Whoop it up! First Night Virginia calls for noise
Imagine The Beatles, live, on stage, right here in Charlottesville for three thrilling performances at the Omni Hotel ballroom. On New Year’s Eve, everyone in town can have this dream…#9 Dream, that is.
Our hometown, real-as-can-be Beatles tribute group is only one of dozens of delightful entertainment possibilities offered at First Night Virginia. With a theme of “Let’s Make Some Noise,” this annual family friendly, alcohol-free end-of-the-year celebration blasts off at 3:30pm and doesn’t stop until fireworks boom us into 2003.
Among the noisemakers performing in venues all around the downtown area will be lots of other local favorites including two all-star jazz concerts featuring John D’earth, Robert Jospé, Jeff Decker, and others. Country-folk singer-songwriter Terri Allard and her band will perform, as will Robin and Linda Williams, the Hogwaller Ramblers, and oh so many others.
Little folks (and big ones, too) will enjoy imaginative stories from around the world told by “Tell Us a Tale” personalities Peter Jones and Jen Hoffman. Before ringing in the new year, these masters of character voices will attempt to tell at least one tale from each of the seven continents. Fans of this nationally syndicated local radio show will also enjoy the appearance of Tell Us a Tale musical regulars Jan Smith Band in an acoustic roundtable that also includes performances by Danny Schmidt and Paul Curreri.
Old Michie Theatre presents the puppet show “Pinocchio and the Fire-Eater.” The Virginia Discovery Museum invites kids in to play and make noisemakers. A “Creation Station” set up at the Monticello Event and Conference Center features clowns, magicians, face painting, jugglers, and other artists and performers for warm indoor family fun. A hilarious husband and wife comedy team, Jessie and James, bring an explosion of physical comedy to the stage in Lane Auditorium, and hypnotist Zack Thomas works his own special magic at Temple Beth-Israel.
There’s just too much fun happening in this all-out New Year’s bash that promises to be the best— and noisiest — party in town.
A complete list of performers, a map, and a schedule of events are available in the FNV program guide or on-line at HYPERLINK "http://www.firstnightvirginia.org" www.firstnightvirginia.org. Admission is $10 adults, $5 children 4-12. Buttons and programs are available at Kroger, Timberlakes, Plan 9 Records, Wal*Mart, and Spencer’s 206. For additional information or to volunteer to work at First Night, call 975-8269.