Supporting the Arts on First Night Chatham

Button Free Events

Preliminary Schedule subject to change

Bubble Wrap Stomp
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!
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 to 3:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Carnival Caper
Photo: Ron Snider
 
Carnival Caper
A costumed road race, sponsored by the Chatham Squire. Register, show off your costume, and race for fun!
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)
 
Challenge! Trivia for Teens & Tweens
 
Challenge! Trivia for Teens & Tweens
“Ooch” Outchcunis and his brother Nik lead trivia high tech, interactive, and loads of fun.
EPL favorite Brett “Ooch” Outchcunis and his brother Nik will host their unique spin on trivia – high tech, interactive, and loads of fun – for tweens and teens in grades 5 to 12. (Prizes provided by the Eldredge Public Library)
Eldredge Public Library at  3:00 to 4:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Chatham Poets Read
 
Chatham Poets Read
For a respite from the noise of the night, join some of our local poets of all ages reading their own poetry.
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. A First Night Chatham tradition that provides a respite from the noise of the night.
St. Christopher's Chapel at  7:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Community Handbell Ringers
Photo: John Markus
 
Community Handbell Ringers
Handbell ringers are the perfect group to ring in the New Year!
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  3:00 PM  (Button-free)
St. Martin's Lodge at  4:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Early Fireworks at Veterans Field
Photo: Stanlee Wetzel
 
Early Fireworks at Veterans Field
Spectacular fireworks at Veterans Field after the Noise Parade, as a special treat for the young and young-at-heart.
Spectacular fireworks after the Noise Parade will be presented as a special treat for the young and young-at-heart. The show is at Veterans Field and viewing is from the parking lot and fields behind the Chatham Community Center.
Veterans Field at  6:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Midnight Fireworks at Oyster Pond
Photo: Jane Murray
 
Midnight Fireworks at Oyster Pond
Join the fun in counting down to the exact moment when 2020 begins with a display of spectacular fireworks.
First Night Chatham counts down to the exact moment 2020 starts with the countdown display, and a wonderful display of midnight fireworks! There are no bad seats for viewing the spectacular display over Oyster Pond – in fact, there are no seats at all, unless you watch from your car, or from your front porch. Join the crowd for a rousing finale to First Night Chatham that's way more fun than being in Times Square!
Oyster Pond at  Midnight  (Button-free)
 
Free For High School Teens
 
Free For High School Teens
Hear Cape Conservatory C Rock Band and get Cape Cod Henna Body Art. Enjoy free pizza, snacks and beverages in the game room.
Hear Cape Conservatory C Rock Band and get Cape Cod Henna Body Art. Enjoy free pizza, snacks and beverages in the game room. Band members are Anna Barnocky, Drums, Sturgis Charter Public School East Campus; Christopher Esdale, Guitar and Vocals, Sandwich High School; Liam Flynn, Guitar and Vocals, Barnstable High School; Lucca MacDonald, Bass and Vocals, Falmouth Academy.
Community Center Lower Level at  7:00 to 10:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Free For Middle School Teens: Laser Tag
 
Free For Middle School Teens: Laser Tag
Play laser tag, chill with friends, plus free pizza and drinks.
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)
 
Ice Carving by Chip Koser
 
Ice Carving by Chip Koser
Watch Chip and his team carve a beautiful sculpture from large blocks of ice.
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)
 
Monomoy Seven
 
Monomoy Seven
Dixieland jazz - swinging improvisations on familiar and not so familiar tunes, and requests from the audience.
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!
St. Christopher's Parish Hall at  8:00 to 11:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Noise Parade – led by The Atwood House Museum
Photo: Ron Snider
 
Noise Parade – led by The Atwood House Museum
Make noise any way you want, wear silly hats, flash some lights. Walk to see the early fireworks!
Join the raucous fray! Led this year by The Atwood House Museum. Make noise any way you want.

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)
 
The Placeholders
 
The Placeholders
The Placeholders are a fresh, young, talented band from Harwich & Chatham, playing impressive rock covers from the 60's through today,
The Placeholders are a fresh, young, talented four-piece rock band from Harwich & Chatham. They play impressive rock covers from the 60's through today, with quality harmonies and song arrangements, many featuring the Hammond organ. They're all students of either music or production. You will be captivated and pleasantly surprised not only with their musicianship but also with the sound and production. The band has played on the Main Street programs of both Harwich and Chatham, and headlined their own TD Bank concert series show at Brooks Park in Harwich.
Town Hall (downstairs) at  7:00 PM  (Button-free)
Town Hall (downstairs) at  8:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
The Reunion Band
 
The Reunion Band
Toe-tapping, happy-feeling bluegrass music .
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.
Town Hall (downstairs) at  9:00 to 11:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Town Photo
Photo: Spencer Kennard
 
Town Photo
Come with family & friends. Buy the photo or see it online. A whole-town event!
Important! Please use front gate only !
Show up with your family and friends and pets to pose for the Town Photo. Start First Night Chatham 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)
 
Yo-Yo's, Music and Dance with Ooch
 
Yo-Yo's, Music and Dance with Ooch
Yo-yo tricks, cool music and sweet dance moves with “Ooch” Outchcunis for a fun, interactive and high energy afternoon for families of all ages.
EPL favorite Brett “Ooch” Outchcunis combines three of his favorite activities -- yo-yo tricks, cool music and sweet dance moves – for a fun, interactive and high energy afternoon for families of all ages.
Eldredge Public Library at  1:00 PM  (Button-free)