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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Countdown Towns: A First Night Guide to Ringing in 2013

Posted By on Wed, Dec 26, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Circus Smirkus
  • courtesy of First Night Burlington
  • Circus Smirkus, First Night Burlington

Circus Smirkus
  • courtesy of First Night Burlington
  • Circus Smirkus, First Night Burlington

When the clock strikes midnight on December 31, revelers around the state will watch 2012 go out with a bang of fireworks. Since that’s well past kids’ — and some parents’ — bedtimes, it’s a good thing First Night celebrations in Burlington and St. Johnsbury cater to the younger crowd, too. Read on to find family-friendly highlights for each. Happy New Year!

First Night Burlington: Monday, December 31, noon to midnight, in downtown Burlington. All ages. $5-27 First Night button; family packs may be available; additional $4 tickets required at select venues. Info, 863-6005.

Burlington Taiko: Kids and parents tap their toes in time to thundering Japanese-style percussion. Flynn Center MainStage, 8-9 p.m.

Chris Dorman: The singer-songwriter who leads Bread and Butter Farms’ popular Music for Sprouts children’s program hosts this tuneful gathering. First Congregational Church Chapel, noon-12:40 p.m. and 4-4:40 p.m.

Circus Smirkus: The big top comes to Burlington! Award-winning youth performers awe and amaze with wire walking, aerial arts, clowning, juggling and acrobatics. Memorial Auditorium, noon-1 p.m. and 2-3 p.m.

Dancing Dragons Parade: Massive paper-mâché creations highlight a colorful procession down the marketplace. Church Street, 5 p.m.

Daniel Forlano: An actor-comedian balances a flower on his nose and hurls pillows through the air in a display of wit and physical comedy. Edmunds School Gym, 4-4:40 p.m.

Electric Youth Dance Company: Straight from St. Albans, this troupe presents fresh jazz, tap, contemporary and hip-hop choreography. Edmunds School Gym, 1-1:40 p.m. and 5-5:40 p.m.

Fireworks: Dazzling bursts of light bloom over the lake at 6 p.m. and midnight.

Flynn Arts Dance, Drama & Musical Activities: Performers at heart drop in on free, 40-minute arts sessions of their choice. Flynn Arts classrooms, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Karen Amirault Dance Company & KIDZ: Teen and adult dancers showcase their talents in hip-hop, salsa and tap. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 2-2:40 p.m. and 6-6:40 p.m.

McFadden Academy of Irish Dance: Highland-style dancers kick up their heels in an exciting performance. Edmunds School Gym, 3-3:40 p.m. and 6-6:40 p.m.

The Real McCoy Show: Circus stunts meet construction work in a comedic routine by performer Brent McCoy. Memorial Auditorium, 5-6 p.m.

Sing-Along With Megan, Emer & Robert: Megan Butterfield, Emer Feeney and Robert Resnick lead a kazoo-accompanied performance of kids songs and show tunes. First Congregational Church Chapel, 2-2:40 p.m.

Spotlight on Dance: Kids, teens and adults steal the stage with tap, jazz, lyrical and hip-hop pieces. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 1-1:40 p.m.

Stories & Music With Gigi, Joni & Michelle: Tunes, tales, dance, circus arts and a touch of humor define this interactive set for children and adults. First Congregational Church Theater, 1-1:40 p.m.

Very Merry Theatre: Young thespians interpret a classic musical. Edmunds School Gym, 2-2:40 p.m. and 7-7:40 p.m.

First Night St. Johnsbury: Monday, December 31, 4 p.m. to midnight, in downtown St. Johnsbury. All ages. $13-20 First Night button; free for preschoolers. Info, 748-2600.

Children’s Story Hour: Athenaeum staff and guest readers captivate little listeners with age-appropriate lit. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Dancing Djinn: Skilled fire spinners light up the night in sparkling outdoor routines. Main Street, 6:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.

Dina Danielson Contemporary Dance Company: Local teens and young adults offer a diverse, family-oriented repertoire. Morse Center for the Arts, St. Johnsbury Academy, 5 p.m.

Family Contra Dance: Family members join hands and master the art of early-American folk dance to calling by Ben Bergstein and tunes by David Carpenter, Jason Bergman and April Werner. St. Johnsbury School Multipurpose Room, 7-9:30 p.m.

Family Fun Fair: Little ones delight in face painting, balloon animals, a clown show and more. St. Johnsbury Academy Field House, 4-8 p.m.

Fireworks: Revelers look to the sky for the raising of a lighted ball and a spectacular lights show. St. Johnsbury Academy Field House, midnight.

The Hypzotique Bellydance Circus: Dancers, jugglers and other talented performers offer a show of “vaudevillian mischief” suited for the whole family. Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy, 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Kids Rock! All-Star Musical Revue:
Young Northeast Kingdom performers offer a cabaret of music, song and maybe karate. Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy, 5 p.m.

The King of Silly: A juggling unicyclist unveils new material in this side-splitting production. Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy, 4 p.m.

Planetarium Shows:
Astronomy experts illuminate the constellations, mythology and different world views of the night sky in “It’s About Time.” 20-minute presentations run continuously at Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, 6-9 p.m.

Sky Lanterns: Folks release eco-friendly, glowing lanterns into the deep night sky. St. Johnsbury Academy Field House parking lot, 8:30 p.m.

Ted Lawrence’s Mini Circus: A professional clown puts on a one-man show of juggling, circus tricks, jokes and unicycling. Morse Center for the Arts, St. Johnsbury Academy, 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Youth Advisory Council: The local organization offers children’s games, raffle opportunities and good eats. St. Johnsbury School Cafeteria, 4-8 p.m.

Find other New Year’s celebrations here.

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