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First Night With No Fireworks

There won’t be fireworks at First Night this year.

At least, not the bombs-bursting-in-air type.

That’s okay. I always thought fireworks were more appropriate on the midsummer 4th of July than the midwinter 31st of December.

But Westport’s annual end-of-year celebration won’t lack for action.

Acts already booked include the Good News Gospel Choir with Chris Coogan, Mark Naftalin, Leslie Orofino, the Lenihan Irish School of Dance,  Westport Community Theatre, and Mystic India presenting Bollywood.

For the Heart and a variety of bands will entertain teenagers at Toquet Hall.

Also — I am told younger kids will love this — Dennis the Train Man, Bari Koral, Ultra Violet Puppet Show and Drumming About You.

Plus an antique car parade, 3 horse-drawn carriages, and a warming fire on Jesup Green.

About the missing fireworks: They’ll be replaced by a laser show set to music. It begins at 10:30 p.m. on the Post Road bridge.

More details, schedules and button sale sites are available at

Buttons are $10 through Friday (December 14); $15 afterward. Children 2 and under are free.