Update for 2007 New Year's Eve: First Night 2008

As we move into 2007, Mt. Holly is celebrating it's eighth annual "First Night".  A wide variety of entertainment will be provided including street performers, fireworks, a film festival, music from around the world, and even a tribute to the Chinese horoscope's "Year of the Pig" by having multiple artistic interpretations of the pig on display.

The Schedule of Events and Locations:

A. BCC Mt Holly Center: New Year's Eve in Mount Holly kicks off at 4:30 with our fourth annual Pet Parade, starting at Fountain Square and "going for a walk" to Cobbler Square. At 5:00 and 5:45, Hip Hop Dance Troupe Face Da Phlave take over the grand space, before Norm Taylor belts out Acoustic R&B/Blues at 6:30. The electric Rhythm & Blues group East Coast Groove performs at 7:15 and 8:15.

B. Friends Meeting: will be the venue for the Celtic Harp of Mary Kay Mann at 5:00 and 6:00. Next, at 7:30 and 8:30 it's Native American Folk by Spirit Wing. Later, Kurt Jung and Qin Qian play Chinese Acoustic Music at 10:00 and 11:00. Food and drinks will be for sale at this venue.

C. Cobbler Square: See the Pet Parade Judging at 4:45, before Garrett LaMarra enthralls with Juggling at 5:00 and 5:30. Magician Johnny Cee performs at 6:15 and 6:45. Stop by for the Pigtail Contest at 7:00, and later for the Regrets Shredder. Stilter Jodi Netzer is featured at 7:30 and 8:00. Bagpiper Frank Watson will play Auld Lang Syne and other favorites at 8:45 and 9:15, and Michael Gibbs blows the Didgeridoo at 11:15 and 11:45. And remember, the DEMPSTER'S FIREWORKS go off at 9:30 and Midnight! (Some Cobbler Square events may move indoors in the case of intolerable weather.)

D. Masonic Lodge: Groove to the Jazz of the Bob Pollitt Trio 7:30 and 8:30, and later hear more great Jazz by the Wendy Zoffer Quartet performing at 10:00 and 11:00. Hot dogs, sandwiches and drinks will be for sale at this venue.

E. Good Intent Firehouse: Comedian Jennifer Blaine will tickle your funny bone at 7:30 and 8:30, then it's more Comedy with Joel Weintraub at 10:00 and 11:00.

F. Brainerd Street Commons: Stop by between 5:00 and 9:00 for a continuous screening of "Babe", then enter their Live Pig Weight-Guessing Contest.

G. Methodist Church: In the Fellowship Hall, Jodi Netzer and Michael Schwartz present a Kids Art Workshop at 5:00, while the Sugar Sand Ramblers play Old Timey music from the NJ Pines at 7:30 and 8:30.

H. Saint Andrew's: In the front Sanctuary, you can meditate on the Gospel Bluegrass of Past Times at 4:30 and 5:30, the Prince of Peace Gospel Choir at 6:30, and Organist Justin Hartz performs at 7:30 and 8:30.

I. Burlington County Historic Prison Museum: Due to popular demand, the Parks Department Staff once again hosts Tours of this landmark building from 5:00 to 9:00.

J. Mount Holly Library: Stop by starting at 5:00 for Martha Neill's Fiestaware Exhibit, and Independent Films by Robert Emmons Jr. from 7:30 to 9:00

You can download the First Night schedule and get more information and price/ticket locations at  http://www.mainstreetmountholly.com/YOTP.php