ensembles in the US, performing the style of music known as “jazz manouche” or “gypsy swing”. Joining Larry is singer and artist extraordinaire Noreen Mola, performing songs in French, Spanish, and Romany, the traditional language of the gypsies. Whether playing French chanson, rhumbas, waltzes, sambas or swing, Café Musette projects the unmistakable sound of “La Pompe” (“the pump”), the distinctive beat that characterizes all gypsy jazz, gets feet tapping and people dancing!
WESTPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY
DENNIS THE TRAIN MAN
3:00- 5:30 PM
The very popular Dennis the Train Man returns with his collection of trains and tales to tell about them. Included this year is Amtrak, Thomas the Tank Train, the New York City Subway and the very special Harry Potter Hogwarth’s Express!!!
ADAM CURRIE BAND
Adam Currie is a singer songwriter from Fairfield CT. At a young age Adam was introduced to the music of the legendary bands such as the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and many others which greatly influenced his music which is a mixture of the Beatles, Bob Dylan and Dave Matthews all rolled into one. His band plays in many of the events in Connecticut. Come and hear him rock!
WESTPORT WESTON FAMILY Y
3:00 – 6:00 PM
Jump all afternoon (but please, no shoes and remove your First Night buttons before entering the Park).
AGOSTINO ARTS – FACE PAINTING
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
For an additional $3.00, you can literally be transformed! Agostino Arts using “Transformation! Facepainting” will paint your whole face in just a few minutes to turn you into an animal, clown, monster or anything you can imagine. This a First Night favorite and not only do you have fun, but around you will smile smile smile!
MIKE VALENTINE, CARICATURES
Caricaturist Mike Valentine, will capture you with his funny but flattering drawings
FLASH BAM ALAKAZAM – LALIE MADRIGUERA
3:00-3:45. 4:00-:4:45. 5:00-5:45
Children will love this wonderful musical interactive performance by Emmy award winner Lalie Madriquera. Lalie has given over 500 performances as she sings, dances and encourages children to join her while introducing specially selected classic American songs which include Latin rhythms, the samba, meringue and conga!
THE MAGIC GENIE
6:30 -7:15 PM, 7:30 -8:15 PM
Get ready for the thrill of your life. Here comes the Magic Genie. He has traveled around the world and has developed a presentation of magic that is astonishing, unbelievable and incredible. And, he plans on teaching you how to do some of it!!!
WESTPORT TOWN HALL
BIGELOW TEA HOUSE OF THE NEW YEAR MOON WITH FORTUNE TELLERS, PALM READERS, PSYCHICS, TAROT CARD READERS
Wondering about the future? Worried about the present? Want some clues? Warm up with a cup of tea and have our experienced group read and interpret your palm, fortune or how your stars align. There is a $10 charge for 10 minutes and $1 for every additional minute.
THE MYSTERY TOUR – A BEATLES BAND
The fab five members of “Mystery Tour” faithfully reproduce the look and sound of Beatlemania with authentic instruments and costumes. Across the state, audiences are experiencing the musical excitement of the 60’s. Come and join the fun of these classic sounds!
SUZANNE SHERMAN PROPP
5:30-6:15 PM, 7:00-7:45 PM
Singer songwriter Suzanne Sherman Propp is a native Westporter, music teacher and performer. She is an accomplished musician (plays the guitar, violin, piano and recorder) who is able to captivate children with her music. She is a local favorite and her performance is not to be missed.
THE WESTPORT COMMUNITY THEATER
5:00-5:20, 6:30-6:50, 7:45-8:20 PM
The Westport Community Theatre has been a part of the community of Weston and Westport since 1956. Please come to see this wonderful performance of , “The Hippo and the Wasps”, a one-act comedy by Connecticut playwright Tom Rushen, directed by Richard Mancini and featuring Alexander Kulcsar and Ann Kinner.
Garner and Darian Case are a happily married couple living in upper class suburbia. While they seem to have a perfect life, it becomes a bit undone when they are trapped inside their home by a hippopotamus that has camped out on their front lawn.
THE WESTPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Blues pianist Mark Naftalin, who was the original keyboardist in the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, has recorded and concertized with John Lee Hooker, Etta James, Percy Mayfield, Buddy Guy, Van Morrison, and many other blues and rock greats. Mark will be accompanied by longtime Fairfield-County percussionist Barry Urich, who has backed Jose Feliciano and Lester Chambers (of the Chambers brothers) , and who is known for his many performances with area favorites Blue In The Face and The Twinkies.