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Friday Flashback #277

It’s New Year’s Eve! How will you celebrate?

For more than 2 decades, Westporters had the choice of First Night.

Long after other towns and cities ended their December 31 parties, ours rocked on.

The indomitable Barbara Pearson-Rac — and a host of volunteers — ensured that the orchestral, jazz, swing, country and a cappella music; face painting, ice sculptures and model railroads; comedy and improv shows; horse-and-buggy rides; star-gazing; fireworks and more — went off without a hitch.

(So long as the weather cooperated.)

Times change. Celebrations go in and out of fashion. Costs rose. Volunteers dwindled. The last First Night was in 2017. Barbara Pearson-Rac died in August.

To honor her — and 2 decades of New Year’s Eveses — here’s a look back at First Nights past.

A First Night horse-drawn sleigh.

Fireworks over the Saugatuck River. (Drone photo/John Videler)

The Survivors Swing Band at the Westport Library. (Photo/Fred Cantor)

Model trains were always a big draw.

Barbara Pearson-Rac was at Town Hall, overseeing the 2015 First Night

The Westport Astronomical Society setsup a telescope outside the library. 

A mother wrangled her young son at the Saugatuck Elementary School bounce house.

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