Originally published in The Weekly Packet, January 9, 2014
Blue Hill’s Last Night! deemed a “grand success” - VIDEO
Revelers welcome the new year with dancing and fun
by Jessica Brophy
Bitter temperatures and a blanket of snow didn’t stop revelers from attending the Last Night! celebration on New Year’s Eve in downtown Blue Hill. According to Nigel Chase, who organizes the event along with Peninsula Pan, the “night was a grand success, and while I don’t get a chance to check out every venue myself, I heard there were great audiences everywhere.”
The event kicked off at 6:30 p.m. with a concert by Noel Paul Stookey at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill. “That concert was well attended, and people just stuck around,” said Chase.
The firehouse was busy most of the evening, and Flash! and Planet Pan at George Stevens Academy saw plenty of people in attendance and many dancing, said Chase. Many of the smaller venues like the Mill Stream, the American Legion Hall and Fairwinds Florist were packed. One of the hit acts of the evening was the musical act 3 Girls Band, featuring three teen girls playing grunge rock at Fairwinds Florist.
Last Night! celebrations in Blue Hill on December 31, 2013. Last Night! is organized by Peninsula Pan and included many performers and activities. Video by Jessica Brophy
Blue Baboon played upstairs at the town hall until midnight, said Chase. “They played upbeat dance music, and they were really fun,” said Chase. “They kept it cooking until midnight.”
Chase said he thinks the cold weather actually encouraged people to come—more so than the rainy, wet New Year’s Eve of 2012.
Plans are already in the works for Last Night! 2014, said Chase. “We never turn anyone away, and we’re always open to suggestions and new ideas,” he continued. One of the challenges is that people tend to head home by 10 p.m., and it’s always a challenge to encourage people to stay out.
Overall, Last Night! is a great community event, said Chase. “It’s really a simple, wonderful thing,” he said.