First Night Westport/Weston is a community-wide celebration of New Year's Eve through the arts. Over thirty events featuring performances for children, teens and adults are presented throughout downtown Westport. The event begins New Years Eve at 4 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. A special highlight this year will be a performance at 3 p.m. in the Great Hall
of the Westport Library with a performance by the Survivors Swing Band.
There will also be a performance at 6 p.m. at the Westport Historical Society by 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, blues pianist Mark Naftalin, who was the original keyboardist in the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, has recorded and concertized with John Lee Hooker, Etta James, Percy Mayfield, Buddy Guy, Van Morrison and, many other blues and rock greats. Mark will be accompanied by longtime Fairfield County percussionist Barry Urich, who has backed Jose Feliciano and Lester Chambers (of the Chambers Brothers), and who is known for his many performances with area favorites Blue In The Face and The Twinkies.
This town wide event offers fun for the whole family. Buttons cost $15 each and are available at: Saugatuck Sweets, 575 Riverside Avenue, Westport • 203-642-4615 • Town Hall, First Selectmen’s Office, 110 Myrtle Avenue • 203-341-1111 • Westport Public Library, 20 Jesup Rd., 203-227-8411 • Weston Hardware, 190 Weston Rd., Weston, 203-227-799 • Westport Senior Center, 21 Imperial Ave., 203-341-5099 • Trader Joe's, 400 Post Road East, 203-226-8966and • Oscar’s Deli, 159 Main St., 203-227-3705.
There will be a fireworks display over the Saugatuck river at 7:30 p.m. For a complete list of events and performance times visit www.firstnightww.com. For more area information www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com