First Night® Portsmouth 2020 Activities and Entertainment

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Street Dance: 5pm - Midnight
Hosted by WSCA 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. (6pm)

Fireworks Display at 7:30
South Mill Pond

Ice Sculpture: Work commences at about 2pm
North Church @ Market Square

Countdown to Midnight at the Street Dance!
Market Square

Saint John's Fellowship Hall
5:00 - 7:30 Fabulous First Night® Face Painting

The Performances...
While the entire pro
gram is friendly to all, entertainment that is kid-centric is highlighted in red!
5:00 - 5:45, 6:15 - 7:00
Michael Trautman - NEW!
"The Ping Pong Guy" Comedy Magic & Juggling

8:00 - 8:45, 9:15 - 10:00, 10:30 - 11:15
(Doors close at the start of the show!)
Roderick Russell
Sword Swallower and Mind Reader!

The North Church
4:15 - 4:45, 5:45 - 6:15
Lindsay Aucella
Puppets galore!

5:00 - 5:30, 6:30 - 7:00
Amy Conley
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!

Middle Street Baptist Church
18 Court Street
7:00 - 7:45, 8:15 - 9:00, 9:30 - 10:15
Great Bay Sailor with Jeff Warner
Maritime, Celtic, Americana and Tunes of the Season - a must see!

Saint John's Church
101 Chapel Street
7:00 - 7:45, 8:15 - 9:00, 9:30 - 10:15
Duo Giocoso - Joyful Music of the Clarinet and Piano - NEW!
A program featuring Susan Adams, piano, and Santiago Baena, clarinet.

South Church/Unitarian Universalist Church
292 State Street
5:00 - 9:00 (or as long as supplies last!)
Warm Up with a Chili Dinner!
Chili dinner and cook-off benefits the Youth Service Fund.

5:00 - 5:45, 6:15 - 7:00
Hometown Roots - NEW!
Carol Coronis, Bob Halperin, and Jon Ross team up to create an uptempo Americana act incorporating, blues, roots, rock, country, Irish, and Greek influences.

7:30 - 8:15, 8:30-9:15
Ambulate as Tolerated - NEW!
The Ambulate as Tolerated project began in 2014 in South Berwick, Maine. The band consists of rhythm master Ted Smith, singer-songwriter Ryan Feeley, brilliant vocalist Julie Alexander, Pete Lassey's bluesy harp, and the talented Jeoff Jarnot on bass. These five came together on the campus of Berwick Academy and have thrived together as musicians, playing their favorite covers from Bob Dylan to Amy Winehouse to Wilco to OCMS as well as introspective yet catchy original tunes written by Ryan Feeley. These soulful folks rock their heartfelt harmonies that you're guaranteed to enjoy.

10:00-10:45, 11:00-11:45
The Cormac McCarthy Band
An amazing singer, songwriter teams up with a band that features a brilliant mix of rhythm & roots,Texas-swing, folk, country and more with 3-part harmonies, hot guitar and pedal steel.

Temple Israel
200 State Street
6:30 - 7:15
Randy Armstrong and Genevieve Aichele - World Tales: Stories and Music from Around the World
8:15 - 9:00, 9:30 - 10:15
Randy Armstrong - World Fusion Music on 25 instruments from around the Globe…..

"Show Us the Button"

The Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond 4:00 - 9:00.
On December 31st, Show your First Night Button and receive $1.00 off skating fee!

Support Pro Portsmouth

Special Thanks to:

 2021 Presenting Program Sponsor    


2021 Co-Title MSD 10K Sponsors


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