First Night Portsmouth, NH 2012

First Night® Portsmouth 2013 takes place on
Monday, December 31st, 4pm – Midnight


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Entertainment & Activities

First Night® Portsmouth 2013 – Activities and Entertainment



Street Dance: 5pm – Midnight
Hosted by Portsmouth Community Radio
Pleasant Street at Market Square

Make your New Year’s resolution on a star!
Stop by Pleasant Street and visit with the NH Astronomical Society
for a bit of First Night® stargazing…

Fireworks Display at 7:30
South Mill Pond

Countdown to Midnight in the Square at the Street Dance!

Ice Sculpture: Work commences at about 1pm
North Church @ Market Square

The “New” Connie Bean @ The Portsmouth Middle School
Ongoing activities…
4pm – 9pm

Caricatures by Bob Nilson

Fabulous First Night® Face Painting

The performances…
4:15 – 5:00, 5:15 – 6:00
Abracadabra! Magic with Phil Smith

6:15 – 7:00
Storytelling with Peter Sheridan

8:00 – 11:00
of the Bands!

Middle Street Baptist Hall
Summer in the Street heads indoors!
These two groups have been a part of our Summer music series.
Both feature outstanding local singer songwriters…
5:00 – 5:45, 6:15 – 7:00
Acheson Gown
The group is the fine blend of singer songwriter Elissa Margolin and guitarist Tom Acheson Brown.
Together they create an acoustic tonic for the soul.

8:15 – 9:00, 9:30 – 10:15
Old Saw
A blend of Blues, Jazz & Americana, Old Saw is the offspring of Nickie and Charlie Farr. What started as a solo
project for Actress/Singer/Songwriter Nickie Fuller Farr in about 2004, turned into a band when her husband,
drummer/guitarist Charlie Farr joined in! With dynamic vocals, gypsy~ blues~guitar, and a percussive edge,
Old Saw is sure to draw you into the story…

The North Church
4:15 – 4:45, 5:45 – 6:15
Lindsay Bezich
Puppets galore!

5:00 – 5:30, 6:30 – 7:00
Sammie Haynes
Fun, interactive children’s music.

8:15 – 9:00, 9:30 – 10:15, 10:45 – 11:30
T.J. Wheeler and Company
Blues, more blues, a bit of R & B and jazz…and always a great time!

Seacoast Repertory Theatre
5:00 – 5:45, 6:15 – 7:00
Mike Miclon
With everything from wacky characterizations and sight gags to, in fact, juggling –
and plenty of costumes, props and audience participation – Miclon’s performances
provide “laugh till you cry” fun for the all ages.

8:00 – 8:45, 9:15 – 10:00, 10:30 – 11:15
Roderick Russell – Almost Psychic!
Be amazed…if Sherlock Holmes had a stage show, this would be it
Interactive and delightfully weird AND special feature: sword swallowing…

South Church
5:00 – 9:00
Warm Up with a Chili Dinner!
Chili dinner and cookoff.
Proceeds fund mission work in Appalachia

5:00 – 5:45, 6:15 – 7:00
Rock My Soul
Can we get an “amen”? Great gospel music and more.

8:00 – 8:30, 9:45 – 10:15
Salt River
Fine folk music…


8:45 – 9:30, 10:30 – 11:15
Wooden Eye
Featuring a skillful blend of country, folk gospel, blues, jug band and other roots music.

Temple Israel
8:15 – 9:00, 9:30 – 10:15, 10:45 – 11:30
Randy Armstrong Trio with Jose Duque & Volker Nahrmann
World Fusion Jazz on 25 instruments from around the Globe…..

United Methodist Church Hall
8:15 – 9:00, 9:30 – 10:15, 10:45 – 11:30
All Together Now
“We all live in a yellow submarine…”

W.E.S.T. – West End Studio Theatre
5:00 – 5:30, 6:00 – 6:30
Pontine Theatre
“A Child’s Christmas in Wales” 

8:00 – 8:45, 9:00 – 9:45
New Hampshire Theatre Project
“The Play’s the Thing!”
New Hampshire Theatre Project artists Genevieve Aichele, CJ Lewis, Peter Motson
and Kathleen Somssich invite you to join them in an evening of theatre games, comedy improv and fun!
It’s the new year – take a chance and try something completely different!
(Recommended for ages 10 to adult).

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Children’s Winter Wonderland Tea

At Portsmouth Public Library, Children of all ages are invited to an afternoon of wintery fun and wintery treats in the Levenson Room.

Enjoy hot cocoa and join the creative college-aged hosts from UNH Alpha Delta Phi co-ed literary society to make snowflake cutouts, pipe cleaner reindeer and candy canes, marshmallow snowmen, and more.

Learn fun winter facts and explore the science behind snowflakes.

Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a parent.

Portsmouth Public Library 175 Parrott Ave. Portsmouth, NH. 603-427-1540

Vintage Christmas

The Music Hall and Strawbery Banke Museum are teaming up this year to bring “Vintage Christmas” in Portsmouth to residents and visitors. The month-long holiday celebration features everything from candlelight strolls at Strawbery Banke Museum and live holiday performances at the Music Hall to the new Pop Up Market at the Music Hall Loft.

Experience the magic of an old fashioned Christmas season at the 33rd Annual Candlelight Stroll through Strawbery Banke’s outdoor living history museum. Get $2 off on all tickets purchased before Nov. 30. Tickets can be bought online or at the museum store. Dec. 1st & 2nd, Dec. 8th & 9th, Dec. 15th & 16th. Saturday’s 5-9 PM. Sunday’s 4-8 PM at Strawberry Banke.