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Last Night Schedule of Events

Thursday, December 26, 2013 - Updated: 8:28 AM

-- Last Night schedule of events announced

ST. JOHNSVILLE -- The village of St. Johnsville, located at the western edge of Montgomery County on State Route 5, is hosting a Last Night Celebration on Tuesday, December 31, from 6 p.m. through midnight.

The evening’s activities kick off at 6 p.m. with an open house and museum tour at the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library and Museum, 19 Kingsbury Avenue, horse-drawn wagon rides at the intersection of Main and North Division streets, and performances by Flower the Clown for children at the St. Johnsville Youth Center, 17 East Main Street. 

A children’s pinata, created by the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville High School art students of Sara Thibodeau, will be hung at the Youth Center at 8 p.m., ready for kids to take a whack at the sweet and noisy contents.

At 6:30 p.m., The Dependents will entertain at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 32 West Main Street, followed by Dick Solberg and the Sun Mountain Band, at 9 p.m., making their only Montgomery County appearance of 2013.

Beginning at 7:15 p.m., the 1920 silent film "One Week", starring Buster Keaton, will be shown at the quarter-hour at the Grace Christian Church, at the corner of Center and Monroe streets. Accompanying the twenty-one minute film on the pipe organ will be Bill Hubert, of Glens Falls, a specialist in silent films. The final showing will be at 11:15 p.m.

Scavenger hunts for youth and adults will begin at the firehouse, 6 West Main Street, at 7 p.m. The names of the winners and their prizes will be announced at 11:45 p.m. at the bonfire.

A group photo booth will be set up at the firehouse from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Photos, like all other entertainment that evening, are free with the purchase of a button. The St. Johnsville Volunteer Fire Department will be offering hot and cold beverages at the firehouse.

The ever popular family square dance will be called this year by Mike Delnero with live music provided by the Delnero Family Band, at the House of Bread, Park Street, from 8-11 p.m.

Making their first Last Night appearance will be the Bill Brust Band, playing at the Community House, 16 Washington Street, from 8-11 p.m. The band consists of Brust on percussion, Ira Meltzer on keyboard, Jan Cronkhite on saxophone, Richard Saba on guitar and Laurie Stewart on vocals.

Everyone is invited to enjoy an outdoor fireworks display at 9 p.m. sharp, with a warning shell fired five minutes before the event. Spectators should face south as the fireworks will originate at the former industrial park.

Other activities include a casino night and light refreshments at the American Legion Post 168, 38 West Main Street. 

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 JJ's Sporting Goods and The Gallery, a shop specializing in jewelry, antiques and art. The Gallery, 2 West Main St., is having a party with refreshments, a Midnight Madness sale and an ugly hat contest with prizes awarded.

A huge bonfire will be lit at 11 p.m. at the corner of Main and North Division streets. At midnight, a papier-mache full moon will be lowered from a St. Johnsville Volunteer Fire Department ladder truck into the bonfire to ring in the New Year.

The 2013 Last Night celebration has been made possible through a grant from Saratoga Arts and the sponsorship of the Little M Supermarket, Kinship Properties, St. Johnsville Rehab and Nursing Center, Vincent A. Enea Funeral Service, Erie Canal RV Resort and Campground, Judy King Insurance Agency, Enea Family Funeral Home, Richardson Brands Company and the village of St. Johnsville.

Buttons for Last Night are available until Dec. 31 at Picture 

Perfect in Canajoharie, the Plain Food Co-Op in Fort Plain, and at the MRML 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 stjohnsville.com.

     

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