First Night State College: A family-oriented, alcohol-free, art- and music-centered New Year celebration!
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Workshops

Art and craft workshops for kids tap their creativity and inspiration. Workshops for adults include Zumba, belly dancing, and songwriting. Events marked with a require a First Night Button for admittance.

Workshops for Children

Sponsored by Kid-to-Kid, McLanahan’s Downtown Market and Sheetz

While we welcome folks of all ages at our children’s art and craft workshops, participants should be under 12 years old. Crafts are to be completed on site so that participants can take inspiration and share results with each other.

Glimmer Jars and Glow Bugs with Jill Lillie and Jan Becker (B)
2 to 4 p.m. | Social Hall, State College Presbyterian Church

Kids will learn that fireflies aren’t the only bugs that glow in this glowing workshop with Jill Lillie and Jan Becker. Kids can also make glimmer jars, or as a poet might say, “Twinkle twinkle little jar, shimmer glimmer like a star, In my bedroom every night, giving off a comforting light.”

Something Old Something New with DeeAnn Wylie (B)
Stay tuned for details

Workshops for Adults

Zumba with Teresa Soler (B)
12:00 p.m. | Westminster Hall, State College Presbyterian Church

Join Zumba instructor Teresa Soler for a free Zumba class. Zumba features dance steps that are fun and easy to follow…set to high energy music like salsa, merengue, hip-hop and bellydance! Zumba class is appropriate for all fitness levels and for any level dancer. You do not need any experience to join this class; just come ready to move! Teresa brings an authentic spicy Latin style into the Zumba class, and her energy and smile is contagious. The class is free and open to all: men, women and kids!

Pepper Lotus Belly Dance (B)
1:30 p.m. | The Attic, The State Theatre

This workshop is a great introduction to Improvisational Style Belly Dance with Shannon Bishop, the leader of Pepper Lotus Tribal. No experience in Middle Eastern Dance is necessary. You’ll shake and shimmy and wonder why you didn’t take up this popular art form sooner!

Songwriting Workshop with Jim Colbert and Hannah Bingman (B)
3:00 p.m. | The Attic, State Theatre

Jim Colbert and Hannah Bingman are both multiple-award winning singer songwriters. Between them they have garnered wins in songwriting competitions for the Susquehanna Folk Music Society (both have won first place), Pennsylvania Heritage, NewSong and the Rose Garden Coffeehouse. Both artists play regularly throughout the region and have performed at venues and festivals from New England to Texas. In 2013 Bingman released Loam to critical acclaim, and Colbert released a short run live EP that has gotten airplay around the country.

First Night workshops are made possible in part by a grant from the American Association of University Women, State College branch.