First Night® Portsmouth 2019 Activities and Entertainment

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Outdoors...
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. (6pm)

Fireworks Display at 7:30
South Mill Pond

Ice Sculpture: Work commences at about 1pm
North Church @ Market Square
Ice Designs by Jeff Day

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
Musical fun with Peter Sheridan

8:00 - 8:45, 9:15 - 10:00, 10:30 - 11:15
Peter Boie
Magician for Non-Believers

The North Church
4:15 - 4:45, 5:45 - 6:15
Lindsay Aucella and her Puppet Pals!
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!

Middle Street Baptist Church
18 Court Street
5:00 - 5:45, 6:15 - 7:00
River Sister
Vocalists Stefanie Guzikowski and Elissa Margolin deliver a sultry, silky blend alongside the addictive grooves of bassist Nate Therrien and drummer PJ Donahue. Indeed, the regional press notes, “the combination of these pieces makes for a fresh, cathartic addition to the indie-folk cannon.”

7:45 - 8:30, 9:00 - 9:45, 10:15 - 11:00
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
Portsmouth Symphony Quintet
The Portsmouth Symphony Players will be performing the iconic Beethoven Opus 59 No. 1 "Razumovsky" - commissioned by Count Razumovsky, the Russian Ambassador to Vienna. A powerful and profoundly positive work, it will usher in the New Year in dramatic fashion. They will send you off with the Radetsky March a la Vienna!

The Seacoast Repertory Theatre
125 Bow Street
5:00 - 5:45, 6:15 - 7:00
Daniel Forlano
“Tomfoolery with perfect timing, a rubber face changing expressions before you can blink, dexterity to make you hold your breath — Forlano is a one - man circus with an uncanny resemblance to the inimitable Danny Kaye with a pinch of Charlie Chaplin, a dash of Harpo and a splash of Buster Keaton. The shy guy becomes the highlight of the party without saying a word. To say more is to spoil the discoveries.”

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.

7:30 - 8:15, 8:45-9:30
Two Tined Fork
Nickie and Julie will delight you with their wonderful harmonies, guitar...and ukelele...and a "guest" tine or two!

10:00-10:45, 11:00-11:45
Cormac McCarthy and Friends
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…..

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