Supporting the Arts on First Night

All Entertainment Review — First Night Chatham 2018  (12/31/2017)

This page lists all the Performances and Special Events of First Night Chatham 2018 -– December 31, 2017. This is last year’s schedule, not the next First Night. It is for reference, and for the links to performers’ websites and other pages that are included in many of the listings.

Performances


Preliminary Schedule subject to change

 
Alex the Jester
This clown from the medieval tradition is a poet in action and his comedy transcends language and age group. He speaks Grammelot and shows many emotions with his face, tone of voice and body language. Alex takes his audience on a journey. You will enter the world of the wise fool, where crazy sounding gibberish makes perfect sense. You'll laugh at that rare sliver of humor that is understood around the world. Get involved in his interactive humor, and by the end of the show, everyone will feel a little bit closer to one another.
Elementary School Gym at  3:00 PM
 
All Worn Out Jug Band
A post-revival roots music band, performing a stew of traditional tunes from the Kweskin/Even Dozen/Memphis Jug Bands’ songbook, seasoned with country, folk, gospel, and blues. The group performs eclectic sets that include Jug Band classics interwoven with American roots music from traditional folk to Cajun, country and gospel. As with many accomplished Jug Bands, you can expect to hear a washtub bass, dueling washboards, kazoos, whistles, and of course, a jug – a full complement of strings including guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and Dobro, and an occasional concertina.
Unitarian Universalist Meeting House at  8:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Meeting House at  9:00 PM
 
Antonina & David The Mentalists
David & Antonia's show is like no other around – a blend of mind-reading and comedy magic. While blindfolded, Antonina is able to pierce into the mind of a volunteer audience member and reveal untold thoughts – such as a most memorable vacation or childhood friends names. Their show is highly interactive and incredibly amazing. David Hall's magic performances are high-energy, full of witty comedy, and stunning slight-of-hand.
Elementary School Gym at  8:00 PM
 
The Beach Dawgs (Beach Boys Tribute band)
“Oh Those 60s!” –Escape to the sun drenched beaches of southern California - let the Beach Dawgs take you there as they summon the jangly guitars and rich harmonies of the legendary Beach Boys. Jump in your Woodie and join them on a surfing safari with gnarly waves and the most excellent tunes. You'll have “fun, fun, fun” singing along to the classic hits of a truly American sound.

The Beach Dawgs is a collection of top New York / New Jersey musicians who, on their own, have toured internationally, released numerous recordings, and have played with the likes of Bette Midler, Chuck Berry, Dion, Herbie Hancock, Steely Dan, among others.
Elementary School Gym at  9:00 PM
Elementary School Gym at  10:00 PM
Elementary School Gym at  11:00 PM
 
Brewster Bayside Skippers
Since 1993, the Brewster Bayside Skippers have been promoting the sport of jump rope while teaching the value of self-motivation, physical fitness and teamwork. Started by Coach Paul Mullin and now coached by John Hammond, the team has grown from a handful of elementary students into a team of national and international champions. They have jumped in parades all over the Cape, and have also had 3 members jump in a group in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2013 and 2015.

The team had 14 top ten finishes and 15 top 20 finishes at the 2015 National Competition. The team returned to the National Competition in 2016 and placed in the top 5 for four speed events (including two 3rd place finishes), and the top 10 for five additional speed events. In the individual freestyle events, there was one top 5 placement and two top 10 placements.
Community Center Gym at  3:00 PM
Community Center Gym at  4:00 PM
 
Cape Cod Fiddlers
Known for their energetic fiddle performances, the Cape Cod Fiddlers draw their repertoire from the Irish, Scottish, Shetland Isles, Scandinavian, Cape Breton, French Canadian and American fiddle traditions. They have been playing fiddle together since 1989!
Methodist Church at  9:00 PM
Methodist Church at  10:00 PM
 
Cape Cod Jazz Quartet
The Cape Cod Jazz Quartet is comprised of four of Cape Cod's top Jazz Musicians with Bruce Abbott from Brewster on sax & flute, Fred Boyle from South Yarmouth on piano, Ron Ormsby on bass from Centerville, and Bart Weisman on drums from Orleans. This group has appeared at concerts and private events across Cape Cod and they are joined by Steve Ahern on trumpet & flute from Florida during the summer months to form the Cape Cod Jazz Quintet. The group has accompanied vocalists Dane Vannatter and Siobhan Magnus (from American Idol) and recorded two CDs including one with Dane Vannatter.
Orpheum Theater at  1:00 PM
 
The Cape Cod Sax Quartet
The Cape Cod Sax Quartet is composed of Cape Cod's most well-known saxophonists: Berke McKelvey, Bruce Abbott, Maurice Soque, Ryder Corey, and Nicholas Suchecki, merging seasoned professionals with rising talents. A sax quartet consists of the four main saxophones: soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax, and bari sax. The group has performed with many Cape-based artists including the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, and the Cape Cod Jazz Quintet, and have also played with internationally renowned artists such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and the Artie Shaw Orchestra.

With no rhythm section, a sax quartet exhibits skills in intonation, communication, balance, blend, and independence. Throughout their shows, they teach the audience about the history and mechanics of the various saxophones. Not only will you enjoy the music played by an ensemble you have most likely never heard or seen before, you will also learn something!
St. Christopher's Chapel at  1:00 PM
 
Cape Conservatory CJazz Concert
An encore Night Before the Night performance by a special group brought together just for First Night. The group is composed of three students at the Cape Conservatory, and three professional musicians who perform and teach music on Cape Cod. They will perform jazz standards from all periods. Note: This performance is on Saturday evening, Dec 30th, and does require a button.
Methodist Church at  7:30 pm on December 30
 
Chatham Poets Read
First Night Chatham is a celebration of the arts. Join some of our local poets of all ages for a lively and entertaining reading their own poetry at the Eldredge Public Library. A First Night tradition that provides a respite from the noise of the night.
Eldredge Public Library at  7:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Chinese Folk Art Dancers
The Chinese Folk Art Workshop is a non-profit organization based in the Boston area. The Workshop aims to promote interaction with and understanding of Chinese culture in the community. Its members range in age from 12 to 18, and they perform a variety of traditional Chinese folk arts such as Dragon Dance, Lion Dance, Taiwanese Drums, Chinese yoyo and Folk Dance. The purpose of the Chinese Folk Art Workshop is to highlight the beauty of Chinese Folk Arts and to help a new generation of American-born Chinese showcase their talents and gifts.
Monomoy Middle School Auditorium at  2:00 PM
Monomoy Middle School Auditorium at  4:00 PM
 
Cirque du Jour
Top notch big talent includes juggling, animal acts, clowns, ringmaster, tightrope walking, a girl on a flying trapeze, and anything else you can think of! Four performances again this year.
Monomoy Middle School Large Gym at  1:00 PM
Monomoy Middle School Large Gym at  3:00 PM
Monomoy Middle School Large Gym at  5:00 PM
Monomoy Middle School Large Gym at  7:00 PM
 
The Clancy Tradition
Lively Irish music, both vocal and instrumental, to warm the soul. Eugene Clancy on guitar and vocals, his daughter Rosemary Clancy on fiddle and mandolin, son John Clancy on bass, Pat on piano and accordion, and Mike Melanophy on button accordion. The music includes tunes from the middle of the last century which were played on Sunday afternoons in the front room of the Clancy home in the small village of Charlemont, County Armagh. It was there that Eugene and Pat took up their instruments to perform the repertoire of Irish folk music.
Holy Redeemer Church at  8:00 PM
Holy Redeemer Church at  9:00 PM
 
Colum Cille Pipes and Drums
Colum Cille is a band that performs not only Scottish and Irish pipe and drum band music, but a variety of genres, including Gaelic and American. This award winning band is named after an Irish saint who is revered as a symbol of unity. They wear the red and black Cunningham tartan. Great music in a fun and friendly environment.
Elementary School Gym at  7:00 PM
Photo: John Markus
 
Community Handbell Ringers
A group of handbell ringers from the Chatham and Harwich Congregational Churches will ring in the New Year, playing patriotic, folk and classic songs.
St. Martin's Lodge at  4:00 PM  (Button-free)
St. Martin's Lodge at  5:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
CrabGrass Bluegrass Band
Cape Cod's own bluegrass artists with sounds of a mix of old and new, and is always incomparably entertaining. CrabGrass is comprised of Les Beavan on banjo, Chris Miner on mandolin, Dan Fortier on guitar, Katy Boc on fiddle, and Ted Mello on bass.
Methodist Church at  7:00 PM
Methodist Church at  8:00 PM
 
Digney Fignus Band
Americana Singer/Songwriter Digney Fignus is renowned for his infectious melodies and energetic performances. His latest song “The Emporer Wears No Clothes” delivers a contemporary piece of political satire that will tickle your funny bone and have you singing along before the end of the song!

Starting on the punk scene in Boston in the 1980's with his club Streets, his first hit was “The Girl With The Curious hand”. He has more recently released three CDs of Americana music, and now lives on the Cape and performs regularly around Cape music venues.
Congregational Church at  4:00 PM
Congregational Church at  5:00 PM
 
Thom Dutton
This troubadour of the Celtic harp and voice reaches the audience with charm and good stories. A New Year's tradition. He is also an accomplished vocalist, therapeutic music practitioner and handbell ringer, who has published more than a dozen books of harp music.
Orpheum Theater at  11:00 PM
 
Shaun England Band
With a voice and tone evocative of Leonard Cohen and poetic verses that relate to all of our experiences, Shaun England creates soulful music with a deep sense of tradition that stems from his roots of playing with many of New Englands finest musicians.
Eldredge Public Library at  4:00 PM  (Button-free)
Eldredge Public Library at  5:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Baron Fenwick
Baron Fenwick is the seventeen-year-old son of James and Lisa Fenwick. He has played piano for 11 years and has become a very talented musician. His piano professors have included University of North Carolina School of Arts professor, Clifton Matthews, Appalachian State University professor, Bair Shagdaron, and celebrated pianist, Susan Starr. Over the years he has had the honor to win first prizes at the 2009 NC Symphony Concerto Competition Senior Division and in 2009 he had the great honor of being awarded the first annual Leonard Bernstein Excellence Award at UNCSA. He has been the featured soloist with the Western Piedmont Youth Symphony, the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic.
Congregational Church at  1:00 PM
 
Four Guys in Tuxes Swing Band
Dance the Night Away! continues with the return of the Four Guys in Tuxes Swing Band, playing a “Big Band Sound for Smooth Dancing”. A name familiar to First Night audiences brings a seven-piece swing band for your dancing enjoyment.
Community Center Gym at  8:00 to 11:30 PM
 
Frank Giasullo and John Owens Jazz Duo
Frank and John have been playing jazz standards and their interpretation of pop music and soft rock from Boston to Cape Cod for many years. Their unique blend of flute and guitar lends a very special interest to each song they play. Come join them for a break from the cold with their warm and rich music.
St. Martin's Lodge at  6:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Rick Goldin
Children love Rick Goldin's performances because they get to sing, dance and jump along with Rick and his singing animal puppets. His songs feature lots of movement and child participation, and surprises and unexpected twists that keep even his youngest listeners paying close attention.
St. Christopher's Chapel at  2:00 PM
St. Christopher's Chapel at  3:00 PM
 
George Gritzbach Band
The George Gritzbach Band is back to give you a healthy dose of Original House Rockin' Roots R&B. A high-energy dance band strongly rooted in the blues, funk, and New Orleans, The GG Band plays inventive takes on classics and a healthy helping of innovative originals. Gritzbach’s smoky vocals, steamy harmonica, and shimmering guitar make the air sizzle with excitement.
St. Martin's Lodge at  8:30 to 11:30 PM
 
Jared Hagan & Trish LaRose with Malcolm Granger at the piano
Jared Hagan and Trish Larose, two of Cape Rep Theatre's brightest stars, take you on a musical journey of the heart, with composer/arranger Malcolm Granger on the piano. Weaving classic and contemporary Broadway tunes, from Annie Get Your Gun to Hamilton, with songs from the canon of popular music ranging from Joni Mitchell to Lady Gaga. Many of the songs that have made their time at Cape Rep so cherished will be included. The Cape Cod Times said “LaRose and Hagan make an appealing duo, with warm and relaxed stage presences and an obvious affection for each other. From the first number, it is clear that LaRose and Hagan are talented singers with an aptitude for comedic delivery.”
St. Christopher's Church at  7:00 PM
 
Midnight Countdown with Scott Hamilton
Chatham's own Scott Hamilton leads a sing-along musical countdown to the midnight fireworks. Stay warm at Oyster Pond waiting for the fireworks by joining Scott in a rousing series of fun songs that are familiar to all.
Oyster Pond at  Before Midnight  (Button-free)
 
Billy Hardy & Beth Sweeney
From elegant slow airs, spirited marches and hornpipes, to lively jigs and reels, Billy and Beth perform music from the Scottish, Irish, French Canadian, Bluegrass, and Appalachian fiddle traditions. Cape Cod based and performing together for over 20 years, their instruments include fiddle, piano, and banjo, with songs in Irish Gaelic. Billy Hardy is a long-time member of the Cape Cod Fiddlers.
Methodist Church at  5:00 PM
 
Chev Hardy
Chev Hardy is a jazz vocalist and lover of “well-aged” pop, whose rich contralto weaves effortlessly through her repertoire of blues, pop and jazz standards. She has performed at venues both on and off the Cape, including The Mews Restaurant and Tin Pan Alley in Provincetown, Birdland in NYC, and the annual Yule for Fuel event at WHAT in Wellfleet.

Chev will be accompanied by Greg Polanik. Greg honed his skills in the jazz clubs of St. Louis, before arriving on the Cape a few years ago. With decades of experience on the acoustic and electric guitar, Greg weaves wide ranging influences together to create music that can be both intimate and exciting.
St. Christopher's Chapel at  7:00 PM
 
Improvisational Live Storytelling
Join storyteller Miss Darby for her improvisational, live storytelling experiences that entertain both young and old. Come see her tell each unique story. She will be dressed to celebrate First Night's theme “Oh Those 60s!”. Darby Hobbs has also created two children's books, "Max and Pirate No Teeth" and "Grand Mere and the Empress of the Cove". Illustrator Meadow Hilley is the editor of The International Educator newspaper.
Community Center Aerobics Room at  4:00 PM  (Button-free)
Photo: Michael & Suz Karchmer
 
Beau Jackett & Sara Sneed
Beau and Sara are thrilled to be performing together this year for First Night Chatham! They will be sharing some of their favorite pieces to help celebrate the New Year.

This spring they shared the stage as Lancelot and Guinevere in Camelot at the Academy of Performing Arts. Beau is a Cape Cod native and has been performing locally for most of his life. An accomplished actor and singer, he was most recently seen as Professor Callahan in Legally Blonde The Musical at the APA. Beau was named a Cape Cod Times favorite actor for his performances in Our Town, Cabaret, and Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical.

Sara is a classically trained opera singer, but you may also recognize her as the owner of The Bashful Tarte Bakery! Recently relocated to Cape Cod from the Midwest, Sara has performed at The APA as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, The Wicked Witch of The West in The Wizard of Oz, Cassie in A Chorus Line and The Lady of The Lake in Spamalot.
Congregational Church at  7:00 PM
 
Bradley James - The Boston Piano Kid
Bradley James, also known as the “Boston Piano Kid”, returns to First Night with two performances. Bradley is 14 years old and has performed for several years in the Boston area. He plays from his heart and brings his emotions to life through the keys. In addition to the piano, Bradley also performs on the Tenor Saxophone, Ukelele, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals and is also learning the Accordian. In 2015 he was voted Boston's Top Instrumentalist by the Young Performer's Club and was the Grand Prize winner at the New England Talent Agency Showcase in Music and Acting.
Elementary School Gym at  1:00 PM
Elementary School Gym at  2:00 PM
 
Jimmy C's Real Deal Band
A solid blues-rocking-in-the-pocket band. They have been playing their blues locally from Boston to Martha’s Vineyard for almost 30 years! Featuring Craig Jones on guitar, Chuck Purro on drums, Robert Clinton on bass, and Jim Cribby on keyboards. Jimmy C has been blowing harp since the late 70’s. A truly fun band for all!
Town Hall (downstairs) at  8:00 to 11:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Julie And Denya's Songs of The Sea
Julie Charland and Denya LeVine perform sea shantys, folk songs, familiar 20th century music and lively fiddle tunes, all on the theme of the sea. They play guitar, fiddle, and ukuleles, and their vocal harmonies sparkle with joyous energy. Julie is a Nashville recording artist, award-winning songwriter, and local folk and bluegrass musician with Toast And Jam. Denya’s a full time musician who’s performed on Cape Cod with folk and ethnic bands for 30 years. This duo has a zest for life that is contagious!
St. Christopher's Chapel at  4:00 PM
 
Sue Keller
A talented ragtime pianist and occasional vocalist, Sue Keller started playing piano when she was four. She also studied flute and took voice lessons, played guitar, and sang in some school operas. After a wide variety of musical jobs (including playing rock), she started concentrating more on vintage jazz and ragtime.
St. Christopher's Church at  10:00 PM
St. Christopher's Church at  11:00 PM
 
Keltic Kids
The Keltic Kids are a young award winning Celtic music band from Cape Cod, and have played all over the Cape. Jonathan Ford is a twelve year old fiddle and tin whistle player from Harwich. Bailey Ford is a ten year old piano player and Irish Step dancer from Harwich. Gavin Rice is a thirteen year old banjo, bass, and mandolin player from Brewster. Fern Tamigini-O'Donnell is a twelve year old fiddle player and vocalist from Wareham. Lili Hay is a twelve year old fiddle player from Wellfleet. Ashley Dawn is a thirteen year old fiddle player from Acton. Alex Birdsey is a thirteen year old fiddle player from Orleans.
St. Christopher's Church at  1:00 PM
St. Christopher's Church at  2:00 PM
Photo: David Jordran
 
Chip Koser
Ice sculptor Chip Koser carves a beautiful sculpture from large blocks of ice. In 2011, Chip and his team took home a bronze medal at the World Ice Art Championship held in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Cape Cod 5: Front Lawn at  12:00 to 4:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Zoë Lewis
Zoë Lewis sings Songs About Bridges Not Walls. Gypsy jazz, jump jive, latin grooves, swing, international folk and funk originals on anything from the piano to the spoons! Her show is theatrical, upbeat and fun. A true artist. This British transplant is blessed with the uncanny ability to uncover the extraordinary beauty in the seemingly ordinary. Zoë tackles out current political climate with humor and humanity.
Orpheum Theater at  4:00 PM
Orpheum Theater at  5:00 PM
 
Liston-Kraft /Weiser Piano Duo
Pianists Philip Liston-Kraft and Daniel Weiser play together on the same piano. The duo is an exciting four-hand piano team that has been praised for their tight-knit unity. The Duo has been performing together regularly for six years in New England and along the East Coast from North Carolina to New Hampshire. Individually, each is an accomplished artist; together, they are simply a force of pianistic energy.
Methodist Church at  1:00 PM
Methodist Church at  3:00 PM
 
Ross MacVicar & Friends
Ross MacVicar is a woodcarver whose specialty is carving North American mammals and nature scenes out of wood with a chainsaw. With his lifelong study of wild animals and nature, he is able to turn a downed tree into a lifelike and realistic art sculpture. Ross is an avid outdoorsman who’s been studying nature since childhood and has been carving as a hobby for over 20 years.
Monomoy Middle School Outside Lawn at  12:00 to 4:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
M.A.D. Jazz
The MAD Jazz quartet members are Dan Sullivan (saxophone and flute), Rod McCaulley (Bass), Iain Ellis (Drums), and Alan Clinger (Guitar). Each of the musicians has a unique musical history, but for all of them, their passion is jazz. The style of their music is Mainstream Jazz which includes Standards, Swing, Blues, Bebop, and some Contemporary pieces. The songs will be presented as the melody, improvisation, and a recapitulation of the melody. We hope it brings feelings of delight to the audience.
Orpheum Theater at  8:00 PM
 
Joe and Sarah Marchio
Joe is the First Congregational Church of Chatham music director and organist, and is also the conductor of the Chatham Chorale. He is joined by his wife Sarah on bagpipes. A unique combination of music and talent!
Congregational Church at  8:00 PM
 
Siren Mayhew and Griffin McMahon
Siren and Griffin will offer a mix of ballads, 60's favorites and original music.

Vocalist and songwriter Siren Mayhew is a native Martha's Vineyarder who currently performs with the Sultans of Swing - a wedding/event band that plays on the Vineyard and around the country - and several local bands. She also writes and performs original music and is working on recording an album this winter. She will perform with the Cape Symphony again in their 2017 Holiday Pops concert, and has performed at First Night Chatham three times in the past.

Griffin McMahon is emerging as a unique and versatile organist, pianist, vocalist, and avid collaborator in the American music scene. Equally at home in the worlds of classical and popular music, Griffin serves as Music Director and Organist at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in historic downtown Edgartown. Siren and Griffin started collaborating soon after he moved to the Vineyard. They have played church music, rock/pop music, and original music together.
St. Christopher's Church at  4:00 PM
St. Christopher's Church at  5:00 PM
Photo: Ron Snider
 
Monomoy Seven
Dixieland Jazz – a perennial favorite! With Jeff Hughes on cornet leading the band, you'll hear lots of swinging improvisations on familiar and maybe not so familiar tunes, with each musician featured on specialty numbers, and on requested tunes from the audience. This is always a fun and exciting performance, so come and sit awhile, and prepare to enjoy some hot jazz to warm the chilly night!
Eldredge Public Library at  8:00 to 11:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Shawn Mullins, Master Magician
Shawn's magic show for grown-ups (and kids too) is filled with mystery, mind reading and mental gymnastics leading to a huge surprise at the end. There are multiple moments where volunteers are able to participate, things are borrowed (and returned safe!) and one person will even have the whole audience read their mind.
Orpheum Theater at  7:00 PM
 
Nancy and Dave & the Jazz All-Stars
With their smooth, tight harmonies and jazzy up tempo interpretations of American Songbook standards, Dave and Nancy Wilber bring a dynamic dimension to their music. They have performed and recorded locally with musicians ranging from Boston's White Heat Swing Orchestra to local favorites Roy McArthur and Eddie Higgins. For First Night, they will be backed by three of Cape Cod's best musicians: Fred Boyle on keyboard, Ron Ormsby on bass and Bart Weisman on drums.
Orpheum Theater at  2:00 PM
 
New New Orleans Jazz Band
The New New Orleans Jazz Band has been playing traditional jazz around the greater Boston area for more than thirty years. Their First Night performance will feature three special guests: world-renowned jazz banjoist and singer Jimmy Mazzy, cornet player Jeff Hughes, and Pete Collins on clarinet. (First Night regulars know Jeff Hughes as the leader of the Monomoy Seven). Backing them up will be regulars Ron L'Herault on trombone and Nick Ribush on keyboard.
Community Center 2nd Floor at  4:00 PM
Community Center 2nd Floor at  5:00 PM
 
North Country
Playing it all, from Classic Country to today’s Top Country music, North Country will have you on your feet dancing the night away.
Line Dance Instruction: . Come and learn a few steps and put them to use with the band during the show. Line Dance instruction during North Country’s performance, and during the band’s break. Professional instructor Cathy Hatch will teach you the steps and the moves to keep your boots scootin’ across the dance floor all night.
St. Christopher's Parish Hall at  8:00 to 11:30 PM
 
North Shore Acappella
The special art of delivering music without instrumental accompaniment is what North Shore Acappella is all about. The award-winning group offers a continuously fresh repertoire comprising hundreds of popular hits.

Every performance is arranged in a way that showcases each singer in a lead role – a trait that very few a cappella groups in the country can claim. Guy Chiapponi, Tommy Duarte, Dennis Taylor, Jimmy Martin, and Vinny Straccia have excited audiences throughout New England for over 35 years, adding an experienced blend of harmony, rhythm, and tempo to songs from the 1940's through today.

In 2011 North Shore Acappella was featured on NBC's The Sing Off dazzling listeners across the country.
Elementary School Gym at  4:00 PM
Elementary School Gym at  5:00 PM
 
Nutcracker Highlights
The HeartStrings Dance Company from Reaching Heart School of Ballet in Harwich will perform the Party Scene, plus excerpts from the Land of the Sweets, from The Nutcracker. Guest artist Anderson Souza will perform in the role of the Sugar Plum's Cavelier. Mr. Anderson is currently in his second year dancing with Atlanta Ballet, and will delight the audience with his strength and grace. Reaching Heart School of Ballet graduate and Chatham resident Ms. Victoria Bessette will perform in the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. She and Mr. Anderson will end the show with a beautiful Pas de Deux.

Young children ages 4 through 6 who would like a chance to shine on stage will be invited for a short twirl in the spotlight during the part of the production when the toy Nutcracker comes to life and becomes a real Prince. The front row will be held for these young aspiring dancers!
Monomoy Middle School Auditorium at  8:00 PM
Monomoy Middle School Auditorium at  9:00 PM
 
James O'Neill
Come join some of Cape Cod's most celebrated performers for a varied selection of songs that will be sure to entertain, inspire, and even tug at some heartstrings. A Cape Cod native, tenor James O'Neill has only been singing for three years, but has garnered considerable attention for his big voice. From “The King and I” to “Shrek:The Musical” to Gilbert and Sullivan and even to Puccini and Vivaldi, James has performed a wide variety of music including classical, opera, and Broadway. James is joined by guests Hannah Carrita, Anthony Teixeira, and Henry Buck. Come celebrate First Night with music that will move you.
Congregational Church at  9:00 PM
 
Ooch & Cookie
“Ooch and Cookie” are motivational kids’ entertainers comprised of cousins Brett Outchcunis (“Ooch”) and Krisanthi Pappas (“Cookie”). Their show “Everybody’s Bugging Me” teaches kids how to handle the things that frustrate us throughout the course of our day. Whether it’s waking up cranky, having to work with people we’ve been paired with or just dealing the silliness that gets to be too much, too fast, “Everybody’s Bugging Me” gives solutions and techniques that help us stay positive even when the going gets tough. Krisanthi and Brett, or “Cookie and Ooch” (as they like to be called) combine their talents to take their audiences on a musical and rhythmic journey that have kids laughing, stomping, singing and signing their way to a better day.
Community Center 2nd Floor at  3:00 PM
 
Out Late with Diana Di Gioia
Americana / Blues / Folk Rock Vocals. Smart, sexy, funny and irreverent all describe the writing of Out Late's Diana Di Gioia. Together with lead guitarist J Hagenbuckle and harmony vocalist Melody Masi, the trio performs in styles from acoustic rock, to blues to folk. Whether she's singing about growing up in rural Vermont or strutting Commercial Street in her “Ptown Pants”, her music is sure to engage and delight you.
Orpheum Theater at  3:00 PM
 
Trevor Pearson
Trevor Pearson’s interactive juggling show combines hilarious antics and visually spectacular, award-winning juggling skills with a message of self-empowerment. Fun for all ages! Trevor grew up in Brewster and it was there that he learned to juggle as a teen. He’s been juggling professionally for over 15 years, performing and instructing throughout New England, and beyond. Trevor has been inspiring and amusing First Night Chatham audiences for over a decade with the juggling of clubs, rings, balls, boxes, plates, hats, rubber chickens and audience-suggested objects to boot. He might even juggle boots!
Community Center Gym at  1:00 PM
Community Center Gym at  2:00 PM
 
The Reunion Band
Known for its tight vocal harmonies and solid traditional bluegrass sound, the Reunion Band features veteran Boston-area musicians Boston-area musicians Richard Brown (mandolin), Dave Dillon (rhythm guitar), Margaret Gerteis (acoustic bass), Laura Orshaw (fiddle) and most recently BB Bowness (banjo) . The band, which has been around since 2002, takes its name from the fact that the members have played together off and on and in various configurations for over 30 years.
Congregational Church at  10:00 PM
Congregational Church at  11:00 PM
Photo by Joseph Navas
 
Monica Rizzio
No stranger to the east coast music scene, Texas-bred and Cape Cod washashore, Monica Rizzio is emerging as one of the finest singer songwriters that call New England home. For over 10 years she played fiddle and sang with Tripping Lily, a folk acoustic pop band, who toured up and down the east coast. In 2012, Monica left the band to rejuvenate her passion for music and began writing to help cope with the loss of the band and love. Drawing on her East Texas roots, Monica and her Martin guitar bring back the the little girl who loved to barrel race on her horse Bo, and she found her outlaw country sound deep within the folk world. Her debut album, aptly named, Washashore Cowgirl, is completely autobiographical, often times delivered in a fictional approach, sometimes with humor, and sometimes so strikingly honest you can feel the pain in her voice.
Methodist Church at  2:00 PM
 
Saltwater Jazz
Saltwater Jazz members are Dan Sullivan (saxophone and flute), Rod McCaulley (Bass), Iain Ellis (Drums), and Alan Clinger (Guitar). Each of the musicians has a unique musical history, but for all of them, their passion is jazz. The style of their music is Mainstream Jazz which includes Standards, Swing, Blues, Bebop, and some Contemporary pieces. The songs will be presented as the melody, improvisation, and a recapitulation of the melody. We hope it brings feelings of delight to the audience.
Unitarian Universalist Meeting House at  10:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Meeting House at  11:00 PM
 
Oh Those 60s - Around the World and Through the Ages
with Vira Slywotzky
From the opera house to the dance floor, from Broadway to Kirby Muxloe, soprano Vira Slywotzky and pianist David Sytkowski take you on a tour of the music of the 1960s. Enjoy classical and popular songs from the US, England, Ireland, France, Ukraine and South Africa and travel back in time with tunes from the 1860s, 1760s, 1660s and 1560s.

Soprano Vira Slywotzky has performed principal roles at major opera houses in America and Europe, premiered numerous vocal works and is an active recitalist and cabaret singer. In 2009 she represented the US at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Pianist and vocal coach David Sytkowski performs in operas and with symphony orchestras and plays classical recitals and jazz. He is a regular at Bard SummerScape and at venues such as Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
St. Christopher's Church at  9:00 PM
 
Sparrow Blue
Sparrow Blue is the songwriting duo of Katy Boc and Todd Nickerson, on Acoustic Fiddle and Guitar. Katy and Todd began writing songs together after discovering a mutual love for American roots music. It wasn't long before they began performing as a duo, featuring their own original songs as well as covers by their favorite roots, bluegrass, and country musicians.
Orpheum Theater at  10:00 PM
 
Suede
Sassy, smooth and simply intoxicating. Suede is the real deal (says Joan Rivers) and is thrilled to debut at First Night Chatham with her New England pianist Fred Boyle. The NY press says she's like Adele meets Diana Krall meets Bette Midler. Dare her! She had the immense privilege and honor of being the late, great Joan Rivers' opening act. Come see why.

Direct from tours including world renowned clubs like NYC's Birdland, San Francisco's Feinstein's, Washington DC's Blues Alley and The Kennedy Center, Boston's Scullers Jazz Club and more
St. Christopher's Church at  3:00 PM
 
Nick Suchecki Trio
A native of Wellfleet, Massachusetts, multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Suchecki attended Nauset Regional High School and graduated from Berklee College of Music. Alternating living on Cape Cod and in Boston, Nicholas has become an in demand performer, educator, clinician, adjudicator, and concert producer in New England.

As a saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist, and bassist, Nicholas has played and recorded with many musicians and bands. including Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, George Garzone, Ronnie Spector, Chris Botti, Steve Morgan and the Kingfish, the Beantown Swing Orchestra, Joyce Moreno, Funktapuss, the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, Mario Frangoulis, the Sultans of Swing, and Five By Design, as well as opening for the Boston Pops and being a featured soloist with the Cape Symphony.

Nicholas will be joined by Andy Troyanos (guitar) and Rich Hill (bass), featuring a variety of jazz with emphasis on spontaneity, unique interpretation, and energy!
Methodist Church at  4:00 PM
Photo: Felix Vlasak
 
Gregg Sullivan
Guitarist Gregg Sullivan is a former member of Blood, Sweat & Tears. Gregg currently lives on Cape Cod and teaches at the Cape Conservatory. Besides being a member of Blood, Sweat & Tears, he has performed Roger Daltrey, Mary Wilson, The Rascals and many other rock legends.
Orpheum Theater at  9:00 PM
 
Tim Sweeney and Randy Patterson
Tim Sweeney and Randy Patterson get to the heart and soul of things with their blend of country, rock, bluegrass and blues, performing a varied and crafted setlist of music they love. Both Tim and Randy are singers, multi-instrumentalists, award-winning songwriters, and seasoned professionals that love what they do – and it shows. They get rave reviews from audiences at the Cape Cod's finest musical venues and events. Acoustic to electric, they are told often that they sound like more than two people.
Holy Redeemer Church at  7:00 PM
 
Toe Jam Puppet Band
The Toe Jam Puppet Band performances are very active, encouraging kids and parents to sing and dance along with the band as they entertain with a unique combination of original songs, masterful shadow puppetry, storytelling and just plain old good fun.
Community Center 2nd Floor at  1:00 PM
Community Center 2nd Floor at  2:00 PM
 
We Are the Men
A “Male Voice Choir” in the European choral tradition. Under the direction of Welsh vocalist Chris Roberts, who established the group in 2008, this all male choir has members from all over the Cape. The group's accompanist, Cathy Bonnett, was the musical director of the Coast Guard Base Chapel choir. The group will perform in both Welsh and English singing spirituals, patriotic selections, hymns, and Broadway show selections.
Congregational Church at  2:00 PM
Congregational Church at  3:00 PM
 
Martha Whatley and Peter Earle
Come join Peter Earle and Martha Whatley as they sing some of your favorite Broadway tunes! The ever-popular vocal duo returns; Cape audiences love these performers. Peter Earle is the Executive/Artistic Director at The Academy of Performing Arts in Orleans, where he has directed and acted in many of the Academy’s fine productions. Most recently, he directed the mega-hit Les Miserables. Martha Whatley is one of Cape Cod's favorite soloists since moving here in 1977. She divides her time between opera, oratorio and musical theater. She recently appeared as Anna in the Academy’s production of The King and I.
Unitarian Universalist Meeting House at  7:00 PM
 
Who's The Boss Quartet
A mixed close-harmony quartet, Who's the Boss, has been making waves across the Cape with their close harmonies and infectious performance energy. With decades of collective group singing experience these playful performers bring to you a selection of your favorite songs from the 20th century and more.
St. Christopher's Chapel at  5:00 PM
 
Robert Wyatt
A Steinway Artist who has performed throughout the USA and internationally, gathering critical acclaim for sensitive and colorful solo and chamber music recitals, Mr. Wyatt is one of the nation’s foremost Gershwin scholars who is also known for chamber music recitals.
St. Christopher's Church at  8:00 PM
Photo: John Markus
 
Bubble Wrap Stomp
A favorite activity of many parents, too! Watch the kids show joy as they break the bubbles and make lots of noise!
Community Center Aerobics Room at  1:00 PM  (Button-free)
Community Center Aerobics Room at  2:00 PM  (Button-free)
Photo: Ron Snider
 
Carnival Caper
A costumed road race, from the Chatham Squire to the Lighthouse and back, sponsored by the Chatham Squire. Register outside the Squire starting at 2 pm ($10); Costume judging at 2:30 pm; the race starts at 3 pm (a bit under 2 miles round-trip). Tee shirts and beef stew served at the Squire after the race! Spectators line Main Street to cheer on the runners, walkers, and anyone else parading down the road in costume.
Outside the Squire at  2:00 to 3:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Children's Art Studio
This event is always very popular, so find your way here as soon as possible. Children craft fascinating stuff, each in their own way. Projects are all child friendly and designed with great creativity.
Elementary School Cafeteria at  2:00 to 5:00 PM
Photo: Susan Karchmer
 
Face Painting
What child does not enjoy having something fabulous painted on their face? Our painters are the best and the line moves really fast.
Monomoy Middle School Cafeteria at  12:30 to 4:00 PM
Photo: Stanlee Wetzel
 
Early Fireworks at Veterans Field
Spectacular fireworks after the Noise Parade will be presented as a special treat for the young First Nighters. The show is at Veterans Field and viewing is from the parking lot and fields behind the Chatham Community Center.

Join First Night in recognizing Veterans of the 1960's prior to the start of the fireworks.
Veterans Field at  6:30 PM  (Button-free)
Photo: Jane Murray
 
Midnight Fireworks & Countdown Cod at Oyster Pond
The Countdown Cod is scheduled to drop as First Night Chatham counts down to the exact moment of 2018 from its perch high over the Oyster Pond park, and then signal the setting off of a wonderful midnight fireworks display! Come early for the best viewing spot over Oyster Pond and enjoy the pre-midnight fun.

New this year: Scott Hamilton will lead a sing-along Musical Countdown to Midnight. Stay warm waiting for the fireworks by joining Scott in a rousing series of fun songs that are familiar to all.
Oyster Pond at  Midnight  (Button-free)
Photo: Michael Karchmer
 
Horse-drawn Wagon Rides
Buttons are required to hop aboard a horses-drawn buggy with some other folks to enjoy an old fashioned perspective as you drive around town and wave to friends and strangers. Children love it, and we love seeing them enjoy the town!
Main St at Town Hall at  1:45 to 4:45 PM
 
Just For High School Teens: Canon Hill Band
The Canon Hill Band will perform this year at the Teen Center. Drop in to warm up, see friends, and enjoy free pizza and drinks, and listen to local high school students Ben Hayden on drums, guitarist/vocalist Logan Tichnor, and Vaughn Yerkes on bass. They can be frequently be seen busking on Main Streets of Chatham and Harwich in the summer, and they are the youngest band ever to be selected to play the Harwichport 'Music Stroll'.
Community Center Lower Level at  7:00 to 11:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Just For Middle School Teens: Laser Tag
Hang out with friends from 7:00 to 10:00 at the Community Center. Returning this year: Laser Tag. Plus games, and free pizza and drinks.
Community Center 2nd Floor at  7:00 to 10:00 PM  (Button-free)
Photo: John Markus
 
Miniature Golf
This year we have a full 9 holes available for play at the Middle School Small Gym – 1 to 6 pm and a full 9 holes at the Community Center Gym – 1 to 6 pm. Who does not love mini golf, especially in December!
Monomoy Middle School Small Gym at  1:00 to 6:00 PM
Community Center Gym at  1:00 to 6:00 PM
 
New Year's Eve Make Believe
Play a life-size game of Candy Land, and meet a real Belle, Cinderella and Bob the Minion (They will be here from 2:30 to 5:30). Take your picture with them in the photo booth.

Play life-sized Candyland - you are the game piece as you move along the giant board following the rules of Candyland. Be the first to the castle as you pass through the Peppermint Forest, meet Queen Frostine and her ice cream sea, and try to avoid The Villain of Candy Land, Lord Licorice. Candy prizes for all courtesy of Chatham Candy Manor.
St. Christopher's Parish Hall at  1:00 to 6:00 PM
Photo: Ron Snider
 
Noise Parade – led by New England Pizza
Join the raucous fray! Make noise any way you want. Help celebrate New England Pizza's 30th anniversary, and their support of the First Night Teen events.

A police escort leads the parade and no one will be cited for too much noise. Great fun for kids and adults, who often wear silly hats. Start at the corner of Cross and Main at 6 pm, walk to rotary, then continue on to the Chatham Community Center to see the early fireworks!
Town Hall Corner (Main & Cross Streets) at  6:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Rock 'n' Roll Racing
Rock'n'Roll Racing is a mini-Nascar race track where you drive a car from the side with a steering wheel and throttle. And 9-hole mini-golf is also here in the Middle School Gym.
Monomoy Middle School Small Gym at  1:00 to 6:00 PM
Photo: Spencer Kennard
 
Town Photo
Important! Please use front gate only !
Show up with your family and friends and pets to pose for the Town Photo. Start First Night with a wave at the camera and a smile on your face. The photo will be available at the Chatham CVS store for purchase. A panorama deep-zoom photo will also be posted on the First Night Chatham website. Have fun zooming in to see if you blinked, check out who was there, and just enjoy actually seeing your lovely smile up close.
Chatham Lighthouse Grounds at  Noon  (Button-free)