If Thanksgiving Break with the family left you looking for alternative ideas about where to celebrate the next round of holidays, consider this invitation from Jen Alexander ’88, Wesleyan alumnus and diehard Middletown resident:
Stay in town for Middnight on Main, Middletown’s first New Year’s Eve Festival. Over 100 performers in four blocks of Main Street, starting at 3 pm on December 31st, plus rooftop fireworks at 6 pm, and a countdown to 2012 that features the Holy Trinity church bells and Kaoru Watanabe on Taiko drums.
In the waning hours of 2011, your Middnight on Main button gives you the chance to roller skate, speed date, dance salsa, make salsa, watch a Finnish horror film, sing showtunes around the piano and get your face painted. Enjoy musical performers including Primate Fiasco, Swish & Flick, Barefoot Truth, Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Kenny Hamber, LA8Sixty, Weatherstar, Mark Errelli, Breakthru Frequencies, Sweet & Low Down, the Haymakers (with Rani Arbo), Poor Old Shine, Jean Rohe, the Saltmarsh Opera & more. Dance & movement forms include contra, zydeco, irish step, kung fu, balinese, b-boy, hooping, capoeria and late-night yoga. There’s other stuff too.
Our website is www.Middnight.org (2 D’s in Middnight, like in Middletown) for info on events and button sales. Or earn a free admission button by volunteering for 3 hours – email Lucy(at)middnight(dot)org to volunteer.