Forecast for First Night Morris: Frosty, festive, fun

Highlights from First Night Morris 2013:

Mother Nature is cooperating. The free shuttle buses are fueled up. Entertainers of all stripes are on their way.

Are you ready for First Night Morris County 2014?

“No one should be alone on New Year’s Eve. Everyone should have plans. And if you don’t have plans, we have some for you–at an affordable price,” said Michael Schmidt, chairman of First Night Morris.

first night 2014 posterThe children’s entertainment starts early on this New Year’s Eve, at 5 pm, with LEGO building, kids art, and face-painting and storytelling at Morristown High School.

The rest of the schedule– now billed as more than 300 artists and 80 performances–rolls out at 24 Morristown venues between 7 pm and midnight.

Fireworks are planned for 9:15 pm and again at midnight.

Admission badges are $25 ($22.50 each if you buy four or more) and can be purchased online until noon, and at the Mayo Performing Arts Center at 100 South St.– where hometown hero John Ginty is the featured attraction for the second half of the evening.

After 3 :30 pm, badges also will be for sale at the Morristown & Township Library at One Miller Road in Morristown. And they also will be available at the high school, as well as on the Morristown Green and at the First Night command center, in the Hyatt Conference Center at Headquarters Plaza.

Comedy, dance, drama, music of all kinds, hypnotists, reptiles– First Night Morris County has it all. Bios and performance times are here.   With careful planning, you can see at least four acts.

Refreshments will be sold at the high school and on the Green, another First Night first.  Some 150 volunteers are prepared to make everything run smoothly, and 2,000 badges already have been sold, Michael said.

These videos give a glimpse of the genres and artists:

World Music: Why venture abroad when the world comes to Morristown on First Night?

Folk music: Joni Mitchell + Daffy Duck = John Forster?

Clean comics, kazoo virtuosos and Honest Abe…this must be First Night Morris County

Jazz & Blues legends coming to First Night Morris

Morristown’s hometown headliner at First Night Morris, John Ginty

Bullwhips, dinosaurs and Deadwood Dick: Kids’ stuff coming to First Night Morris

The forecast is for a crisp, clear night in the upper 20s–ideal for some family-friendly, alcohol-free holiday cheer to welcome 2014.

“Come one, come all,” Michael said. “This is going to be a fantastic night with even better programs than ever before.”



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