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New Year’s Eve family fun in Carlisle

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One of the great things about the arrival of the New Year – it’s free! But some celebrations can be quite costly with expensive dinners, drinks, dancing, etc. Often these celebrations are geared towards an "adults only" crowd. Lucky for families in Central PA, the Borough of Carlisle’s First Night Carlisle 2014 celebration is a low-cost family-oriented event.

The 16th Annual First Night Carlisle celebration is only $10 per person for a button ($15 if you purchase your tickets on December 31st). For children 5 and under evening is free. Tickets may be purchased at the Carlisle Theater (40 West High Street), the Carlisle Giant Food Store (225 S. Spring Garden Street) or at any M&T Bank Carlisle locations. Buttons are also available via the internet for $12.50 in advance. This evening is a non-alcoholic event. High Street will be closed to traffic for several blocks from downtown to allow folks to travel from venue to venue with ease. Parking is free at any metered spot or several of the metered parking lots.

The schedule and venues for the evening’s events are as follows:

· Acoustic Stew: Acoustic blues and folk rock performs at the Old Courthouse. Performance times are 8:30-9:15 pm, 9:30-10:15 pm, and 10:30-11:15 pm. These performances are sponsored by Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.

· Brad Crum: Elvis impersonator with over 40 years of performing experience will appear at the Carlisle United Methodist Church in the multipurpose room. Show times are 8-8:45, 9-9:45, and 10-10:45. These performances are sponsored by Dickinson College.

· Carlisle Arts Learning Center: Fun activities for the whole family that encourage creativity and build self-esteem. Drop in anytime between 6:30-9:30 pm at the CALC building at 38 West Pomfret Street. This event is sponsored by the Warrell Corporation.

· Carlisle Poets Workshops: Poetry, dramatic readings, and musical interludes at the Bosler Memorial Library from 8-11 pm. This event is sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

· Celtic Martins: Enjoy Celtic music and Irish step dancing presented by this family of musicians who have performed together since 2004. Members of the band play the fiddle, Irish whistle, mandolin, and bagpipes. Performances will take place at 6:45-7:30 p.m. and 7:45-8:30 p.m. in the sanctuary at the First United Church of Christ (30 N. Pitt Street).

· Ducky & the Vintage: Enjoy this alternative rock band at the Carlisle Theater. Performance times are 10-10:45 p.m. and 11-11:45 p.m. The sponsor for this event is the Tuckey Companies.

· Frank & Maureen Hancock: Couples are invited to come learn how to salsa and rumba from these two experienced dance instructors at St. John’s Episcopal Church on the square. Class times are 7-7:45 p.m., 8-8:45 p.m., and 9-9:45 p.m. Dance instruction is sponsored by Comcast Cable.

· K & K Carriages: Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride in these restored carriages. Rides leave from High Street and take you throughout historic Carlisle. Sponsored by the Tuckey Companies, rides will be available between 7-9 p.m.

· Mad Men: Head over to the Comfort Suites at 10 S. Hanover Street to enjoy the pop/jazz/funk/hip-hop sounds of Mad Men. Show times are 8-8:45 p.m., 9-9:45 p.m., and 10-10:45 p.m. Mad Men are sponsored by The Sentinel.

· Payton Taylor: Back at the Carlisle Theater enjoy country/pop music from Payton Taylor at 6:30-7:15 p.m., 7:30-8:15 p.m., and 8:30-9:15 p.m. The Tuckey companies also sponsor this event.

· Popcorn Hat Players: The PHP, one of the most popular children’s entertainers in the area, will give performances at the First Presbyterian Church. Shows will be in the sanctuary at 6:15-7:15 and again at 7:30-8:30 p.m. The Carlisle Regional Medical Center is sponsoring this event.

· Ric LeBlanc: Over at the Weiss Center at Dickinson College enjoy folk rock from the former frontman of the band Cheap Sneakers. Ric also hosts open mic night every Thursday night at the Courthouse Common Coffee Shop. Sponsored by Cornerstone FCU.

· St. Paul’s Brass: The Fraternal Order of Eagles sponsors this brass quintet who will be performing at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in the sanctuary. Performances will be at 6:30-7 p.m., 7:15-7:45 p.m., and 8-8:30 p.m.

· Steppin’ Woofs Country Western Holiday: In the Fellowship Hall at the First United Church of Christ this dog act will entertain folks to country music tunes. Members of this group are from the Fieldwood Dog Training Center. Sure to be a hit with the kids stop by for one of their 3 shows at 6-6:30, 6:45-7:15, and 7:30-8. Steppin’ Woofs are sponsored by the Carlisle Regional Medical Center.

· Tim Harris: Watch Tim Harris carve an ice sculpture using an electric chainsaw. Tim will be sculpting on High Street between 7-9 p.m. and is sponsored by the Tuckey Companies.

· Wingin’ It: Improv comedy in the vein of Whose Line is it Anyway from the Carlisle High School Wingin' It group at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church at 8-8:45, 9-9:45, and 10-10:45 pm. This comedy troupe that has been together since 2005 is sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Other important locations of which to be aware are the First Aid station at the corner of Pitt and West High Streets, the Lost & Found at the Carlisle Theater, and bathrooms are available at most venues as well as some port-a-potties throughout the downtown area.

Throughout the evening the country music radio station RED 102.3 will be broadcasting live from High Street (7-9 p.m.). In previous years Carlisle dropped an Indy Car but this year they will be raising a Carlisle First Night Button. After the button raising there will be a fireworks display sponsored by the Tuckey Companies. For additional information on First Night Carlisle 2014 please call (717) 258-0666.

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