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November  27

Pumpkins Down, Wreaths Up

First_night_montclair_2_3 We are now officially into the Christmas-Chanukah-Kwanzaa -- and wait! - New Years season. Which means that little white or colored lights, plywood reindeer, wire reindeer, twisted grapevine reindeer, creches, snowflakes, inflatable Homer Santas and the like are all now permitted in all their glory on the lawns of Baristaville. But get those pumpkins, haystacks and scarecrows down folks. (You know who you are.) Meanwhile, First Night Montclair tickets have already gone on sale and the website (with the electronic countdown to 2006) is up. This year will feature Richie Havens, the Amazing Kreskin and Nickelodeon Live with folksinger Tom Chapin. Time to line up babysitters and/or dates.

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Wow, Eileen Sheehan has really remade this event into an exciting evening.

Posted by: kevin Lee Allen | Nov 27, 2005 12:50:10 PM

Or, you could do a Kennedy and date the baby sitter. Sorry. Couldn't resist.

Happy Challah Daze.

Posted by: Conan the Grammarian | Nov 27, 2005 4:01:14 PM

Hard to find babysitters when, like the Bush twins, they've all got fake IDs and plans to drink in the new year in the family tradition.

Sorry. Couldn't resist.

Posted by: ginger | Nov 27, 2005 4:44:22 PM

gettin drunk is a family tradition...sounds like a Hank Williams song...

Posted by: The Iceman | Nov 27, 2005 7:06:29 PM

Could someone explain the First night thing to me? I have never particiapated but would enjoy taking my child to the Nicklodeon show?--

She is still too young to be out all hours of the night but an early evenning show would be nice-do you need special tickets for that venue?

Will it be a long performance?

Who do I contact regarding these questions?

Posted by: cstarling | Nov 27, 2005 7:45:34 PM


Here's all info from the press release:

First Night Montclair 2006
Presented by The Township of Montclair in association with
Arc Properties and JP Morgan Chase Bank
A Celebration of the New Year with Family and Friends!

First Night Montclair 2006 will ring in the New Year with an exciting lineup of sophisticated entertainment in an alcohol-free community event. First Night is a unique way for friends, neighbors and families to get together to celebrate the New Year and enjoy an affordable and memorable evening in the heart of Montclair's bustling downtown.

Our premier acts for 2006 include music legend Richie Havens, world-renowned illusionist the Amazing Kreskin, Nickelodeon Live! with special guests Dora the Explorer and Diego and Children's Folk Singer Tom Chapin. Other diverse musical acts, artistic programs and cultural events have been carefully chosen to appeal to many tastes and styles. The event will be held throughout Downtown Montclair. There's something for everyone to enjoy!

Many of Montclair's businesses will be open until midnight to add to the festive atmosphere and all the events are accessible by foot or through the use of free shuttles available from the Montclair Art Museum and Lackawanna Station/Pathmark

First Night Montclair promises to be the premier New Year's Eve celebration in NJ. Montclair's vibrant downtown, the diversity of entertainment and the tremendous spirit of the evening will provide people from all over the region with a New Year's Eve to remember.

Tickets for First Night 2006

Available Online NOW at:


And coming soon to the following locations:

Chase Bank
Upper Montclair - 580 Valley Road
Watchung - 17 Watchung Plaza
Downtown - 475 Bloomfield Ave

Kings Supermarkets
Upper Montclair - 650 Valley Rd
West Caldwell - 875 Bloomfield Ave
Verona - 300 Pompton Ave

South End Hardware - 321 Orange Rd
Montclair Municipal Building - Recreation and Cultural Affairs - 205 Claremont Ave


For information call - 973.509.4958

Posted by: James Cotter | Nov 27, 2005 8:00:43 PM


The great thing about First Night is that all performances last ~30-40 minutes; most are concentrated in proximate locations, and it's all one price. If you miss getting a seat at one thing, there's always half-a-dozen other choices a few doors down.

The street activity gives it a nice, community feel (assuming it's not a bitterly cold or inclement night) - a nice thing for adult and child alike.

First Night was resurrected by a group of Boston artists in 1976 as an alcohol-free alternative to traditional New Years Eve revelry. First Nights around the country organize diverse visual and performing arts programs that offer a shared New Years Eve experience that is accessible and affordable.

Posted by: Ginger | Nov 27, 2005 8:40:25 PM

TY for your information-

I appreciate it very much-

I understand what you have written.

However- the Nickoloedeon part of the evening (on the website anyway) states that the time for the actual show is yet to be determined-since that will be the focus of this particular outting- I wanted to know if there was some way i would be able to be certain to get a seat for that particular show--

Please don't take offense- my daughter is 4 and a half and she and I are shameless fans Nick jr and while I am certain I would enjoy this event in total-I am one of those parents- opposite those who take unruly children to restaurants-appreciate child free zones-and tend to treat her as the 4 and 1/2 year old that she is ...a 4o mintute show and then home for pj's is what I am about--so if anyone gets the inside scoop for Dora please let me know--if not I will call tomorrow and see if anymore info can be gained. Ty again!

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