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Note: The map and schedule for First Night Hartford published in the Dec. 31, 2001 edition of The Hartford Courant was inaccurate. Click on the graphic at right for the correct information or visit the official First Night Hartford site.
Celebrate the coming of 2002 at one of many First Night events across the state. The next morning, get a jump on your new year's resolution and participate in a 5K run or New Year's day hike. Here is a list to choose from:
NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATIONS
13th Annual First Night Danbury
Downtown Danbury New Year's Eve celebration of the arts with over 80 performances at 20 locations in CityCenter, 2 fireworks displays (6:45 & midnight), special children's performances. 5-midnight. Call for rates. (203) 792-5095. www.housatonic.org/1stnight.htm
13th Annual First Night Hartford 2002
Various locations in the downtown area., New Year's celebration of the arts. Over twenty locations of continuous entertainment and performances in the afternoon and evening throughout the city. 2 p.m.-midnight. Fireworks at Bushnell Park at midnight. Buy admission buttons (adults $15 & kids under 15 $1) through Dec 28 at Greater Hartford Welcome Center, 45 Pratt Street. Or callfor a list of other places selling buttons. (860) 525-8629. www.firstnighthartford.com
7th Annual First Night Westport/Weston
Downtown Westport. New Year's Eve celebration through the arts with over 200 performers, 2 fireworks display over the Saugatuck River at 7 p.m. and midnight, horse drawn trolleys. 3-midnight $10 (after Dec. 25 $15). (203) 454-6699. www.firstnightww.com
5th Annual First Night Torrington
Main Street, (Downtown), Torrington. An alcohol-free celebration of the arts set for New Year's Eve. Afternoon family activities. Outdoor and indoor venues throughout downtown, plus a lineup of musicians, performers and artists. Dress warm, all walking distance of one another. Admission. Celebration from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sponsored by Main Street Action Team. Call for more information, (860) 489-5986.
A New England New Year, New Milford
On-the-Green in New Milford. An alcohol free celebration on the longest green in CT. where families and friends come to welcome in the New Year. Come celebrate! Heated Tents and Refreshments available. Happy New Year! 5-mid-night. Fireworks at midnight. Call for more information, (860) 355-3268.
"Stand-Up & Count Down!", Waterbury
Annual New Year's Eve Comedy Show at the Seven Angels Theatre where comedians direct from New York City's comedy club circuits will cause an uproar as the clock counts down to midnight. Ttwo shows--at 6:30 PM and 9:30 PM. Headliner J.J. Ramirez, Sherry Davey, Tom Pecora, Peter Fogel. Also featuring jazz standards and contemporary songs by WATR 1320AM Radio Host Tom Chute with special guest Joyce Follo. The ticket prices range from $38 to $60. The late show includes a champagne reception and hor d'oeuvres to ring in the New Year. For information and tickets, call the box office (203)757-4676.
New Year's Eve Labyrinth Walk, New Canaan
Walk in meditation into the new year on the Chartres 11-circuit and the Classical 7-circuit labyrinths. 8 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. Suggested donation $10. The First Presbyterian Church, 178 Oenoke Ridge (Rte. 124), New Canaan. (203) 966-5459
New Years Day Trail Walk, Middletown
Walk the scenic snowy trails with naturalists at Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estates on Jan. 1. Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm. Free admission. 421 Wadsworth St, Middletown. Call (860) 347-1064 ext. 200 for more information. www.wadsworthmansion.com
Sleeping Giant New Year's Day Hike, Hamden
The Sleeping Giant Park Association invites you to join us in starting the new year "on the right foot," on our New Year's Day Hike. The hike is free and is open to the public. Meet at the bulletin board by the park entrance at 1:30pm. We will hike for approximately 3 hours, depending on the weather. Dress warmly, and wear comfortable and supportive shoes. Bring snacks and water, if you like. No pets, please! Sleeping Giant State Park, 200 Mt. Carmel Ave., Hamden. (203) 272-7841. www.sgpa.org
Happy New Year Hike, Ansonia
Start 2002 off on the right foot - outdoors and exercising - by joining this brisk walk through the trails of our park. No need to register, just come. Free. Hike begins at 9 a.m. Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center, 10 Deerfield Rd., Ansonia. (203) 736-1053.
Rotary Frosty 5K Road Race, Guilford
Fun run for families & individuals on Jan. 1. Time: 11 a.m. Registration begins 9:30 a.m. Admission: Pre-reg. $15 ind., $40 family, Race day $18 individ. $45 family. Begins at Greene Community Center 32 Church Street, Guilford, (203) 453-8068. E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chilly Chili Run, Orange
Jan. 1. 5K Race to benefit the Amity Teen Center. All pre-registered participants get a T-shirt. $20 Runners, $10 walkers. Begins at 10:30 a.m. High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Rd. (203) 795-9351. www.hitekracing.com/chilly
Resolution Run, Weston
5K starting at 10 a.m. on January 1. Starts from Weston Town Hall, Norfield Rd. For information available at members.aol.com/_ht_a/ClubCt/Races/Weston/
Also: Guilford Rotary Frosty 5K - 5K - 11:00am - Guilford - (203)453-8068 O'Brien Memorial - 4M - 11:00am - Brookfield - (860)350-8237 Milton Resolution - 5M - Litchfield - (860)567-7569