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December 27, 2012

A full First Night

Portsmouth celebration offers music, dance, ice sculptures and more

New Year’s Eve — a night to reflect on the year that was and look ahead to the days ahead. In other words, out with the old and in with the new.

And what better way to do just that than with some First Night festivities in Portsmouth? The New Hampshire city has hosted a New Year’s Eve celebration since 1986. Each year, the fun includes music, dance, ice sculptures and, of course, a fireworks display to welcome the new year.

First Night-goers won’t be disappointed this year again as a jam-packed afternoon and evening of activities and entertainment await the crowds of revelers.


Street Dance: 5 p.m. to midnight, Pleasant Street at Market Square. Hosted by WSCA — Portsmouth Community Radio

Make your New Year’s resolution on a star!

Stargazing: NH Astronomical Society, Pleasant Street.

Fireworks Display at 7:30 p.m. South Mill Pond

Countdown to Midnight in the Square at the Street Dance

Ice Sculptures: Work commences at about 1 p.m., North Church at Market Square


The Connie Bean Center Center, at The Portsmouth Middle School (155 Parrott Ave.)

Abracadabra! Magic with Phil Smith 4:15 to 5 p.m., 5:15 to 6 p.m.

155 Parrott Avenue Stories with Peter Sheridan 6:15 to 7 p.m.

4 to 9 p.m.

Bob Nilson, Caricatures galore

Face Painting

Late Night at the NEW ’Bean 8 to 10:30 p.m.

Battle of the Bands; local bands showcase their talents as they compete for a chance to play at Market Square Day this summer.

Middle Street Baptist Hall, 18 Court St.

Summer in the Street heads indoors! These two groups have been a part of the summer music series. Both feature outstanding local singer songwriters.

5 to 5:45 p.m., 6:15 to 7 p.m.

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.

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