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Village prepares for Last Night

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - Updated: 11:40 PM

ST. JOHNSVILLE -- On Dec. 31, the village of St. Johnsville will welcome the new year and hundreds of guests in what has become an annual Mohawk Valley celebration -- Last Night. 

Begun in 2007 by the village of St. Johnsville as part of their year-long Sesquicentennial celebration, Last Night now rotates through the villages of St. Johnsville, Fort Plain and Canajoharie every three years. 

“We found it was just too much planning, fundraising and hard work for one small village to do every year,” said Robert Smith, chair of the 2013 organizational committee.

The Tuesday, December 31, evening celebration will feature a 9 p.m. fireworks display, a performance by The Dependents, a pinata filled with candy and noise-makers, a family square dance, and music by Dick Solberg and the Sun Mountain Band, making their only Montgomery County appearance this year.

Cosmo’s Bar and Grill, Grandma’s Kitchen, Ripepi’s, Lombardo’s, Ina’s Pizzeria and the new Bridge Street Bakery and Cafe will all be open and serving dinner throughout the evening. In addition, retail stores will be open to the public including new businesses JJ's Sporting Goods and The Gallery.

New to the Last Night celebration will be the Bill Brust Band, a group known to “take a good old tune and swing it.” The band consists of Brust on percussion, Ira Meltzer on keyboard, Jan Chronkite on saxophone, Richard Saba on guitar and Laurie Stewart on vocals.

The Delnero family from Danube will be playing the family square dance with Mike Delnero calling. “We have moved the dance to the House of Bread in hopes of having enough space so that people will not have to dance outside on the sidewalk; this event draws many, many enthusiastic people,”said Smith.

Also new for 2013 will be the screening of the 1920 silent film comedy "One Week", starring Buster Keaton, with pipe organ accompaniment by Glens Falls organist William Hubert at the Grace Christian Church.

“I wrote the score for the Buster Keaton comedy One Week utilizing a wide variety of musical styles from classical to whimsical. The goal of accompanying silent films is to provide the audience with another sense, that of hearing, to enhance the film, while allowing the visual aspect to not be overridden,” stated Hubert.

Buttons for Last Night are available until December 31 at Picture Perfect in Canajoharie, the Plain Food Co-Op in Fort Plain, and at the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library and the Community House in St. Johnsville. Buttons will be available New Year’s Eve at the St. Johnsville firehouse and all venues. The complete schedule of events can be found at


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