First Night Alexandria New Year’s Eve Bash December 15, 2010

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December 2010

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Ann Dorman, ADorman@MeetingsandEventsofDistinction.com or 703-626-1266

Claire Mouledoux, CMouledoux@VisitAlexVA.com or 703-746-3309



First Night Alexandria New Year's Eve Bash


100 Live Performances Include A Capella, Swing, Argentinean Tango, Russian Folk, Cajun, Rock, and Jazz at 17 Venues Throughout Old Town


Plus Kids' Activities, Second Annual Fun Hunt, and Multimedia Fireworks Spectacular

 

CALENDAR LISTING: December 31, 2010, First Night Alexandria. Celebrate New Year's Eve with 100 live performances at 17 indoor venues, the Second Annual Fun Hunt, plus children's entertainment and interactive games, and a spectacular midnight finale with lasers, video, music and fireworks at the George Washington Masonic Memorial. Performances start at 7 p.m. throughout Old Town. Tickets can be purchased online through December 25 and at the Alexandria Visitors Center, located at 221 King Street. Additional ticket locations can be found at www.FirstNightAlexandria.org. $15 before December 21; $20 after. Children 12 and under are free. www.FirstNightAlexandria.org;703-746-3301.

 

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ALEXANDRIA, VA -  First it was TV megahits Glee and The Office . . . now First Night Alexandria is part of the nationwide a capella craze! The harmonies of two a capella ensembles are part of the colorful line-up of more than 100 live performances throughout Old Town Alexandria for First Night's annual New Year's Eve bash - professional a capella ensemble Musikanten and the popular College of William & Mary Stairwells. The Stairwells will usher in the New Year just prior to the fireworks finale.

 

Swing, Argentinean tango, Cajun, Russian folk, rock, blues, jazz, even a comedy magic show and entertainment for kids, are just some of the acts that can be found at 17 indoor venues throughout Old Town. With these performances, plus interactive kids' activities and the all-ages, brain-teasing Fun Hunt, First Night Alexandria is the largest family-friendly and alcohol-free New Year's Eve event in the region. Your ticket for the event is a First Night badge which gives you access to entertainment and activities at spots all around Old Town. This year's First Night headquarters is the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron Street, just blocks from King Street Metro Station.

 

Starting at 7 p.m., with your First Night badge and schedule in hand, stroll Alexandria's charming historic streets among venues, or hop on and off the free King Street Trolley to catch your favorite acts. Check out fabulous entertainment at venues including the Torpedo Factory Art Center, the Little Theatre of Alexandria, historic Christ Church, and the Lyceum. Museums, public buildings, and even retail shops are turned into performance venues to showcase incredible regional and national talent. Make a night of it with dinner at one of Old Town's acclaimed restaurants, or grab a bite to eat at designated First Night venues.

 

Award-winning acts include Al and Amy's Celtic and Appalachian acoustic groove, as heard on the Emmy-winning Ken Burns documentary "The National Parks: America's Best Idea", Grammy-nominated Bill Kirchen's roots rock and roll, and 2009 WAMA Best Jazz Recording winner Al Williams. QuinTango serenades with sounds from Argentina, and Russkie Musikanti will play Russian folk music that might be heard in the village after a long day's work. The History of Acoustic Blues show includes authentic instruments from the 1920s and 1930s and is performed by Curtis Blues who was voted Solo Blues Artist of the Year.

 

Dance the night away with the irresistible swing dance band King Teddy plus country and honky tonk by the Folsom Prisoners, Americana roots music by the Grandsons, the Cajun tunes of Zydeco Crayz, and the lively sounds of the Irish Breakfast Band.

 

Delight in the a capella renaissance with the Stairwells' mix of musical genres and holiday favorites, or the inspiring choral chamber sounds of professional a capella ensemble Musikanten.

 

This family-friendly event is chock full of activities for kids including face painting, moon bounce, clowns doing balloon sculptures, and interactive games. Try model boat building and sailing for an additional fee. Kids will also love the How-To Cowboy Joke Fest, sing-along and rhythm instruments with Mr. Don, and more. Alcohol-free venues keep it fun and accessible for all ages - and children under 12 are free.

 

New this year, First Night Alexandria's New Year's Eve midnight finale is exploding into a complete multimedia spectacular with videos, lasers, music AND fireworks. The city's most visible monument, the George Washington Masonic Memorial, will be the focus, with pyrotechnics that explode from the roof of the building! Be sure to grab a seat on the memorial lawn for a great view and to hear an inspiring vocal performance by the College of William & Mary Stairwells.

 

For an extra adventure, start your New Year's Eve fun in the afternoon with the Second Annual First Night Fun Hunt - which, by popular demand, has been made even more challenging this year! The scavenger-style hunt uses puzzles and clues to take teams to sites around Old Town and completed clue sheets are eligible to win great prizes. The Fun Hun is not a timed event. Everyone that completes the hunt will be eligible for prizes. Winners must be present at the kick-off event at the Durant Arts Center at 5 p.m. to claim their prizes.

 

"First Night is a blast whether you are celebrating as a family, out with friends, or on a date," says Charlotte Hall, First Night Alexandria board president and vice president of Potomac Riverboat Company. "No other ticket in town will get you a more fun variety of high caliber entertainment as you ring in the New Year."

 

This year's First Night has been made more green through a partnership with Dominion and Dominion Green Power which purchased renewable energy certificates on behalf of the event.

 

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IF YOU'RE GOING

 

WHAT:              First Night Alexandria

WHEN:             December 31, 2010

 

Second Annual Fun Hunt: 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kick-off Event at Durant Arts Center: 5 p.m.            

100 Live Performances throughout Old Town: 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Multimedia Fireworks Finale at George Washington Masonic Memorial: 12 midnight

 

WHERE:           Headquarters: Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314

                      Event: Throughout Old Town


INFO:               www.FirstNightAlexandria.org; 703-746-3301

 

TICKETS:         $15 before December 21; $20 after. Children 12 and under are free. Admission badges may be purchased online through December 25. Badges can be purchased in person at the Alexandria Visitors Center at Ramsay House, 221 King Street. On December 31, all First Night venues will have badges for sale beginning 15 minutes prior to the first performance. Admission badges will also be available beginning at noon on December 31 at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron Street.

 

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About First Night Alexandria 

First Night Alexandria began in 1994 as a celebration of the new year through the performing arts. Coffee shops, retail stores, hotels, museums and public buildings are turned into performance venues to showcase a variety of talent. First Night celebrations take place around the world and the event was founded in 1976 by a group of civic-minded artists in Boston as a meaningful alternative to traditional New Year's Eve revelry. To learn more, visit www.FirstNightAlexandria.org.

 

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