Your Time: First Night 2017, Northampton

  • People watch fireworks as they are launched from the roof of the E. J. Gare Parking Garage during First Night in Northampton, Saturday. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Henry the Juggler entertains children and adults alike at the Unitarian Society during First Night entertainment in Northampton, Saturday. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

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    Members of Pioneer Valley Ballet perform "Waltz of the Snowflakes" from "The Nutcracker" at the Academy of Music during First Night entertainment Saturday in Northampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Mei Onuma, 3, of Boston, plays a drum amid a group of others led by Ellen Clegg at Friends Meeting House, one of the events offered at First Night 2017 Saturday in Northampton. Clegg is the founder of Wellness Empowerment Drumming. She utilizes drumming to create community and individual transformation and empowerment. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Marlene Wong, from left, Robin Hoffman and Richard Perlmutter, who are The Well Tempered Ukes, perform at First Churches of Northampton during First Night festivities Saturday. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Laura Breunig of SHOW Circus Studio in Easthampton performs an aerial sling routine at the Academy of Music Dec. 31, 2016 during the First Night Northampton festivities. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Alex Johnson —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Pioneer Valley Ballet —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Wofa African Drum and Dance —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Logan Averill-Cilam —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Mary Choo, Charlie Fahey, Danny (last name withheld), Corinne Shaw —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Pioneer Valley Ballet —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Fireworks —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Jeff Potter —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Alison Morse, Joe Morse —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Jeff Millard, Mariann Millard —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Andy Helgerson and Amanda Knox of Erving share a laugh Dec. 31, 2016 during a First Night Northampton performance outside of the Academy of Music. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • 1. Mark Yes of the Expandable Brass Band 2. Pioneer Valley Ballet 3. From left, Mary Choo, Charlie Fahey, Danny, Corinne Shaw 4. Andy Helgerso, Amanda Knox, Sandy Ward 5. Logan Averill-Cilam 6. Alison Morse, Joe Morse 7. Jeff Millard, Mariann Millard 8. Alex Johnson 9. Fireworks 10. Jeff Potter 11. Kamini Waldman On the cover: Laura Breunig of SHOW Circus 1. Mark Yes of the Expandable Brass Band 2. Pioneer Valley Ballet 3. From left, Mary Choo, Charlie Fahey, Danny, Corinne Shaw 4. Andy Helgerso, Amanda Knox, Sandy Ward 5. Logan Averill-Cilam 6. Alison Morse, Joe Morse 7. Jeff Millard, Mariann Millard 8. Alex Johnson 9. Fireworks 10. Jeff Potter 11. Kamini Waldman On the cover: Laura Breunig of SHOW Circus

  • Kamini Waldman of SHOW Circus Studio in Easthampton performs a juggling act at the Academy of Music Dec. 31, 2016 during the First Night Northampton festivities. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • The Expandable Brass Band including Sandy Ward of Holyoke performs outside the Academy of Music Dec. 31, 2016 during the First Night Northampton festivities. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Jayme Winell of Northampton, a dancer with The Tinydance Project, performs outside of the Academy of Music Dec. 31, 2016 during the First Night Northampton festivities. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Chenoa Albertson of SHOW Circus Studio in Easthampton performs on the lyra wearing stilts at the Academy of Music Dec. 31, 2016 during the First Night Northampton festivities. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Andy Helgerson and Amanda Knox of Erving dance as Expandable Brass Band member Sandy Ward of Holyoke performs with the group outside the Academy of Music Dec. 31, 2016 during the First Night Northampton festivities. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Henry the Juggler —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

On Saturday, for the 32nd time, New Year's Eve revelers hit the streets for Northampton’s First Night festivities. The event kicked off with performances by the SHOW Circus Studio and the Expandable Brass Band at the Academy of Music and continued for 12 hours at 20 downtown venues. Theater, dance, music, comedy and entertainment for children were among the offerings.

"The programming has so much variety,” Andy Helgerson of Erving said. “If you’re a jazz person, they have jazz. If you’re a poetry person, they have poetry. There’s something for every person.”

Avril Averill of Easthampton helped his son, Logan Averill-Cilam, 4, who was dressed as a dragon, drum in the new year with facilitator Ellen Clegg, who is the founder of Wellness Empowerment Drumming in Northampton.

"He's a good-luck dragon," Averill said. 

Mariann and Jeff Millard of South Hadley, who moved there in 2014, spent their first-ever First Night dancing to the beat of L'il BeeDee and the Doo-Rites at the World War II Club.

"I love swing dancing, and he's a really good sport about it," Mariann Millard said, referring to her husband. They also took in the fireworks and had dinner at the ConVino Wine Bar.

Joe and Alison Morse of Northampton worked as volunteers again this year, something they've been doing for about 15 years.

"It's a chance to give back to the community," Joe Morse said. "It's a lot of  fun. I like to meet all the people and say hello."




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