Since announcing the cancellation of in-person First Night North events in St. Johnsbury, Catamount Arts is scheduling a free, virtual First Night North celebration featuring over 30 family-friendly acts. Dozens of acts have already agreed to perform live online in a virtual First Night North event Friday, and organizers are working to finalize and share the schedule of events. Marko the Magician, Vermont Stand-Up, Kingdom All Stars, Phoenix Bazaar, Tritium Well, Bob and Sarah Amos, and Valley Improv are among the many popular acts who will broadcast live performances online. Going virtual allows the community to keep its eight-hour, family-friendly celebration of the New Year, Vermont’s longest continually running New Year’s Eve performing arts festival, but it also allows scheduled performers to keep the paid gigs they secured way back in the summer, when organizers hoped First Night North would return to a live in-person format. This year, the performances will not be pre-recorded; they will stream live online. The virtual First Night North event will be free to the public thanks to support from dozens of community sponsors. The Catamount Arts All-Wheel for the Arts Jeep Raffle drawing is still scheduled for New Year’s Eve as well. The winning ticket will be drawn live online at 8 p.m. Raffle tickets are still available for purchase at the Catamount Arts box office. For more information about the free virtual First Night North celebration, happening live online Friday, Dec. 31, from 4 p.m. to midnight, visit www.firstnightnorth.org.
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