to last year`s Program Schedule
E.A.T. St. Pete
Cocktail Lodge and Social Sanctuary
231 Central Avenue
Saint Petersburg FL 33701
PO Box 1915 St. Petersburg, FL 33731 Phone: 727.823.8906
Email: [email protected] Online: www.firstnightstpete.com
SPEND YOUR NEW YEAR’S EVE IN DOWNTOWN ST. PETERSBURG ENJOYING MUSIC, ART, FOOD, AND FIREWORKS!
FIRST NIGHT BUTTON SALES
FIRST TROLLEY ROUTE
The St. Petersburg
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Please buy a button. First Night is
supported almost entirely by private funds.
Button sales are important to make sure
that the tradition of First Night is available
for the years to come. Many venues are only
accessible with a button. All artists are paid
and the event is produced by a small, parttime staff and our terrific volunteers.
REMEMBER: Our artist designed lighted
buttons is a limited edition. Buy early to
assure you get one of these collector’s items!
Hand stamps will be used after buttons are
gone at the event. Buttons designed by local
artist Daniel Mrgan.
Advance Price $10 Adults $5 Children 6-12
Dec. 31 Price $15 Adults $10 children 6-12
Children 5 and under Free
Gas Convenience Stores
• Old Northeast Rally 2131 4th St. N–St. Petersburg
• Treasure Island, Rally 10801 Gulf Blvd.–Treasure Island
• Seminole Citgo, 5401 Seminole Blvd.–Seminole
Kahwa Coffee Shops
• Kahwa Expresso Bar NE 475 2nd Street North–St. Petersburg
• Kahwa Cafe 204 2nd Avenue South–St. Petersburg
• Kahwa Henderson 3928 Henderson Blvd–Tampa
Museum of Fine Arts, Arts 255 Beach Dr. NE–St. Petersburg
Courtyard by Marriott St. Petersburg Downtown 300 4th St. N–St. Petersburg
ARTicles, 1445 Central Ave.–St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce 100 2nd Ave N #150–St. Petersburg
The Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave.–St. Petersburg
Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave.–St. Petersburg
If you need more buttons, please call the First Night Office at 727-823-8906
Checks: make payable to: FIRST NIGHT ST. PETERSBURG
TIME: First Night takes place on New Year’s Eve, Thursday,
December 31st from 4 pm until Midnight in Downtown St. Petersburg
GETTING AROUND: All venues are within walking distance in downtown and
near the Waterfront. Walking shoes are recommended.
FIRST TROLLEY First Night Button holders will be able to ride the First Trolley
to the venues along 2nd Ave. N between the Spa Beach parking lot and the Sunshine
Center Auditorium ( see the route on the map) The First Trolley will run from 4:30 pm
until 11:30 pm. Look for the trolley stop signs. Be sure to buy your button before you
get on the Trolley!
FIRST NIGHT AARP LIFE REIMAGINED APP We are introducing a First
Night App that will have all the First Night information, schedules, ticket sales locations
and an interactive map for getting around First Night! It will also feature information on
how to get in touch with your favorite performers and artists for future fun!
Be sure to download our App from the Apple Store or Google Play. We will also put a link
on our website www.FirstNightStPete.com.
ORGANIZATION: Founded in 1993, First Night is an independent 501(c)3 not
for profit corporation run by a volunteer board of directors. The mission of First Night
is to broaden and deepen the public’s appreciation for the visual and performing and
literary arts through an innovative, diverse and high quality program on New Year’s Eve,
which offers the community a shared cultural experience in the center of the city that is
accessible and affordable.
GETTING THERE: Directions are available on the First Night website
WEATHER: First Night will take place rain or shine, as most performances are
indoors. First Night will not be cancelled due to weather.
WHERE TO BUY YOUR BUTTONS:
RESTROOMS: Some venues have restrooms and temporary
facilities are available in North and South Straub Parks.
PARKING: Downtown parking garages are open and metered
street parking is available for the whole evening. (See map)
To volunteer with First Night, you can
• visit our website to sign up online
• email us at [email protected]
• call 727.823.8906.
First Night St. Petersburg
P.O. Box 1915
St. Petersburg, FL 33731
1 First United Methodist
Fellowship Hall 212 3rd Street N
5:00 5:30 6:00 6:30 7:00 7:30 FIRST KIDS, HATS & MASKS, MUSICAL PETTING ZOO, MAD SCIENCE,
ST. PETE MAKERS LED/LIGHT STATION, SEA CREATURE PUPPETS
8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00
First United Methodist
Sanctuary 212 3rd Street N
B-ATO & GOSPEL
TRIPLE SHOT & A SPLASH
First United Methodist
Chapel 212 3rd Street N
TRIPLE SHOT & A SPLASH
YOUTH JAZZ STAGE
RADIO THEATER PROJECT INTERACTIVE THEATER
620 1st Ave. S.
3 Christ United Methodist Church
467 1st ave. N.
4 The St. Petersburg Greenhouse
440 2nd Ave. N
5 Mirror Lake Community Library
280 5th St. N
6 St. Pete Shuffleboard Club
SHUFFLEBOARD & MUSIC BY FREELOW
559 Mirror Lake Drive
7 Sunshine Center Auditorium
330 5th N
8 Cathedral of St. Peter
OPERA IN THE
140 4th Street North
9 Williams Park
CHAMBER MUSIC IN
OPERA IN THE
CHAMBER MUSIC IN
WANNEMACHER JENSEN INTERACTIVE LIGHT SCULPTURE
2nd Ave. N between 3rd & 4th Streets
FLORIDA WEST BALLET
10 Plaza Courtyard
SWING DANCE LESSONS
111 2nd Ave. NE
11 South Straub Park
FLORIDA WEST BALLET
HOT ROD HORNETS
HOT ROD HORNETS
HOT ROD HORNETS
HONEY BUNCH FACE PAINTING , TATTOO PARLOR, THE BUCKET SHOW, ST. PETE PRESERVATION MOVIES IN THE PARKS, JONAH THE WANDERING MAGICIAN
Beach Drive NE between 1st and 2nd Ave.
CREATIVE CLAY KIDS MURAL
WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT ASSOCIATION (WADA)
CURIOSITY: AN ART INSTALLATION
LITTLE LATIN QUARTER
OFF THE WALL
12 Museum of Fine Arts
255 Beach Dr. NE
13 North Straub Park
PATHFINDER TREE CLIMB AND ROPE BRACELETS
Beach Drive NE between 4th and 5th Ave.
GLICE WINTER SKATING
LABYRINTH AND BONFIRE
KICK IT WITH THE ROWDIES
14 St. Petersburg Museum of History EMPTY HATS
335 2nd Ave. NE
15 Spa Beach Park Dance Stage
DRUM CIRCLE, RESOLUTION FIRE SCULPTURE
400 2nd Ave. NE
5:00 1 FIRST UNITED METHODIST FELLOWSHIP HALL
212 3RD STREET N
FirstKids | 4-7 pm
Start your First Night activities at 4pm when we take over the Fellowship Hall at the First
United Methodist Church. First Kids has a 23-year history of fun for the entire family!
Hats and Masks | 4-7 pm
Come create crazy New Year’s party hats and masks with Sherri Lundquist.
Always a First Night favorite!
St. Pete Makers LED/Light Station | 4-7 pm
St. Pete Makers are a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing to the citizens of
St. Petersburg the tools, knowledge, and resources to foster collaboration, learning,
invention and creativity. Get ready to add more bling to your paper hat tradition! St Pete
Makers will host an LED light making station and teach you how to add a simple LED light
to your New Years Eve chapeau!
Musical Petting Zoo | 4-7 pm
Musical Petting Zoo brought to you by the Second Time Arounders Band
Have you always wanted to be in a band? Now you can try out your favorite Band Brass
instrument. They will have their zoo of instruments for all to try.
Mad Science | 4-7 pm
Super Hero Science: The Science Behind the Powers! In Super Hero Science, explore the science behind super powers and the scientists that
helped explain them. Learn about the power of magnetism and how we can use it to
manipulate metal. Explore the power of air and how we can use it to fly. See a vortex and
feel its power! Watch as electricity is harnessed through the fourth state of matter - plasma.
Lastly, be amazed as we handle fire - literally! Sea Creature Puppets | 4-7pm
First Night and the Morean Center for Clay Summer Campers got together over the summer
and created new Sea Creature Puppets for our procession! Come wear a puppet and join
Sea Creature Procession | 7:30 pm
Prepare for the First Night Procession to the Bubble Stomp!
At 7:15 pm we will gather in front of the First United Methodist Church, and the Sea
Creature Procession will march down to the Waterfront for the Bubble Stomp and the First
Fireworks. One of the Rowdies players and the Mt Zion Drumline and Color Guard will lead
the Procession. The Mt. Zion group teaches individuals ages 7-21 about the positive effect
music can have in your life.
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH SANCTUARY
First Night Jazz | 7-11:30pm B-ATO and Gospel Remix 7:30pm-8:00
Belinda Womack a. k. a. B-ATO and Gospel Remix hosted by
Crossover Church of Tampa along with community singers
from both Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. An inspiring
time of praise and worship designed by God to help all who
attend and participate to end one year and start the new year
praising God by offerings of praise! YOU DONT WANT TO JUST
HEAR ABOUT IT...COME BE A PART OF IT!!!!!! Jeremiah 29:11
JAZZ 9:00-10:00 and 10:15-11:00
Belinda Womack with Marian Mage, Steve Mage, Rob Clark Belinda Womack
and Michael James, a. k. a. Triple Shot and a Splash
The sizzling hot sound of Jazz music for all ages! Join Belinda and her amazingly talented
band for two great sets of music and lots of fun. Come in and give us your requests or just
sit, stand and bounce to their renditions of memorable sounds.
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH CHAPEL
Youth Jazz Stage | 8-8:45 pm
Come out and listen to some of our future Jazz masters as they develop their chops!
We are proud to present the PCCA Jazz Band for your listening pleasure.
620 1ST AVE. S.
Radio Theater Project Interactive Theater! | 6-9 pm
The Radio Theatre Project at the Studio@620 brings their popular show to First Night.
Tonight’s your chance to get on mic, and try your hand at sound effects - we’ll show you
how with new scripts by the writers of “Noel Berlin, Cabaret Detective.” Fun for listeners and
participants of all ages. 3 CHRIST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
467 1ST AVE. N.
Shana Banana 7:15 - 8 and 9 - 9:45
Shana Banana will be GOING BANANAS in an interactive family concert. Come sing along!
Chorus Angelorum 6:30-7 and 8:15 - 8:45
Chorus Angelorum is an outstanding a cappella vocal ensemble of male and
5:30 6:00 6:30 7:00 7:30 female voices, offering fine quality performances of vocal music to the Tampa Bay area.
Their repertoire includes pieces from the Middle Ages to contemporary and popular styles.
The group performs works by composers from Thomas Morley and Giovanni Gabrielli, to Bach,
Mozart, Bruckner and Mendelssohn. Contemporary composers include Eric Whitacre, and Ola
Gjeilo as well as the works of Paul McCartney, Peter Townsend, and Paul Simon.
4 THE ST. PETERSBURG GREENHOUSE
440 2ND AVE. N
OfficeConcerts.com presentsTroubadours at the Greenhouse featuring:
Jun Bustamante 8-8:50
Local favorite Jun is back singing solo, come hear her fusion of hip-hop, electro, jazz and world
topped by her amazing vocals.
Sam Pacetti 9-9:50
Sam is a finger style guitar wizard. A deft songwriter, capable of haunting depth and wry
humor in the space of one song.
Brooke Ramel 10-10:50
Brooke is an articulate songwriter and her singing is both convincing and emotionally moving,
and her musicianship is flawless. Brooke Ramel is an original, all the way to the core, who
knows how to rock.
5 MIRROR LAKE COMMUNITY LIBRARY
280 5TH ST. N
Literary Carnivale at the Library | 4-8 pm
Come and enjoy the fun of a family Carnivale, as the St. Petersburg Library System celebrates
the 100th anniversary of the historic Mirror Lake Community Library and 100 years of service to
the residents and visitors of St. Petersburg. In carnival-style fun, the library will feature games,
crafts, giveaways, exhibits, presentations, performers and more. Join the birthday bash and the
culmination of a year of celebration.
Come make a candle lit boat and help us light up Mirror Lake at 6:30 pm with 500 boats as we
wind-up the library’s Centennial Celebration!
6 SHUFFLEBOARD CLUB
559 MIRROR LAKE DRIVE
Music by Freelow | 7-10 pm
The St. Pete Shuffle will be giving shuffleboard lessons to anyone wanting to learn to Shuffle!
While you are Shuffling, move your hips the fabulous Reggae beat and music of Freelow with
influences of reggae, rock, folk, hip hop, and blues alongside Jason Frilot’s positive, poignant
lyrics, the songs appeal to people of every hue and age group.
7 SUNSHINE CENTER AUDITORIUM
330 5TH N
American Stage Improv | 7-7:30, 8-8:30, 9-9:30
As Per Usual is an improv comedy team from the American Stage Improv Training Program,
which specializes in the art of long form improv rooted in the Upright Citizen’s Brigade style.
APU digs into the funny details of life, and emphasizes the surrealism we see in reality. A
comedy show that’s unique, compelling, and… completely improvised.” 8 CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF ST. PETER
140 4TH STREET NORTH
Opera in the Cathedral Opera | 7:00pm and 9:00pm. St Petersburg Opera Company will present a program of everyone’s favorite opera arias in the
beautiful sanctuary. The program will be narrated by Artistic Director, Mark Sforzini.
Chamber Music in the Cathedral | 8:00pm and 10:00pm
Also, joining the opera company members will be professional instrumentalists in a unique
selection of chamber music. 9 WILLIAMS PARK
2ND AVE. N BETWEEN 3RD & 4TH STREETS.
Duke Energy presents Light-up Williams Park | 7:30-11 pm
Truth Tap Company 6:30-7
The Truth Tap Company is a Professional Tap Company founded by Ruth Martin. Members
include tap dancers from Pinellas County that come together to share their love of this
American art form. For First Night, they will be performing original choreography by Ruth
Martin and they will improvise choreography which means they will choreograph the routine
on the spot.
Florida West Ballet | 7-7:45 pm and 9-9:45 pm
FLORIDA WEST BALLET a not-for-profit pre-professional performing arts company with dancers
of elementary age through college presents a classic and contemporary ballet medley including
variations from Raymonda and the Nutcracker; Original Choreography from the opera, Merlin;
and their youngest dancers performing original, modern choreography.
Dundu Dole 8-8:45 pm and 10-10:45 pm
Dundu Dole Urban African Ballet is aa First Night favorite, their high energy and colorful
costumes are just the start of why this is one of Tampa Bay’s premier dance companies.
Don’t miss their amazing dance show!
8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 Wannemacher Jensen Architects interactive Light Sculpture
Wannemacher Jensen Architects is producing an interactive dancing light installation
at the Williams Park Band Shell. Come be immersed in colored light, play in colored
shadows, dance, and make larger than life shadow puppets. Light is an art form that
speaks to people of all ages and backgrounds. It stimulates your memories of seasons,
sunsets, and New Year’s Eve fireworks. Williams Park was founded in 1888 and was once
the outdoor entertainment hub of the city. New Year’s Eve is a day to remember the
past year and to be optimistic about the coming year. This installation therefore seeks
to bring attention to this important historical landmark with optimism for future park
enhancement and renewal. 10 PLAZA COURTYARD
111 2ND AVE. NE
The Ale and the Witch Presents:
Hot Rod Hornets | 8-8:45, 9:15-10,
We love the Rockabilly sounds of the Hornets!
Bring your swing dancing shoes and best dance
partner! The HRH’s are influenced by Sun Record
greats Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, &
Jerry Lee Lewis. Add in rockabilly rebels Eddie
Cochran & Gene Vincent, & you will hear how The Hot Rod Hornets
Hot Rod Hornets trio bring their brand of high energy music with every performance!
Swing Dance Lessons with Arleen Norman 7-8, 8:45-9:15, 10-10:30
This place will be swinging! Arleen Norman is back to teach swing dance! She will teach a
lesson before the band starts and during the band breaks.
11 SOUTH STRAUB PARK
BEACH DR. NE BTW. 1ST AND 2ND AVES N
Creative Clay Kids Mural 4-8pm
Join Creative Clay in the First Night Children’s Mural project! Experience the freedom and
community of painting on three huge wooden panels with professional internationally
renowned installation artist, Ya La’Ford. After the portable murals are completed, they will
be donated to CASA’s new women’s shelter to decorate the play area and garden.
The Warehouse Arts District Association (WADA) 8-11:30 pm
The Warehouse Arts District Association (WADA) is bringing back Carrie Jadus’ Butterfly
Photo Opp Mural. Also, get a free 5 minute portrait by your favorite famous artist at
Portrait Masters. See an over life-sized puppet. Create your own art with block print
making from Funktionhouse Urban Lumber and Furnishings! Find out more about the
Honey Bunch Face Painting | 7-11:30pm
Honey Bunch will be painting faces all evening. Get your face painted and put something
in her tip jar!
Tattoo Parlor | 7-11:30pm
Get a limited edition temporary tattoo of this year’s First Night artwork designed by Local
artist Daniel Mrgan.
The Bucket Show | 7-11:30pm
The bucket drummer is back with his amazing rhythms. Enjoy the show and put some
money in his hat!
St. Pete Preservation Movies in the Parks at First Night | 7-11:00pm
St. Petersburg Preservation is the proud producer of Movies In the Park on Thursday
nights during May & October on the downtown waterfront. New this year, Movies in
the Park comes to First Night! Enter St. Petersburg Preservation’s special theater in the
park to enjoy some fun film shorts of vintage Florida. And don’t forget to pick up your
complimentary bead necklace as a thanks for your visit!
Jonah the Wandering Magician 7-11:30pm
Jonah will be strolling the waterfront parks showing some great sleight-of-hand and card
tricks. Keep you eye out of him and don’t forget to put some bills in his tip jar!
12 MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
255 BEACH DR. NE
Curiosity: An Art Installation | 7- Midnight
Inspired by the light and vegetation of Florida, Piotr Janowski aimed to highlight the
beauty of his surroundings: “The meticulously applied and highly reflective medium
invites the viewer to explore every groove and hair of the bark. Paradoxically, it is revealing
Sylvia Rusche State Farm insurance Agency presents:
Little Latin Quarter | 8-11:30pm
Simone Amaral is one of Tampa Bay’s leading dance instructors. Tonight you can join her
and DJ Manny to freshen up your step or learn the basic bachata and salsa dance. Simone
Salsa will be offering 30 minute lessons in Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Merengue, Salsa, and
Bachata with dancing in between. People are welcome to bring percussion instruments
and play along.
10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00
8:00 pm to 8:30 pm - Merengue Lesson
8:30 pm to 9:00 pm - DANCING!
9:00 pm to 9:30 pm - Bachata Lesson
9:30 pm to 10:00 pm - DANCING!
10:00 pm to 10:30 pm - Salsa Lesson
10:30 pm to 11:00 pm - DANCING!
11:00 pm to 11:30 pm - Cha Cha Cha Lesson
Off the Wall | 7-11:30pm
Artist and designer David Meek of Phillip Gary Design will create a visual experience
through design projected on the North Wall of the Museum of Fine Arts.
13 NORTH STRAUB PARK
BEACH DR. NE BTW. 3RD AND 4TH AVES
Pathfinder Tree Climb and Rope Bracelets | 5-11 p.m
Scale the heights of the Banyan Tree with Pathfinder as your guide. Sign up early and
learn to tie some cool knots into a bracelet while you wait.
The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Resolution Labyrinth
and Bonfire | 7-11:30pm
Presented by the Society of Friends (Quakers) this interactive First Night experience is
a longtime First Night favorite. Come walk the Labyrinth and tie a ribbon for the New
Year and release the past by burning it in the fire.
Bubble Stomp | 7:45-7:55
Don’t be late because the crowd loves this one!
We will stomp the Bubbles when the Sea Creature
Procession arrives from FirstKids. It’s great fun but it
doesn’t last long!
Finale Stage North Straub Park The Rowdies Present:
Kafkasso and Belly Dancers | 7-9pm
Come enjoy the Mediterranean sounds of Kafkasso.
They combine Rock, Flamenco and Turkish melodies.
They will be joined by Johanna Zenobia and Osaris
from Hip Expressions Studio. Don’t miss their
fabulous music and belly dance show!
The Mandarin Hide presents:
Boxcar Hollow | 9pm-Midnight
Boxcar Hollow is a band derived from
experience and musical prowess. This postmodern folk americana newgrass quartet,
takes the true essence of the roots of folk and
bluegrass, with jamband sensibilities and
turns it into this new yet familiar sound we call
Kick it with The Rowdies at First Night | 6-9 pm
The Rowdies will be kicking it in the Park with the inflatable soccer field. Players will
be there to meet fans and sign autographs. Check out the activities and giveaways.
Spin the Wheel to see what you can win!
Human Foosball 6-11 pm
Try your soccer skills in our oversized foosball court. Form a team and join the fun!
Glice Winter Skating | 7-11:30
Who says you can’t ice skate in Florida? Glide into the New Year on a realistic ice
skating rink! BYOS (Bring Your Own Socks)!
14 ST. PETERSBURG MUSEUM OF HISTORY 335 2ND AVE. NE
Empty Hats | 7-11 pm
Empty Hats is an enthusiastic, passionate, and charming band that surprises and
delights fans from ages 3 to 93 with their acoustic blend of traditional and original
SPA BEACH PARK ON THE PIER APPROACH
THE DRUM CIRCLE IS BACK!
By popular demand Drum Magic is back with their fabulous drums.
Come join the circle and make some musical magic!
Resolution Fire Sculpture | 8-11:30
Local artist James Oleson will be building a Resolution Fire Sculpture.
Come write your resolution on paper, wood or fabric and help construct the sculpture.
We will be lighting it up it at 11:30 pm!
KA BOOM 8pm and Midnight FIREWORKS!
The excitement will start at 8pm with our traditional First Fireworks display.
Make sure you have the best spot in the park for the Firework Finale at midnight….
you will not want to miss this year’s final KABOOM!
Food and Drinks
There will be food and drinks for sale in South Straub Park, North Straub Park.