FIRST NIGHT® COLUMBIA 2013!!
Greetings from First Night® Columbia 2013!!
First Night Columbia UPDATE!!
New Year’s Eve Celebration
Columbia, MO – The outdoor activities to include the processions and the fireworks displays at 9:30 and midnight have been canceled due to the weather. All indoor activities and entertainment will be held. The midnight finale will be at the Missouri Theater beginning at 11:30 pm.
For our first time visitors, First Night® Columbia is a festival that occurs on New Year’s Eve throughout 12 venues in The District, downtown Columbia, MO. The event kicks off with a nationally certified 5K Run/Walk at 4:00 in front of Cyclextreme. The Children’s Art Area opens at 6:30 p.m. at the Calvary Episcopal Church and all of the performance venues open at 7:00. There is a children’s procession and finale with fireworks at 9:15 starting at the City Building. The Grand Finale and Procession starts in front of the Missouri Theatre at 11:30 and processes to the Courthouse Square with fireworks at midnight!
The entertainment theme for First Night® Columbia 2013 is “IT’S ALL ABOUT THE GUITAR!!” The language and skill of the guitar is universal as it connects multiple cultures, genres and generations. This year, First Night will feature local and national guitar power players from a wide variety of styles. One of our special features will be national touring artists, Davis, Miller, May, Acoustic Americana trio, featuring Flatpick Guitar with Gretchen Priest-May on fiddle. Check out the impressive bios of Brad Davis, Dan Miller and Tim May on our Performers page.
NEW THIS YEAR! Acoustic Instrument Workshop on New Year’s Day-
Start your new year off with goals of taking your music skills to that next level of expertise! Davis, Miller, May will host a 3 hour workshop the afternoon of January 1st, 2013 “Improvisation on all Acoustic Instruments”…all skill levels welcome! All proceeds will go to First Night Columbia. More info on our Performers page…
EARLY BUTTON SALES BEGIN DECEMBER 1ST!
Our Early Button Buyers’ Drawing is back this year with even more prizes! Buy your buttons before 4:00 on Monday, December 31st for $8 and enter your name in a drawing for a Bristol acoustic guitar from the Guitar Finder, Cajon Box Drum from Barnhouse’s Crazy Music Store, a subscription to the national publication-Flatpick Guitar Magazine, dinner for two from Bleu Restaurant and Wine Bar or music lessons from the Columbia Academy of Music! You can enter your name for every button purchased…at all Gerbes locations, Streetside Records, the ARC and downtown Parks and Rec. Winners announced at the Grande Finale! $10 at the door …Children 7 & under are Free!! Buttons get you into all venues!
Entertainment updates: MAGIC!!!
David Casas, Magician, will be replacing Keith Jozef this year. We will miss Keith and look forward to his return to First Night but in the meanwhile, get ready for the amazing David Casas! For more info on David, go to our Performers Page.
Some First Night 2013 highlights coming your way:
Como Derby Dames will skate and lead the People’s Procession down 9th Street …and you don’t want to miss the Grand Finale on the Courthouse Square starting at 11:30 with guitar guru, Tom Williams of La Movida, performing the national anthem, Jimi Hendrix style, in honor of our “It’s All About the Guitar” theme.
ENTERTAINMENT: Go to our “PERFORMERS” page for entertainment highlights, info on our entertainers and the schedule.
VENUE LOCATIONS: Go to our “MAP” page for venue locations. Please note, ALL of our venues are located downtown in The District. NEW this year! The City Hall Building venue is now FREE!..along with our previously free venues at the Columbia Art League Gallery, the Children’s Art Area at Calvary Episcopal, the processions, the fireworks and finale shows at the Courthouse Square and the Meditation and Reflection Chapel at Missouri United Methodist Church.
BUTTON INFORMATION: Go to our “PERFORMERS” page for information on early button sales/locations, general button admission information.
VOLUNTEER: Contact Lisa at the City of Columbia’s Volunteer Program 874-7499 or volunteer@GoColumbiaMo.com and go to our “VOLUNTEER” page for job descriptions.
SPONSORSHIP: Go to our “SPONSORSHIP” page to see info on our amazing sponsors and grant supporters! Also, you will find a form and information on how to become a sponsor.
5K RUN/WALK: Go to our “MAP” page for entry form, map, certification details
HOTEL LODGING: Stay Overnight! Go to www.visitcolumbiamo.com for lodging information
DINING: Come early and enjoy a meal with your family at one of our fine restaurants or coffee shops in The District! Enjoy coffee and specialty foods throughout the evening! http://www.discoverthedistrict.com/dining.html
with affection and gratitude…
ARTWORK and THEME: by Rockbridge Art Student Graduate, Sawyer Wade
Jane Accurso, Director, Jane@firstnightcolumbia.org, 573 673-8477
Financial assistance has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state Agency