Westport First Night Back for Twentieth Year

An annual tradition, First Night Westport-Weston, is once again scheduled for New Year's Eve.

The collection of events, which is a non-alcoholic celebration of the arts in Westport, will run from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on New Year's Eve. The events will conclude with a Fireworks display over the Saugatuck River.

"This truly has been a community effort and a wonderful gift to our local families," said Barbara Pearson-Rac, First Night's board president. "Again, we are bringing back your favorites and adding some new surprises, so please purchase your button and join the party."

Buttons for the event will be sold beginning this week. The First Night 2014 buttons will cost $10 each until Dec. 15, when the cost increases to $15, according to Pearson-Rac.

Events are planned at a variety of downtown venues, and also at the Saugatuck Elementary School on Riverside Ave., where a variety of performances for children and families will be staged, including a special performance by ventriloquist Jonathan Geffner.

Free bus service will be available to transport revelers from Jesup Green to the school.

The buttons may be purchased at the following locations: 

  • Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place
  • Westport Public Library, Jesup Green
  • Oscar's Deli, 159 Main St.
  • Trader Joe's, 400 Post Road East
  • TD Bank, 185 Main St.
  • Weston Hardware, 190 Weston Road, Weston
  • Currie Tire, 599 West Ave., Norwalk. 


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