NEW YEAR'S NEEDHAM 2012 IS tomorrow 12/31!
This year's events are taking place at the newly renovated Powers Hall in the Town Hall building. This will include nationally known comedian Jim Colliton who will focus on the crazy details of life in the suburbs, Melodius Funk jazz band and Charles River Ballet! Also new this year is the New Year's Dance Party with 7-piece band HIPSOCKET at the Needham VFW from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
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NEW YEAR'S NEEDHAM 2011
The Needham Cultural Council’s fifth annual New Year’s Needham celebration will be held all day on Saturday, Dec. 31 at various locations. Be sure to get your New Year’s button for $5 so you can join the festivities. Buttons are available at many places around town, including: Stephen Palmer Senior Center, Needham Park and Recreation Dept. at the Public Services Administration Building, selectmen's office at the Town Hall, Taylor's Stationery, Roche Bros., Sudbury Farms, Needham Free Public Library, and Perennial Design. The button provides access to all New Year’s Needham events except for the NYN dance celebration in the VFW Hall.
Below is a full schedule of events for NYN ’12:
- All day. Annual Ice Sculpture (Town Common)—This year’s creation will include castles, unicorns and other fantasies.
- 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Needham Art Association exhibit (Needham Free Public Library)—Exhibit featuring Needham’s local artists
- 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Puppet Show (library)—Ages 3 and up will enjoy the Pumpernickel Puppets as they present “Sir George and the Dragon.” Larger than life size puppets will present a fun and colorful twist on classic stories.
- Noon and 3:30 p.m. Creative Movement & Arts Center open house (Creative Movement & Arts Center)—Ages 1-8 are invited to the to enjoy an afternoon of arts and crafts, special performances, sports, karaoke and open gym for the kids.
- 12:30 p.m. Storyteller (library)—Storyteller Katie Latimer’s trademark fast-paced and witty style and unforgettable stories are sure to make you laugh.
- 12:30 p.m. Stories and Songs (Creative Movement & Arts Center, red gym)—Stacey Peasley will combine catchy songs, music, dancing and storytelling to inspire children and parents to enjoy music together.
- 1:00 p.m. The Needham Youth Chamber Ensemble (The Congregational Church of Needham, sanctuary)—Needham residents joined by area students from New England Conservatory and Longy Prep will present a wide variety of classics and popular music.
- 1:00 p.m. Needham Dance Theatre (Christ Episcopal Church, fellowship hall)—A repertoire of jazz, hip-hop and ballet. Dancers of all ages will entertain with beautiful choreography that is stirring as well as clever and fun.
- 1:00 p.m. The Singing Trooper (St. Joseph’s School, Kennedy gym)—Sgt. Daniel M. Clark is known as “The Singing Trooper.” People Magazine published an article on Clark, prompting his appearances on the “Rosie O’Donnell Show” and the “Donnie and Marie Show.”
- 1:30 p.m. Storyteller (library)— Storyteller Katie Latimer will give an encore peformance.
- 2:00 p.m. Charles River Ballet (Town Hall, Powers Hall)—CRBA dancers move beyond technique to bring classical and contemporary pieces to life in an exciting performance.
- 2:00 p.m. O’Shea-Chaplin Academy of Irish Dancing (Christ Episcopal Church, fellowship hall)—Irish step dancers will combine traditional and contemporary dances in a truly exciting way.
- 2:00 p.m. Quinobequin Quilters (Prudential Properties)—The quilters will present a colorful show featuring the work of local artists.
- 2:30 p.m. Magician Chris Bolter (library)—One of New England’s premier children’s entertainers will captivate the minds and hearts of children of every age.
- 2:30 p.m. Needham High School Honors Quartet (The Congregational Church of Needham, sanctuary)—Musicians from Needham High School will play from their repertoire.
- 2:30-4:30 p.m. The Exchange Club Train (Memorial Park)—Come hop in and take a ride on the kid’s train.
- 3:00 p.m. Kirk Family Band (Christian Science Reading Room, downstairs)—Fun and upbeat folk and folk rock harmonies, guitars, sax and harmonica—fun for all ages.
- 3:00 p.m. Fermata Nowhere (Christ Episcopal Church of Needham, sanctuary)—Needham High School’s largest all-female a cappella group will perform.
- 3:15 and 4:00 p.m. Magician Chris Bolter (library)—One of New England’s premier children’s entertainers will captivate the minds and hearts of children of every age.
- 4:00 p.m. Folk music (Christian Science Reading Room, sanctuary)—Dan and Faith will play inspired original folk music. Dan plays guitar and harmonica, while Faith plays the mandolin, bass guitar, tenor banjo and the harmonica.
- 4:00 p.m. Great Plain Squares (First Parish in Needham)—Square dance fun for all, ages 8 and up. No experience needed.
- 5:00 p.m. Acoustic music (Christian Science Reading Room)—Kirsten and Dave play acoustic pop, country, acoustic blues or folk/ bluegrass. They play a mix of covers and original tunes.
- 5:00 p.m. West Newton Ceili Band (Christ Episcopal Church, sanctuary)—The West Newton Ceili Band will delight the audience with jigs, reels and other dance tunes of a fine traditional Irish session.
- 5:30 p.m. Classical music (The Congregational Church of Needham, sanctuary)—Kurt Munstedt will perform solo sonatas of Brahms, Beethoven, and Sarasate for violin and piano with accompaniment.
- 6:00-9:00 p.m. Plugged In Teen Bands (Wild Willy’s Restaurant)—Needham’s own rising talents, ages 8-18, will play a variety of cover songs and originals.
- 6:00-10:00 p.m. Outdoor Music and Light Show (Town Common)—See the ice sculpture and enjoy musical accompaniment.
- 6:00 p.m. Magician Chris Bolter: Adult Magic Show (Town Hall, Powers Hall)—Award-winning magician and mind reader whose performances are full of wit, comedy and jaw-dropping feats of magic.
- 6:00 p.m. Songwriter Beth DeSombre (Christian Science Reading Room, sanctuary)—DeSombre writes smart and uplifting songs, telling stories of people and places along life’s crooked highways.
- 6:00 p.m. Ballroom Dance New England (Christ Episcopal Church, fellowship hall)—Merengue the night away with instructors from Needham’s premier ballroom dance studio. No partner needed!
- 7:00 p.m. Melodius Funk (Town Hall, Powers Hall)—Melodius Funk is Needham’s longest running independent jazz group. Their name says it all—jazz with strong melodies, played funky.
- 7:00 p.m. Sound Investment (Christian Science Reading Room, sanctuary)—A throw-back to the days of college octets and glee clubs, sings timeless favorites that appeal to a variety of musical tastes and generations.
- 7:00 p.m. Needham Concert Society (The Congregational Church of Needham, sanctuary)—Several of Needham’s professional musician residents will join with young musicians to perform works of Bach, Vivaldi, Dvorak, Mozart and more.
- 7:00 p.m. Longwood Opera presents Broadway and opera selections (Christ Episcopal Church, sanctuary)—An opportunity for the whole family to enjoy both genres.
- 8:15 p.m. Needham Community Theatre (Christ Episcopal Church, sanctuary)—Come hear this local troupe perform show tunes and songs from your favorite musicals.
- 8:00-9:30 p.m. Comedian Jim Colliton (Town Hall, Powers Hall)—This husband and father of three has a hilarious insights of life in the suburbs that we all can relate to.
- 8:00 p.m. to midnight. The Homegrown Coffeehouse (First Parish in Needham)
—8:00 p.m. Jerry Wasserman & Friends: A perennial NYN favorite, with a folk-pop vibe
—9:00 p.m. Singer Margaret Sargent; NHS student Sophie London performs original folk-rock tunes
—10:00 p.m. until midnight: Folk music and poetry in the round with host Chris Pahud.
- 9:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Hipsocket Band Dance Party (Needham VFW Hall)—This seven-piece band has been a hip part of the area music scene for two decades playing jazz, Motown, soul, funk and pop. For ages 21 and up.