First Night gets 2017 off to promising start in Morristown

Johnny Peers and one of his Muttville Comix at First Night Morris County 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Johnny Peers and one of his Muttville Comix at First Night Morris County 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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MUTTVILLE COMIX TO THE RESCUE! Johnny Peers' performing rescue dogs were a big hit at First Night 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
MUTTVILLE COMIX TO THE RESCUE! Johnny Peers’ performing rescue dogs were a big hit at First Night 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Already, we’re liking 2017 better than its predecessor.

Peter LaBlanca sings Tom Petty at MPAC for First Night Morris County 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Brian LaBlanc sings Tom Petty at MPAC for First Night Morris County 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

The 25th anniversary edition of First Night Morris County  got things off to a great start on Saturday night. 

The weather was dry and seasonably crisp, the fireworks were right on time, and entertainment recruited by Morris Arts was superb.

And the crowd size approached last year’s 5,800 patrons, according to First Night Director Craig Schlosser.

Sheila Miller of Cedar Knolls was a happy repeat customer.

“It’s just such a lovely way to celebrate the coming of the New Year, and the quality of the musicianship was wonderful,” Miller said after hearing Solid Brass perform in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, resplendent with poinsettias and holiday wreaths. “It’s a lovely atmosphere. Everyone’s pleasant and happy.”

Twenty-seven venues across Morristown were overflowing with art, comedy, dance and music.  We’ll post more highlights soon. In the meantime, have a look at these snaps, and check out our live-streamed videos on MorristownGreen.com’s Facebook page.

MorristownGreen.com is a proud sponsor of First Night Morris County.

MORE COVERAGE OF FIRST NIGHT MORRIS 2017

Revelers watch midnight fireworks at First Night Morris 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Revelers watch midnight fireworks at First Night Morris 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Johnny Peers and one of his Muttville Comix at First Night Morris County 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Johnny Peers and one of his Muttville Comix at First Night Morris County 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
BALANCING ACT: Johnny Peers and one of his Muttville Comix. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
BALANCING ACT: Johnny Peers and one of his Muttville Comix. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Dan Sang, 8, shows off his Lego superhero at First Night Morris 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Dan Sang, 8, shows off his Lego superhero at First Night Morris 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Fire Chief Robert Flanagan and Colleen Carey with their Lego fire station. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Fire Chief Robert Flanagan and Colleen Carey with their Lego fire station. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Tara Lawton and Corey J. Feldman of Cousin Earth at First Night Morris 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Tara Lawton and Corey J. Feldman of Cousin Earth at First Night Morris 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Joey Calfa, ukulele wizard of Cousin Earth, at First Night Morris 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Joey Calfa, ukulele wizard of Cousin Earth, at First Night Morris 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Connor Carew and Patrick Toon of the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ st First Night Morris County 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Connor Carew and Patrick Toon of the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ send up Abbott & Costello at First Night Morris County 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
A big crowd packed the St. Peter's parish hall for Shakespearean parody. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
A big crowd packed the St. Peter’s parish hall for Shakespearean parody. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Renowned harmonica player Rob Paparozzi at First Night Morris 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Renowned harmonica player Rob Paparozzi at First Night Morris 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

 

Frances Catherine Ihling, with David Ross and Dan Mulvey at the Presbyterian Parish House for First Night Morris County 2017. Photo by Kevin Couoghlin
Frances Catherine Ihling, with David Ross and Dan Mulvey at the Presbyterian Parish House for First Night Morris County 2017. Photo by Kevin Couoghlin
AULD LANG SYNE, from Solid Brass Lite at St. Peter's, for First Night Morris County 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin, Dec. 31, 2016
AULD LANG SYNE, from Solid Brass Lite at St. Peter’s, for First Night Morris County 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Legos were a hit at First Night Morris 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Legos were a hit at First Night Morris 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Dr. Lynn Siebert of Morris Arts, artistic programmer for First Night; Director Craig Schlosser, and his mom, Joyce Schlosser, at silver anniversary of First Night. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Dr. Lynn Siebert of Morris Arts, artistic programmer for First Night; Director Craig Schlosser, and his mom, Joyce Schlosser, at silver anniversary of First Night. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
South Street was bustling on New Year's Eve. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
South Street was bustling on New Year’s Eve. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Two fireworks shows for the price of none: Free displays welcome 2017 to Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Two fireworks shows for the price of none: Free displays welcome 2017 to Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Fireworks over Court Street for First Nights Morris County 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Fireworks over Court Street for First Nights Morris County 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

 

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