Supporting the Arts on First Night

Button Free Events

Photo: John Markus
 
Bubble Wrap Stomp
A favorite activity of many parents, too! Watch the kids show joy as they break the bubbles and make lots of noise!
Community Center Aerobics Room at  1:00 PM  (Button-free)
Community Center Aerobics Room at  2:00 PM  (Button-free)
Photo: Ron Snider
 
Carnival Caper
A costumed road race, from the Chatham Squire to the Lighthouse and back, sponsored by the Chatham Squire. Register outside the Squire starting at 2 pm ($10); Costume judging at 2:30 pm; the race starts at 3 pm (a bit under 2 miles round-trip). Tee shirts and beef stew served at the Squire after the race! Spectators line Main Street to cheer on the runners, walkers, and anyone else parading down the road in costume.
Outside the Squire at  2:00 to 3:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Chatham Poets Read
First Night Chatham is a celebration of the arts. Join some of our local poets of all ages for a lively and entertaining reading their own poetry at the Eldredge Public Library. A First Night tradition that provides a respite from the noise of the night.
Eldredge Public Library at  7:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Countdown Cod and Fireworks on the Oyster Pond
First Night Chatham’s Countdown Cod is scheduled to count down to the exact moment of 2017 from its perch on our crane high over the Oyster Pond park and then signal the set off of a wonderful fireworks display! Come early for the best viewing spot over Oyster Pond at Midnight.
Oyster Pond at  Midnight  (Button-free)
Photo: Stanlee Wetzel
 
Early Fireworks
Special low level fireworks after the Noise Parade will be presented as a special treat for the young First Nighters. The show is at Veterans Field and viewing is from the parking lot and fields behind the Chatham Community Center.
Veterans Field at  6:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Frank Giasullo and John Owens Jazz Duo
Frank and John have been playing jazz standards and their interpretation of pop music and soft rock from Boston to Cape Cod for many years. Their unique blend of flute and guitar lends a very special interest to each song they play. Come join them for a break from the cold with their warm and rich music.
St. Martin's Lodge at  5:00 PM  (Button-free)
Photo: John Markus
 
Handbell Ringers Ensemble
A group of handbell ringers from the Chatham and Harwich Congregational Churches will ring in the New Year, playing patriotic, folk and classic songs.
St. Martin's Lodge at  3:00 PM  (Button-free)
St. Martin's Lodge at  4:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Jimmy C's Real Deal Band
A solid blues-rocking-in-the-pocket band. They have been playing their blues locally from Boston to Martha’s Vineyard for almost 30 years! Featuring Craig Jones on guitar, Chuck Purro on drums, Robert Clinton on bass, and Jim Cribby on keyboards. Jimmy C has been blowing harp since the late 70’s. A truly fun band for all!
Town Hall (downstairs) at  8:00 to 11:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Just For High School Teens: Canon Hill Band
The Canon Hill Band will perform this year at the Teen Center. Drop in to warm up, see friends, and enjoy free pizza and drinks, and listen to local high school students Ben Hayden on drums, guitarist/vocalist Logan Tichnor, and Vaughn Yerkes on bass. They can be frequently be seen busking on Main Streets of Chatham and Harwich in the summer, and they are the youngest band ever to be selected to play the Harwichport 'Music Stroll'.
Community Center Lower Level at  7:00 to 11:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Just For Middle School Teens: Laser Tag
Hang out with friends from 7:00 to 10:00 at the Community Center. New this year: Laser Tag. Plus games, and free pizza and drinks.
Community Center Mezzanine at  7:00 to 10:00 PM  (Button-free)
Photo: David Jordran
 
Chip Koser
Ice sculptor Chip Koser carves a beautiful sculpture from large blocks of ice. In 2011, Chip and his team took home a bronze medal at the World Ice Art Championship held in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Cape Cod 5: Front Lawn at  12:00 to 4:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Ross MacVicar & Friends
Ross MacVicar is a woodcarver whose specialty is carving North American mammals and nature scenes out of wood with a chainsaw. With his lifelong study of wild animals and nature, he is able to turn a downed tree into a lifelike and realistic art sculpture. Ross is an avid outdoorsman who’s been studying nature since childhood and has been carving as a hobby for over 20 years.
Town Hall Parking lot at  12:00 to 4:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Ryder Martin’s Fabulous Trains
See a fabulous layout of Ryder Martin's model trains that will amaze and engage kids, Dads, and Moms who always wanted their own set. The Atwood House will on the free shuttle bus route during the afternoon.
Atwood House Museum at  1:00 to 5:00 PM  (Button-free)
Photo: Ron Snider
 
Monomoy Seven
Dixieland Jazz – a perennial favorite! With Jeff Hughes on cornet leading the band, you'll hear lots of swinging improvisations on familiar and maybe not so familiar tunes, with each musician featured on specialty numbers, and on requested tunes from the audience. This is always a fun and exciting performance, so come and sit awhile, and prepare to enjoy some hot jazz to warm the chilly night!
Eldredge Public Library at  8:00 to 11:30 PM  (Button-free)
Photo: Ron Snider
 
Noise Parade – led by the Orpheum Theater
Join the raucous fray! Help celebrate the Chatham Orpheum Theater’s 100th anniversary. Orpheum staff and families will lead the Noise Parade.

Make noise any way you want. “Light up the Town” this year: bring your flashlights, light sticks, lighted beads or headgear to add light to the noise!

A police escort leads the parade and no one will be cited for too much noise. Great fun for kids and adults, who often wear silly hats. Start at the corner of Cross and Main at 6 pm, walk to rotary, then continue on to the Chatham Community Center to see the early fireworks!
Town Hall Corner (Main & Cross Streets) at  6:00 PM  (Button-free)
Photo: Brandon Detraglia
 
Town Photo
Important! Please use front gate only !
Show up with your family and friends and pets to pose for the Town Photo. Start First Night with a wave at the camera and a smile on your face. The photo will be available at the Chatham CVS store for purchase. A panorama deep-zoom photo will also be posted on the First Night Chatham website. Have fun zooming in to see if you blinked, check out who was there, and just enjoy actually seeing your lovely smile up close.
Chatham Lighthouse Grounds at  Noon  (Button-free)