Supporting the Arts on First Night

Button Free Events

Preliminary Schedule subject to change

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)
Photo: John Markus
 
Community Handbell Ringers
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  4:00 PM  (Button-free)
St. Martin's Lodge at  5:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Shaun England Band
With a voice and tone evocative of Leonard Cohen and poetic verses that relate to all of our experiences, Shaun England creates soulful music with a deep sense of tradition that stems from his roots of playing with many of New Englands finest musicians.
Eldredge Public Library at  4:00 PM  (Button-free)
Eldredge Public Library at  5:00 PM  (Button-free)
Photo: Stanlee Wetzel
 
Early Fireworks at Veterans Field
Spectacular 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.

Join First Night in recognizing Veterans of the 1960's prior to the start of the fireworks.
Veterans Field at  6:30 PM  (Button-free)
Photo: Jane Murray
 
Midnight Fireworks & Countdown Cod at Oyster Pond
The Countdown Cod is scheduled to drop as First Night Chatham counts down to the exact moment of 2018 from its perch high over the Oyster Pond park, and then signal the setting off of a wonderful midnight fireworks display! Come early for the best viewing spot over Oyster Pond and enjoy the pre-midnight fun.

New this year: Scott Hamilton will lead a sing-along Musical Countdown to Midnight. Stay warm waiting for the fireworks by joining Scott in a rousing series of fun songs that are familiar to all.
Oyster Pond at  Midnight  (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  6:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Midnight Countdown with Scott Hamilton
Chatham's own Scott Hamilton leads a sing-along musical countdown to the midnight fireworks. Stay warm at Oyster Pond waiting for the fireworks by joining Scott in a rousing series of fun songs that are familiar to all.
Oyster Pond at  Before Midnight  (Button-free)
 
Improvisational Live Storytelling
Join storyteller Miss Darby for her improvisational, live storytelling experiences that entertain both young and old. Come see her tell each unique story. She will be dressed to celebrate First Night's theme “Oh Those 60s!”. Darby Hobbs has also created two children's books, "Max and Pirate No Teeth" and "Grand Mere and the Empress of the Cove". Illustrator Meadow Hilley is the editor of The International Educator newspaper.
Community Center Aerobics Room 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. Returning this year: Laser Tag. Plus games, and free pizza and drinks.
Community Center 2nd Floor 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.
Monomoy Middle School Outside Lawn at  12:00 to 4:00 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 New England Pizza
Join the raucous fray! Make noise any way you want. Help celebrate New England Pizza's 30th anniversary, and their support of the First Night Teen events.

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: Spencer Kennard
 
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)