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New Year's Eve revel-ation

The alcohol-free First Night St. Petersburg will feature New Year's Eve fun for the whole family.

Times Staff Writer
Published December 25, 2003

Organizers of First Night St. Petersburg hope the weather is more festive on New Year's Eve this year.

Torrential rain on Dec. 31, 2002, kept most revelers at home. The loss of revenue nearly killed the 10-year-old family-oriented festival. But the alcohol-free event has rebounded with a full schedule of events ranging from classical music to Native American storytelling to movies under the stars. All events, including two fireworks shows, are in downtown St. Petersburg.

Buttons that allow admission to all venues are $8 in advance for adults and $10 Wednesday night. Ages 3 to 12 are $5. Advance tickets are on sale at the Pier, Publix at Northeast Shopping Center and Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg, Vista Galleries in Clearwater and Palm Harbor and others.

For information, call 727 823-8906 or check www.stpete.org/firstnight

The schedule and venues:

The Arts Center, Firstkids Stage, 719 Central Ave. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Activities include puppet shows (6 and 7 p.m.), musical petting zoo with the Awesome, Original Second Time Arounders band, music, face painting, more.

Shuffleboard Clubhouse, Swing Stage, 559 Mirror Lake Drive. Swing dancing with Savoy South Dance Studio (7 p.m.-midnight); glow-in-the-dark shuffleboard (7-11 p.m.).

Sunshine Center, International Stage, 330 Fifth St. N. 7-11:30 p.m., international dances by members of the St. Petersburg International Folk Fair.

Mirror Lake Library, Storytelling Stage, 280 Fifth St. N. 7-11 p.m., puppet show and storytelling, ending with ghost stories.

St. Peter's Cathedral, Asian Stage and Bluegrass Stage, 140 Fourth St. N. 8-10 p.m., Vietnamese and Laotian dances by the Asian Neighborhood Family Center in the church hall; 7-11:30 p.m., bluegrass by the Lost River Bluegrass Band and Suzanne and Jim Oldetime Entertainment.

First Central Tower, Choral Stage, 360 Central Ave. Choral music, 7:30-10:15 p.m., spirituals and gospel by the Alumni Singers (7:30 p.m.) and the Tampa Bay Gay Men's Chorus (8:30 and 9:30 p.m.).

Williams Park, Native American Stage, between First and Second avenues N, between Third and Fourth streets, 7-11:30 p.m., Native American dance and storytelling.

First United Methodist Sanctuary, Classical Stage, 212 Third St. N. Classical music, 7-11:30 p.m., the Bowfrogs (7 p.m.); Winter Sun Music Festival players, (7:45-11:30 p.m.).

The Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N. 7-10:45 p.m., Florida Arts School youth song and dance troupe (7 p.m.); Everyone's Youth United (7:45 p.m.); Moving Currents Dance Company (9 and 10 p.m.).

Florida International Museum, Russian Stage, 100 Second St. N. 7:30-11 p.m., Russian music and dance with the St. Petersburg Folk Ensemble Russian folk dancers (8:15 and 9:45 p.m.) and Balalaika music by Boris Lebedinsky (7:30, 9 and 10:30 p.m.).

Outside Florida International Museum, Third Street and First Avenue N. 7-11 p.m. Pictures with life-size cutouts of mural figures.

Jannus Landing, African Stage, 220 First Ave. N. 7-11:30 p.m., African music and dancing with Dundu Dole dance troupe (7:30 and 9:45 p.m.) and drum ensemble Cold Joon (8:45 and 10:45 p.m.).

Kazoo Celebration Stage, Central Avenue between Second and Third streets, 7-11:15 p.m., with Kazoo Band (8, 9 and 10 p.m.), USA Dancers break dancers (7, 8:45, 9:45 and 11 p.m.) and Bryan Edwards (7, 11 p.m.).

Bank of America, Central Avenue and Second Street, 7-11 p.m. Geographies; Mapping Beauty, Mapping Love, audience participation art event with artists Betsy Lester and the Oiseaux Sisters and Windows on America photo exhibit.

American Stage, 211 Third St. S, children's production, The Tricks of Scapin (6:30 and 8 p.m.).

BayWalk, Cuban Stage, 153 Second Ave. N., 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Freddy Montes Band.

The Plaza, Tech Jam Stage, 111 Second Ave. NE, 7 p.m.-midnight, MOD (7-10 p.m.) and Reverse Engineers (10:15 p.m.-midnight).

North Straub Park, on the waterfront south of Fifth Avenue NE. Outdoor dance club with games, contests and prizes (7 p.m.-12:30 a.m.). Bubble Blast, giant bubble blowers sponsored by Great Explorations: the Children's Museum, (7 p.m.-midnight).

South Straub Park, on the waterfront south of Second Avenue NE. CoExistence, exhibit of 32 billboard-size artworks, presented by the Florida Holocaust Museum (7 p.m.-midnight); Steel drums (7:30-11:30 p.m.); Labyrinth, (7 p.m.-midnight).

St. Petersburg Museum of History, Florida Heritage Stage, 335 Second Ave. NE, 7 p.m.-midnight. The Best of the Floridians, one-act plays and songs by native Floridians commissioned and produced by Live Arts Peninsula Foundation (7-10 p.m.); Allen Moffatt and Blind Willie, Florida folk music (10:15 p.m.-midnight).

Spa Beach, Movies Under the Stars Stage, on the Pier approach, north of Second Avenue NE, 7-11:30 p.m., movie shorts on a giant screen.

The Pier, 810 Second Ave. NE, 7 p.m.-midnight. Mind Games, with mentalist Bob Lawson (8, 9:45 p.m.); Mask Making (7-11:30 p.m.); Loud Zoo and The Tribe, belly dancers and musicians playing experimental world beat music (7, 8:45, 10:30 p.m.). The Youth Arts Corps Rhythm Brigade, Brazilian rhythms (8, 8:30, 9, 9:30 p.m.). Project Creo, art exhibit (7 p.m.-midnight); First Light at the Pier (6 p.m.-2 a.m.).

Historic Colonial Inn and Spa, Blues Stage, 126 Second Ave. NE, Wendy and the Soul Shakers (7-11:30 p.m.).

First Fireworks, Central Avenue at Seventh Street, 8:30 p.m.

Finale Fireworks, on the waterfront, midnight.

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