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.
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.
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!).
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?”
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.
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.
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.