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Schedule of Events, Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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Noon - Midnight; Sidney Friedman Park, South Allen Street and State College Municipal Building
Giant Ice Sculptures
10:00 a.m. - midnight; South Allen Street and Sidney Friedman Park | Map
First Night State College Ice Sculptors in Action
10:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.; South Allen Street
Celebrating their 17th year, The First Night State College Ice Sculptors will carve over 100 blocks—that’s more than 10 tons!--of crystal clear Pennsylvania ice for this year’s First Night. Under the direction of captain Ernie DiMartino, the Ice Sculptors are expected to include Ernie DiMartino, Richard Alford, Robert Higareda, Gary Glenn, Jared McAlister, Joe DiMartino, and Ryan Crosby. The large walls and sculptures are created from blocks that are produced in a special Clinebell freezing process that makes beautifully clear ice. FNSC uses ice blocks manufactured by DiMartino Ice and Strickler Ice Company of Huntingdon.
Academy of Sacred Music
6:30 p.m.; St. Andrew's Episcopal Church | Map
Julie Hanlon, soprano, James White, bass-baritone, and Asa Carns, pianist, join their considerable talents to present a variety of seasonal and sacred selections, and more. All three Central Pennsylvania musicians collaborate regularly through the Academy of Sacred Music. The Academy promotes sharing, scholarship, consultation and skill development in the field of sacred music through ongoing formation of musicians from all religious traditions.
8:30 p.m.; St. Andrew's Episcopal Church | Map
Air Dynamics!, State College’s, first professional flute ensemble, is comprised of members of the Nittany Valley Symphony flute section Diane Gold Toulson, Cathy Herrera and Susan Kroeker, with the addition of Smith Toulson. The group performs works for flute duo, trio, and flute quartet, in styles that range from Baroque to Brazilian. The group has performed regionally at Penn State’s Palmer Museum of Art and at Penn State Flute Day. Susan Kroeker (814) 234-3716
8:00 p.m.; University Baptist & Brethren Church | Map
Archie Blue was formed by State College pianist Arthur Goldstein in 1979 and was a fixture in the local music scene for most of the 1980s and provided the soundtrack for the award winning film, Magic in the Afternoon before the band members went their separate ways. Fast forward to 2012 and the band performed again publically for the first time in years to a warm reception. Archie Blue’s music has been called “fusion”, “jazz-rock” and even “prog rock”. Band leader Goldstein says it best: intelligent rhythm music.
Arietta Women’s Ensemble
9:30 p.m.; St. Paul's United Methodist Church | Map
Arietta Women’s Ensemble, under the direction of Janice Mianulli, was founded in 2001 by a group of musicians who did not want to give up singing during the State College Choral Society summer hiatus. Since its inception, Arietta has performed with the State College Choral Society, and at national conferences at Penn State in addition to performing for church, community and service organizations, as well as at private events. Arietta has joined the Juniata College Women’s Chamber Choir for the past several years to perform Holiday concerts, both in State College and Huntingdon, performed in rich Renaissance costuming. Arietta is best known for their rich “womanly” sound, their extraordinary musicianship, and their ability and willingness to take on challenging and unique repertoire of all styles, ages, cultures and languages. Carolee Grillo (814) 867-1470
3:00 p.m.; Faith United Church of Christ | Map
Low brass instruments are the foundation of any concert band but don’t get to be in the spotlight very often. Below Centre is a tuba quartet from State College, Pennsylvania. Leigh Hurtz, Mike Loewen, Phil Jensen and Leif Jensen play music arranged for two euphoniums and two tubas. You will enjoy the deep and rich harmonies and altogether unique sound as they select from a repertoire that includes traditional, classical, marches, ragtime, jazz, Latin, popular tunes, novelty pieces and more. Leif Jensen (814) 234-7810
8:00 p.m.; Faith United Church of Christ | Map
Biscuit Jam performs unique acoustic interpretations of classic rock favorites as well as traditional folk songs and Americana-flavored original compositions. The band has performed at nightspots in the State College area as well as at several central Pennsylvania festivals and at many private events. Mark Hill (814) 883-3057
3:30 7:30 and 10:15 State Theatre | Map
Originally from Johnstown, Jonathan Burns graduated from Millersville University with a degree in art education. But instead of becoming an art teacher, museum docent, or working at Starbucks, he took to the stage as his full time job. And it’s not because he doesn’t know anything about art or can’t make a decent double tall soy latte. You see, Jonathan has unusual talents of contorting his body in wacky ways, doing comedy, and magic tricks, and various sideshow stunts. He has performed at over 250 colleges & universities, at festivals across the US, Canada, China, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland, & the UK. He was recently featured on The Jay Leno Show & The Late Show with David Letterman. When he’s not performing he can usually be found in an airport terminal or spending time with his lovely wife & daughter.
4:00 p.m. State College Presbyterian Church | Map
For the 11th year, this traditional band brings music from Ireland and Scotland to the mountains of central Pennsylvania. The four women of Callanish, Patty Lambert, Gretchen Seaver Lee, Holly Foy and Louisa Smith share the music of their heritage - reels, jigs, polkas, hornpipes, and songs of love and longing for homeland. Callanish has recently performed at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, the Centre County Grange Fair, Laurelfest, and the Williamsport Community Arts Center, where the band opened for Women of Ireland.
Patty Lambert (814) 692-8966
Sponsored by Downtown State College Improvement District
+ $ 7 p.m.; Mayor Welch Plaza
$5.00 per person plus a 2014 First Night Button
Three carriages drawn by Percheron draft horses will take you back in time as they take you through downtown State College. Dress warmly—it’s difficult to turn up the heat in an open carriage. Rides are on a first come, first served basis. Due to high demand, not all of those wishing to ride may be accommodated. David Hershey (814) 684-3400 Jim Swartz (717) 527-4782 Terry Woodring (814) 224-4999
Kim Cook & Anne Sullivan
10:15 p.m.; St. Andrew's Episcopal Church | Map
Cellist Kim Cook has performed to critical acclaim as a soloist in 27 countries and has toured as Artistic Ambassador for the U.S. State Department. Cook, the inaugural Penn State Laureate, teaches a cello studio that attracts students from all over the world. Recent performances include recitals in New York, Baltimore, and the University of Cambridge, and concerto performances with the Dublin Festival Orchestra in Ireland, the Volgograd Symphony in Russia, and the Ukrainian State Orchestra in Kiev.
Harpist Anne Sullivan began her career as a concert harpist at age twelve when she appeared twice as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. A native of the Philadelphia area and a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, she is in demand as a recitalist, chamber musician and symphonic soloist. She is the author and arranger of more than two dozen works for harp and has published a series of ear training books specifically for the harp student. Her dedication to the development of complete musicianship skills in her students has brought her acclaim both as a teacher and a lecturer. Currently, she is the harp instructor at the University of Delaware and at Swarthmore College.
Mark DeRose & the Dreadnought Brigade
8:30 p.m.; Grace Lutheran Church | Map
Imagine if you will James Taylor and Dave Matthews enjoying each other’s company contemplating pop rock. Their musical progeny would be Mark DeRose and The Dreadnought Parade. The band’s tuneful music is filled with wry metaphors of hope and celebration—the things that makes feel good music feel good. The entire band—Mark DeRose, Aaron Gagne, Jason Mundok, and Steven Courtney—brings high-energy, blue-eyed soul to their folky, funky shows. Mark DeRose (717) 676-9519
10:15 p.m.; Grace Lutheran Church | Map
No two ways about it, Deirdre Flint is a perennial favorite with First Night-ers.
Deirdre Flint is a Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter. She writes songs about the trials of being an introvert, the Failed Metric Coup of 1975, horrendous bridesmaids dresses, and all the warped and wonderful experiences of adolescence.
After sixteen years of Catholic Schooling, Deirdre finally went secular and received her Masters Degree in Elementary Education from The University of Pennsylvania. She’s taught elementary school in California, Washington DC, Philadelphia and New Jersey.
Deirdre’s music has been heard on lots of TV shows aimed at an audience with high SAT scores in addition to a smattering of radio stations that you find down on the left hand side of the dial.
Deirdre Flint (215) 668-6472
Giant Puppet Display
6:00 p.m.; Canterbury Hall, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church | Map
, 208 West Foster Avenue
Discover the well-populated menagerie of giant papier-mâché creatures made to be worn or carried in the First Night Procession. Dragons, lions, fish, carousel animals and everything in between will be primping before their big moment in the First Night procession. We have something for everyone—men, women, short, tall, big, little, young, old. When it comes to puppets, one size does not fit all. The procession starts promptly at 6:30 p.m.
One high point of First Night® State College, the Grand Procession, steps off at 6:30 pm on New Year's Eve, December 31st. The Grand Procession features an array of giant papier mache puppets consisting of birds, lions, wizards, and other animals, brought to life by your friends and neighbors. Local drummers are also welcome to join in by utilizing one of our African drums or by bringing their own drum.
Unlike a parade, the procession invites spectators to join in, for when it comes to this Grand Procession, the more really is the merrier. We have oodles of puppets in a wide variety of sizes, so there really is one that’s just right for you. If you would like to be a part of the Grand Procession, please meet no later than 6:00 pm in Canterbury Hall, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 208 West Foster Avenue.
The First Night® procession isn’t just for kids; some of the pieces are so large that they must be carried by adults. And some even require more than one adult. It’s a great activity for a bunko group, a church circle, or any other group of people.
(And –admit it—didn’t you always want to march down the middle of the street as a giant purple aardvark?)
1:00 p.m.; Faith United Church of Christ | Map
Heritage Brass extensive music library includes music for dancing, complete church services, marches, pop tunes, jazz, swing & show tunes, Dixieland, complete weddings, and Christmas tunes. The quality of playing is always top shelf and the music always enjoyable and entertaining. Jim Ressler (717) 667-6342
4:30, 7:00, & 9:00 p.m..; Penn State Downtown Theatre Center | View Map
Best described as a show without boundaries, Hilby is the living proof that being German doesn’t mean you can’t be funny. While being an expert in juggling all sorts of objects and subjects as well as countless circus and variety skills (such as unicycling, ropewalking, unsupported ladder, fire manipulations and eating, balancing stunts and the list goes on and on), he really gets his audience involved and creates magical and hilarious moments through their participation. Hilby has performed around the world—literally—and is looking forward to his first appearance at First Night State College.
5:00; 6:45 & 9:30 p.m.; State College Municipal Building Community Room
Joe Holiday is an award winning magician who has been working in the entertainment industry for over twenty years. From Singapore and Seoul South Korea to the casinos of Atlantic City, his hometown, Joe’s family-friendly approach to magic and comedy has made him an audience favorite on cruise ships, at amusement parks, and private and corporate events the world over.
Rick Hirsch 4 + 1
10:15 p.m.; University Baptist & Brethren Church | Map
Ring in the New Year with this stimulating concert of progressive jazz. Local faves Kevin Lowe (drums), Jeff Beck (bass), Mac Himes (guitar), and Rick Hirsch (saxophone) will be joined by the fantastic British trumpeter/composer Eddie Severn.
Severn is a world-class dynamo on trumpet, expressive on flugelhorn, and a creative composer. You can expect to hear this exciting band navigate Severn’s compositions as well as some of the standbys of their own repertoire. Rick Hirsch (814) 867-9935
Sponsored by Hold-It Self Storage
8:00 p.m. State College Presbyterian Church | Map
Sue Trainor (410) 381-2834
Hot Soup is your blue ribbon recipe for harmony! Sue Trainor, Christina Muir, and Jennie Avila blend their stylistically diverse musical talents to cook up a spicy vocal trio. Audiences rave over their close harmonies and the variety in their repertoire, from ballads to blues, from retro to novelty songs. Add delicious licks on guitars, harp, mountain dulcimer, conga, and udu, and you’ve got a delicious recipe for a spirited and soup-erbly engaging performance.
Noon and 7:00 p.m.; Downsborough Room, Schlow Centre Region Library | Map
Magician and balloon animal-ologist Dennie Huber is a veteran entertainer, performing at fairs, festivals, and events throughout Central Pennsylvania. The noon show is free to the public.
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, & 10 p.m.; Pegula Ice Arena
CATA Shuttle bus service runs to the rink from College Avenue.
Sponsored by Geisigner
Ice skating, accompanied by the sounds of Larry Moore Productions, is FNSC’s most popular events, and makes a great way to slide into 2014. Skaters glide and dance to music provided by LMP. Ice will be resurfaced at 45 minutes past the hour. Ice skates may be rented for $1.75.
Pegula Ice Arena, (814) 865-4102; Larry Moore Productions (814) 466-7643
6 p.m; Appalachian Outdoors
You won’t want to miss the State College High School Thespians as live mannequins in the window.
Ted McCloskey and Friends
6:00 p.m.; State College Presbyterian Church | Map
Ted McCloskey’s award winning music has been featured on AMC’s The Walking Dead, NBC’s, The Voice, and on PBS, MTV, Discovery, and The History Channel, among others. In March 2013 Honda Motors picked up a track from his 2012 album, The Last of the Pin-Up Girls for use in a national television ad campaign. Ted joins with some friends for a special First Night performance.
Middle-earth Studios presents The Pirates of Buccaneer Isle
2:00 & 4:00 p.m.; Westminster Hall, State College Presbyterian Church | Map
dress-up story theatre
Since ancient times storytelling has enchanted people of all ages. Middle-earth Studios’ kind of story-telling is an interactive celebration that brings out the kid in everyone. Anyone can be a part of our story and they costume up to 100 people from the crowd. For days afterwards you’ll still hear people talking about the show where they did things they never thought they’d do.
This year’s show is called The Flying Pegasus, or The Pirates of Buccaneer Isle. By representing themselves as wealthy noblemen, a group of lonely, shifty pirates entice a party of noble English ladies to sail to their tropical island, to become their brides. The pirates' plans are foiled by a colony of lovely mermaids and by the efforts of the brave sailors of the ship the Flying Pegasus. Carl Odhner, (610) 756-4234
Nittany Highland Pipe Band
4:30 p.m.; St. Paul's United Methodist Church | Map
The Nittany Highland Pipe Band is one of the only pipe & drum bands in Central Pennsylvania. Tthe band draws players from the State College, Lock Haven, Williamsport, Lewistown, and Altoona areas, encompassing an extremely broad area. The band maintains an active performance schedule, serving the community through performances in parades, festivals, benefits, and gatherings across the state, as well as offering instruction on the Great Highland Bagpipe and highland drumming.
The band's kilts are in the Ancient Forbes tartan.
3:00 p.m.; University Baptist & Brethren Church | Map
Revamped is an independent duo comprised of violinists Mark Minnich and Sally Williams Minnich, who have been bringing the precision of classical training together with the energy of pop concerts ever since since establishing the group in 2008. They have performed in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Washington D.C., and abroad in Austria and Greece.
Sally Williams Minnich has appeared as a soloist at numerous events, including the Electronic Music Midwest Festival in 2011 and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in violin performance from Bowling Green State University. She is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in music education at Penn State while researching and developing a method for public school string education.
Mark Minnich began his musical training with piano at age five and violin at age nine and has toured with ensembles in Canada, Germany, Austria, Poland, Greece, China and Tanzania. He has been teaching private lessons since 2007, instructing students of all ages and levels.
2:00 p.m.; State College Presbyterian Church | Map
The Nittany Knights are living proof of the enduring popularity of barbershop music. Barbershop music, with its close, unaccompanied four-part harmonies, is a uniquely American musical folk art. Although scholars cannot pinpoint where or when this art form was born, the growth of the tradition was certainly aided between the 1860s and 1920s by the types of songs popular at the time - songs characterized by sentimental lyrics and uncomplicated melodies that could be easily harmonized with a variety of four-part chords.
One Block Ice Sculpture Exhibit
10 a.m. – midnight; Downtown and Sidney Friedman Park | Map
The One-Block Ice Sculpture Exhibit runs through noon on January 1st. Sponsored by State College area businesses, over seventy-five one-block ice sculptures are displayed for your enjoyment. Please follow the Ice Sculpture Map in our program guide for a walking tour of visual enchantment. Be sure to bring your camera and allow plenty of time to see our spectacular display!
Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Michigan State Big 10 Opener
+ $5 5:00 p.m.; Bryce Jordan Center
Wear your First Night button and join the Nittany Lions as they ring in the New Year in their Big Ten opener against Michigan State at 5:00 p.m. on December 31, 2013. Your First Night button enables you to purchase a single game ticket for just $5.00. Make Penn State basketball part of your First Night celebration!
Pepper Lotus Tribal Belly Dance Troupe
5:00 p.m.; University Baptist & Brethren Church | Map
Middle Eastern dance
The troupe performs Improvisational Tribal Style belly dance, a modern American take on traditional belly dance. Many members are also highly trained in more classic genres of belly dance, so the troupe also showcases a full variety of belly dance styles from around the world. Pepper Lotus Tribal, the regions only professional belly dance troupe, is directed by Shannon Bishop. Shannon Bishop (814) 883-1131.
The Puppet Factory presents The Flying Tortoise
1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., & 5:00 p.m. Days Inn Penn State | Map
Since 1970, master puppeteer Carolyn Koerber has presented puppet theater that excites the imagination. An outstanding artist, she has performed for the Smithsonian Institution’s Discovery Theater, The National Theater, and thousands of schools, theaters, and community groups throughout the mid-Atlantic area.
Carolyn returns to First Night State College with The Flying Tortoise, a trickster tale from Nigeria. This is the story of a mischief-making tortoise named Mbeku, who has a beautiful golden shell and thinks he deserves the best of everything. Every day, he finds clever ways to trick the other animals and steal their food. One day, the animals plan a trick of their own that leaves Mbeku with a dull, bumpy shell. But this trickster is a true survivor who outsmarts them all in the end!
Ron Ray – Organ Grinder
7:00 p.m.; State College Municipal Building Plaza | Map
The hand cranked street organ was developed in 18th century Europe as a small instrument used to aid in training songbirds to sing specific songs. From this humble beginning, this small musical box evolved into larger instruments that we think of as street organs. As in pipe organs, sounds are created when a bellows forces air through organ pipes of different sizes. A roll of perforated paper, like a piano roll, controls which pipes open and which close, to create the enjoyable melodies we hear.
Phil Spangler & Joel Blunk
10:00 p.m.; State College Presbyterian Church | Map
Phil and Joel perform original songs that help us understand that our everyday hopes, fears, joys, and sorrows are anything but pedestrian. Phil and Joel pursued musical careers in Los Angeles and Nashville before embracing the delights of Happy Valley and alternate careers as a contractor and a minister. Their thoughtful original songs and soft folk sound has garnered them a large and loyal following.
State College Area High School Jazz Band
6:30 p.m.; Grace Lutheran Church | Map
The State College Area High School Jazz Band is among the finest in the United States and has an international reputation for excellence. The band has received 30 consecutive years of superior ratings in festivals and competitions. The band has performed in Europe and closer to home in New York City in the Essentially Ellington Competition at Lincoln Center.
State College Area High School Thespians
4:00; 7:30 p.m.; Fairmount School Auditorium
(Use Fairmount Avenue Entrance)
The State High Thespians' Edinburgh Fringe Festival Troupe will present the Pennsylvania premiere of In Silence, a thoughtful Holocaust-themed one-act play with a resolution message for the New Year. The play poses a provocative question: "How do we know if we should speak up or remain "In Silence"? The performance will be accompanied by musical numbers from the Thespians' up-coming Fringe Festival performance, Alice in Concert, a zany and imaginative retelling of the Lewis Carroll classic. State High Thespians were selected from hundreds of applicants to appear with the American High School Theatre Festival at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, in August 2014. See Wonderland like you've never heard it! Suitable for ages 10 and above.
Summit Hill Bluegrass
10:00 p.m.; Faith United Church of Christ | Map
Strasburg, Pennsylvania’s Summit Hill Bluegrass is comprised of four members, Roger Eberlin on bass fiddle, mandolin and lead vocals, Ron McVey on fiddle, Elvin Burkhart on the banjo and Tim Kilby on guitar. The group has been playing together for over fifteen years. This show will be a special bluegrass gospel performance. Ron McVey (717) 687-0265
The Tarnished 6
4:30 p.m.; Grace Lutheran Church | Map
The Tarnished 6 Traditional Dixieland Jazz Band was formed in 1967 and has performed throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. The Tarnished 6 has many recordings including Live at HiWay Pizza.
3:30 p.m.; St. Andrew's Episcopal Church | Map
After returning from a tour of the Baltic States with the International Flute Orchestra, Judy Moore was inspired to form State College’s flute choir, Toot-in-Common. The group’s repertoire consists of popular and classical favorites arranged for flute choir and works written especially for flute choir. Instrumentation includes one piccolo, six to eight C flutes, two alto flutes, one bass flute, and one cello. In addition to performing at First Night State College, the group has performed at other festivals and events in Central Pennsylvania. Judy Moore (814) 235-6125
Tussey Mountain Moonshiners • bluegrass
5:30 p.m.; Faith United Church of Christ | Map
Fronted by talented multi-instrumentalist Stephen Buckalew, the Tussey Mountain Moonshiners is a quartet that plays traditional bluegrass, old-time, and folk music as well as original tunes. Winners of The Acoustic Brew’s local showcase competition, the Tussey Mountain Moonshiners are quickly becoming a favorite at Central Pennsylvania events. In 2010, the band won the DelFest Bluegrass Band Competition. The band’s first album, I’m Coming Home, was released in 2011. Gwen Stimely (814) 321-3408
7:30 p.m.; St. Paul's United Methodist Church | Map
Kevin Neidig and Les Vonderlin make up this award-winning duo based in Mechanicsburgh, which has been performing for over twenty years. Voxology has opened for the legendary Doc Watson, Peter Rowan and his Texas Trio, the Grammy award winning Alison Brown Quartet and the renowned folk artist Tom Paxton. They have been featured at music and arts festivals in the mid-Atlantic region, land, Arkansas, Virginia, West Virginia, Florida and Utah. They have produced four recordings, a self-titled debut CD Voxology, under the covers, Someday Soon and their latest release, Simply ... Voxology.
Two downtown churches will offer New Year’s Eve services. The public is invited to attend.
Faith United Church of Christ will hold a Worship Service at 7:00 p.m.
Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church will offer Holy Eucharist at 5:00 p.m.
This program contains all information available as of November 1, 2013. EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please call the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, producer of First Night State College, at (814) 237-3682. The Festival office is located at 403 South Allen Street, Suite 205A. The mailing address is P.O. Box 1023, State College, PA 16804
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