With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season winding down, the Newcomerstown Bicentennial Committee (also known as NBC) would like you to carve some extra family time out on New Year's Eve this year.
The committee will be kicking off the community's bicentennial (or 200th birthday) on New Year's Eve with a night filled with special events.
"A lot of people are talking about it (the bicentennial) now," said co-chairman of the committee Pat Cadle. "We're looking forward to a night of fun and fireworks."
First Night is a family-friendly, alcohol-free community celebration starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 31 and continues until midnight. There will be entertainment at six locations throughout the downtown area of Newcomerstown. Families may park at one location and walk to the various locations to see the several performances. Each 20-minute performance will be repeated six times during the evening.
Entertainment schedule includes: 8 to 8:20 p.m., first performance; 8:20 to 8:40 p.m., walk or drive to next location; 8:40 to 9 p.m., second performance; 9 to 9:20 p.m., walk or drive to next location; 9:20 to 9:40 p.m., third performance; 9:40 to 10 p.m., walk or drive to next location; 10 to 10:20 p.m., fourth performance; 10:20 to 10:40 p.m., walk or drive to next location; 10:40 to 11 p.m. fifth performance; 11 to 11:20 p.m., walk or drive to next location; 11:20 to 11:40 p.m., sixth performance; and midnight, fireworks display.
Entertainment locations and performers include:
• St. Paul Lutheran Church, 121 S. College St., Newcomerstown -- "Let the Music Sound," is a performance featuring the sound of the mighty pipe organ and grand piano.
• East Elementary School, 137 S. College St., Newcomerstown -- "Act Out" will present a puppet and marionette show telling fairy tales in a whole new and entertaining way.
• First Baptist Church, 125 S. River St., Newcomerstown -- Native America music to be performed by T.J. Marlatt.
• Olde Main Street Museum, 221 W. Canal St., Newcomerstown -- In "Trains of Newcomerstown" ... Dave Adair will tell the history of the types of trains that have passed through Newcomerstown and how our grandparents traveled to the "malls" of their day by train.
• Newcomerstown Senior Center, 222 S. Bridge St., Newcomerstown -- Dennis Regling's Family Magic Show is guaranteed entertainment for kids of all ages. Full of bright colors and laughter, it will be a memorable part of your evening.
• Laborer's Local Union 1345, 150 River St., Newcomerstown -- Games, disc jockey and snacks will be available here.
DJ Chuck Eicholtz of Music Explosion will be spinning the discs from 9 p.m. till midnight.
The fireworks display will be visible from most locations on downtown streets.
They will be set-off at the highest location in Newcomerstown which is behind Craigo's Citgo on Canal Street.
Cadle said there are only about five large cities in the entire state having fireworks on New Year's Eve.
This year, Newcomerstown will be one of those locations.
A free drawing for a $50 gift certificate will be awarded at midnight.
Door prize drawing at each location at midnight also. (Winners will be notified.)
The 20-member committee has events, all related to the bicentennial celebration, planned throughout the year.
Cadle urges everyone to take part and join in the 200th birthday of Newcomerstown.