First Night®State College Visitors’ Guide
ABOUT FIRST NIGHT
First Night was first celebrated in Boston in 1976, an outgrowth of America’s Bicentennial celebration. The event provided one of America’s oldest cities with a new way of ushering in the New Year. First Night remained a Boston phenomenon until 1982, when First Night Virginia was founded in Charlottesville.
Today, First Night festivals are presented by a broad range of nonprofit organizations and municipal agencies across the country each December 31. First Night organizers share a commitment to promoting the performing and visual arts as catalysts for unifying their citizens on New Year’s Eve (and beyond) through imagination, creativity, and community participation. First Night organizers plan and produce festivals that reflect their particular constituents and celebrate their unique communities.
First Night State College is licensed to the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, Inc. No use of First Night State College may be made in connection with the manufacture and/or sale of merchandise without the CPFA’s express written approval.
Town & Gown’s First Night State College Official Program Guide is the official program guide for 2014 First Night State College. It is available in many locations in downtown State College during the month of December and on December 31 will be is available at performance venues and First Night State College’s Warm-Up and Information Station at Christian Science Reading Room and Bookstore, 218 S. Allen Street. This information site is open from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Please inquire there about the purchase of First Night State College buttons and for First Night information. Lost children, lost parents or lost personal items may be reported at the Warm-Up and Information Station or by calling the First Night State College office at 237-3682.
For non-emergency police assistance, call 863-1111 (Penn State) or 234-7150 (Borough of State College).
FIRST NIGHT STATE COLLEGE BUTTON
A 2014 First Night State College button provides general admission to workshops, indoor performances, and the Pegula Ice Arena on a first-come, first-served basis in addition to supporting the funding of other First Night events. Children 5 and under are admitted free with an adult.
2014 First Night State College buttons cost $10 each and may be purchased at businesses throughout the Centre Region, Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, and at performance sites on Tuesday, December 31st.
Special button 4-Packs are available for $35 (tax included) through Tuesday, December 24th at 4:00 pm only at these sites:
Centre County/Penn State Visitors’ Center, 800 East Park Avenue, State College
Penn State Federal Credit Union, 1937 North Atherton Street, State College and 123 Amberleigh Lane, Bellefonte
FIRST NIGHTSTATE COLLEGE WORLD WIDE WEB PAGES & SITE
The official 2014 First Night State College web site is www.firstnightstatecollege.com. Support for the web site has been generously provided by Homestead Graphics & Design.
WHAT TO WEAR
First Night State College events are held regardless of weather conditions! Wear more warm clothing than you think you’ll need.
NO ALCOHOL, PLEASE
First Night is an alcohol-free event. Additionally, State College’s open container ordinance prohibits public consumption of alcoholic beverages. Food or beverage consumption is not allowed at indoor performance sites.
WHEN TO ARRIVE
Performance sites have limited seating, and admission is first-come, first-served. If you cannot get into an event of your choice, consider other offerings. Plan your evening in advance and arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to the start of each event.
State College's public parking spaces are open for parking during First Night State College activities. Additional free parking is available on Penn State's University Park campus.
CATA BUS SERVICE DURING FIRST NIGHT STATE COLLEGE
Take the bus from downtown to the Pegula Ice Arena! Free and fully accessible CATA White Loop bus service will operate during First Night. The White Loop provides continuous service between the downtown and campus sites. The stops include Beaver Ave. & Allen St. (Schlow Library/CATA office), The Palmer Museum of Art, Pattee Library, and the Pegula Ice Arena. Service starts at Schlow Library at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday December 31, and operates every 10 minutes until 11: 30 p.m. The last complete trip leaves Schlow Library at 11:20 p.m.
CATA’s downtown office at Schlow Centre Region Library will be open from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. on December 31. Stop in for complimentary snacks, hot chocolate, or just to say “Happy New Year!” Accessible rest rooms are available.
The CATA White Loop is wheelchair accessible. Accessible sites are marked on the schedule of events grids in the First Night State College Official Program Guide.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
Emergency medical services are available from 5:00 p.m., December 31, to 1:00 a.m. January 1, on the corner of College Ave. and Allen Street. Emergency medical technicians are on duty.
Annual Chili Café at Faith United Church of Christ
300 East College Avenue
December 31, 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.;
A win-win New Year's Eve event! While enjoying a variety of delicious homemade chilies, corn breads, desserts and hot and cold beverages, you'll also be supporting Weatherization First, an interfaith effort to assist our neighbors in need in weatherizing their homes.
Visitors may use the Calder Way entrance to Romig Hall or the handicapped accessible entrance on Locust Lane.
University Baptist and Brethren Church Soups and Sweets Café
411 South Burrowes Street
December 31, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy delicious homemade breads, soups, desserts, and hot beverages in between your First Night activities in the lower level Fellowship Room of University Baptist and Brethren Church. A wheelchair accessible entrance (with lift) is available on Robin Alley next to the handicapped parking. Suggested donations support youth travel to volunteer work projects.
Hanson’s Original Kettle Korn
Sidney Friedman Park
Dec. 31, noon– 12:30 a.m.
The Hanson family arrived at First Night State College five years ago and have been collecting fans ever since! They produce delightfully different popcorn served fresh, sweet and warm from a copper kettle. They also offer hot beverages including hot chocolate, cider, and coffee at the top of Park.
South Allen Street
December 31, noon– 12:30 a.m.
Long an audience favorite at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, Heidi’s Strudel will serve up piping hot strudels along with delicious roasted nuts.
State College Sunrise Rotary Club
South Allen Street
December 31, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Rotarians serve up a hot and tasty New Year's Eve fare. The menu includes hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, sauerkraut, hot chocolate, cookies, and ring-pops. Proceeds will be used to support community organizations and projects.
48th Annual Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts
Children & Youth Day, July 9, 2014
Sidewalk Sale & Exhibition---July 10-13, 2014
Downtown State College Italian Street Painting Festival --- July 11-13, 2014
2015 First Night State College -- December 31, 2014