Ringing in the new year in Morristown, MG Kids-style

Illusionist Anthony Salazar pulls a bowling ball out of a pad of paper at the Mayo Performing Arts Center during First Night 2012 in Morristown. Paul Hausman photo
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By Carl Hausman, MG Kids correspondent

First Night in Morristown at the start of 2013 is the first-ever New Year’s Eve where there’s been snow that I can remember. This made all the different shows a lot more fun because you got to be inside and warm. But they were fun enough to begin with.

Illusionist Anthony Salazar pulls a bowling ball out of a pad of paper at the Mayo Performing Arts Center during First Night 2013 in Morristown. Paul Hausman photo

To start with, we went to see an illusionist called Anthony Salazar. That was my favorite. He did things like pull a bowling bowl out of a drawing on paper, cut his assistant in half (miraculously restoring her afterwards) and make a table float in the air. He also added a lot of comedic elements to the show. For example, he’d pretended to throw the bowling ball at the audience.

 
Carla Ulbrich and her husband, Klingon-impersonating Joe Giacoio, perform at the Market Street Mission during First Night 2013 in Morristown. Sharon Sheridan photo

Next, we went to see a comedian called Carla Ulbrich. She sang a lot of humorous songs about everything from highway signs to not getting what you wanted on your Christmas list. She played guitar while singing. For one song, she had her husband come up and pretend to be a Klingon.

After that came the 9 o’clock fireworks. We watched them from the top of the Bank Street parking garage. There were a lot of very exuberant people there. One family was even counting the fireworks (I’m sure they had trouble at the finale!). 

Carl Hausman watches fireworks from atop the Bank Street parking garage on First Night in Morristown. Sharon Sheridan photo

Then, we went to see another comedian, Moody McCarthy. He didn’t sing or anything. Instead, he told jokes and connected them to his own life. For example, he told the audience that his wife was scared that the government would try to steal her credit card if she got EZ Pass. He then made a joke about getting a bill in the mail and his wife asking, “Did you buy a fighter jet, because we owe $35 million?”

Moody McCarthy performs in the freeholders room during First Night 2013 in Morristown. Sharon Sheridan photo

As the last show, we went to see “The British Invasion Tribute.” I thought it was way too loud, and I really don’t like rock music, but I put up with it anyway because just before I had gotten hot chocolate.

The British Invasion Tribute, which featured music of the Beatles and more, performs during First Night in Morristown. Paul Hausman photo

Finally, we went up to the top of the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church bell tower. It was pretty windy up there, but it was worth it. You could see the whole of Morristown and beyond, so we got to see some very distant fireworks as well as the ones we were watching locally.

 

Fireworks, viewed from the top of the St. Peter's Episcopal Church bell tower, signal the start of 2013 in Morristown. Paul Hausman photo

The whole of First Night was lots of fun. I can’t wait for the next one!

Carl Hausman, 12, is a member of the youth group at St. Peter’s and attends Mount Olive Middle School in Flanders. Already taller than his mom, he has resolved to be even taller in 2013.

MG Kids correspondent Carl Hausman enjoys the comedy of Moody McCarthy during First Night 2013 in Morristown. Paul Hausman photo
MG Kids correspondent Carl Hausman poses atop the tower of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Morristown after watching the fireworks with his parents, MG Kids Editor Sharon Sheridan and MG photographer Paul Hausman.
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3 COMMENTS

  1. Hello, I’m doing a project for my architecture class on the history of Morristown’s buildings and I was wondering who I could talk to who would allow me to take pics from the top of St. Peter’s? Thank you very much for any info!

  2. What a wonderful night, The British Invasion Tribute was Just fab…..I brought them my brownies and carrot cupcakes. My family business, the Main Event by Melody, has been catering movie shoots and feeding the stars for more than 50 years. I was with them backstage trading Hollywood and musical group stories, I grew up in Hollywood in the movie and music industry and we had a lot to chat about.The British Invasion is so very talented and Princes of Men. What a performance, the night was rocking at the MAYO…Thanks guys, Happy New Year….Chef Melody

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