First Night® Portsmouth 2018 Activities and Entertainment

Outdoors...
Street Dance: 5pm - Midnight
Sponsors: Piscataqua Landscaping & Tree Service and Piscataqua Savings Bank
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. (6pm)

Fireworks Display at 7:30
South Mill Pond

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

Countdown to Midnight at the Street Dance!
Market Square

Indoors...
Saint John's Fellowship Hall
4:00 - 7:30 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 - 8:45, 9:15 - 10:00, 10:30 - 11:15
Roderick Russell - Mind Reader and Sword Swallower!

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

5:00 - 5:30, 6:30 - 7:00
Sammie Haynes & 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!

Saint John's Church
101 Chapel Street
7:00 - 7:45, 8:15 - 9:00, 9:30 - 10:15
Portsmouth Symphony Players
Cello quintets by Schubert and Glazunov, and Boccherini's, "Night Music of the Streets of Madrid," featured in the movie, "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World."

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
Rock My Soul
Can we get an "amen"? Great gospel music and more.

7:15 - 8:00, 8:15 - 9:00, 9:15 - 10:00
Jeff Warner & Bruce McIntyre trade sets with Great Bay Sailor... Maritime, Celtic, Americana and Tunes of the Season - a must see!
10:20 - 11:00, 11:15 - 11:55
The Cormac McCarthy Band
Amazing singer-songwriter AND a fantastic band!

Temple Israel
200 State Street
8:15 - 9:00
Randy Armstrong and Genevieve Aichele - World Tales: Stories and Music from Around the World
9:30 - 10:15, 10:45 - 11:30
Randy Armstrong - World Fusion Music on 25 instruments from around the Globe…..

United Methodist Church Hall
129 Miller Avenue
8:15 - 9:00, 9:30 - 10:15, 10:45 - 11:30
Elvis and the J.C. Underhill Band
A legendary combination...one stage...one night...one lucky City...

First Day Activities...

First Day Hike:
Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion State Historic Site, Portsmouth NH

Join park staff and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests land stewards for a self-guided natural history tour of the Little Harbor Loop Trail. The loop trail is considered an easy 1.5 mile hike that will take approximately 1-1.5 hours to hike.
Guides will be present to share the natural history of the abutting Creek Farm Reservation. Join us to seek signs of wildlife, watch shorebirds on the tidal flats, discover a tidal pool, and enjoy the many varieties of tree and plants that highlight Creek Farm as a unique coastal habitat.
After the hike, enjoy a warm drink and snack inside the park’s visitor center. Bureau of Historic Sites, Wentworth Coolidge Mansion, guides will be on site to answer any questions you may have regarding this historic and architectural gem.
Link to their site here.
Event begins at 12pm and ends at 3pm.
-Address: 375 Little Harbor Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801
-Parking: Main parking lot
-Onsite Registration: Inside the visitor center from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
-Pets Permitted: No

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