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First Night 2014: Schedule of Events

by and on December 31, 2013 8:00 AM

Schedule of Events

Resolution Exhibits

Noon - Midnight; Sidney Friedman Park, South Allen Street and State College Municipal Building

Giant Ice Sculptures

10 a.m. - midnight; South Allen Street and Sidney Friedman Park

First Night State College Ice Sculptors in Action

10 a.m.- 9 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 Richard Alford, Robert Higareda, Gary Glenn, Jared McAlister, Joe DiMartino, and Ryan Crosby. 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

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.

Air Dynamics!*

8:30 p.m.; St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

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.

Archie Blue*

8 p.m.; University Baptist & Brethren Church

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 Afternoonbefore 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

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.

Below Centre*

3 p.m.; Faith United Church of Christ

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.

Biscuit Jam*

8 p.m.; Faith United Church of Christ

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.

Jonathan Burns*

3:30 7:30 and 10:15 State Theatre


Burns 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.


4 p.m. State College Presbyterian Church

Celtic traditional

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.

Carriage Rides*

Sponsored by Downtown State College Improvement District

7 p.m.; Mayor Welch Plaza

$5 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.

Kim Cook & Anne Sullivan*

10:15 p.m.; St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

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

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.

Deirdre Flint*

10:15 p.m.; Grace Lutheran Church

comedic folk

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.

Giant Puppet Display

6 p.m.; Canterbury Hall, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

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.

Grand Procession

Sponsored by the Centre Daily Times

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. 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.

Heritage Brass*

1 p.m.; Faith United Church of Christ

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.


4:30, 7 and 9 p.m..; Penn State Downtown Theatre Center

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, he really gets his audience involved and creates magical and hilarious moments through their participation.

Joe Holiday*

5, 6:45 and 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

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.

Hot Soup*

Sponsored by Hold-It Self Storage

8 p.m. State College Presbyterian Church

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.

Dennie Huber*

Noon and 7 p.m.; Downsborough Room, Schlow Centre Region Library

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.

Ice Skating*

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.

Live Mannequins

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 p.m.; State College Presbyterian Church

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.

Middle-earth Studios* presents The Pirates of Buccaneer Isle

2 and 4 p.m.; Westminster Hall, State College Presbyterian Church

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.

This year's show is called The Flying Pegasus, or The Pirates of Buccaneer Isle.

Nittany Highland Pipe Band*

4:30 p.m.; St. Paul's United Methodist Church

Bagpipe band

The Nittany Highland Pipe Band is one of the only pipe & drum bands in Central Pennsylvania. The band draws players from the State College, Lock Haven, Williamsport, Lewistown, and Altoona areas, encompassing an extremely broad area.


3 p.m.; University Baptist & Brethren Church

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.

Nittany Knights*

2 p.m.; State College Presbyterian Church

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.

One Block Ice Sculpture Exhibit

10 a.m. – midnight; Downtown and Sidney Friedman Park

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.

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 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2013. Your First Night button enables you to purchase a single game ticket for just $5.

Pepper Lotus Tribal Belly Dance Troupe*

5 p.m.; University Baptist & Brethren Church

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.

The Puppet Factory presents The Flying Tortoise*

1, 3 and 5 p.m. Days Inn Penn State

Puppet show

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.

The Flying Tortoise 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 p.m.; State College Municipal Building Plaza

Phil Spangler & Joel Blunk*

10 p.m.; State College Presbyterian Church

Contemporary folk

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.

State College Area High School Jazz Band*

6:30 p.m.; Grace Lutheran Church

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 and 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 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. Suitable for ages 10 and above.

Summit Hill Bluegrass*

10 p.m.; Faith United Church of Christ

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. This show will be a special bluegrass gospel performance.

The Tarnished 6*

4:30 p.m.; Grace Lutheran Church

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

flute choir

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.

Tussey Mountain Moonshiners* bluegrass

5:30 p.m.; Faith United Church of Christ

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.


7:30 p.m.; St. Paul's United Methodist Church

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.

Worship Services:

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.

*indicated a First Night State College button is required to attend.

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.

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This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.

Sam is a correspondent for the Gazette.
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