Family festivities for New Year's Eve First Night


Montgomery Co. also offers alcohol-free party

December 25, 1997|By Candus Thomson

Silver Spring, perhaps the region's next upscale downtown, will play host to Montgomery County's third annual New Year's Eve celebration, which last year attracted 23,000 people.

The event will have puppet shows, music and comedy for youngsters from 3: 15 p.m. to 5: 45 p.m. The performances are free and clustered in a three-block area that will be easy on little legs.

First Night Montgomery County, ever-mindful of droopy little eyelids -- children and their boomer parents alike -- will snap off p.m. fireworks display as well as the traditional one at midnight.

At 7 p.m., musicians, actors and magicians will spread out into downtown buildings and heated tents to present a wide variety of shows. Admission buttons, $10 each, are required and will be sold in the basement of the National Guard Armory and at two booths on Pershing Drive.

The Association -- famous for the hit songs "Along Comes Mary," "Cherish" and "Never My Love" -- will perform at 8 p.m. and 10: 45 p.m.

Six shows will be signed for the hearing impaired and all but five venues are accessible to the handicapped. Food vendors will line Fenton Street, and many downtown restaurants will be open.

There will be plenty of parking at municipal lots on the fringe of the action, and free shuttle buses will run from the Silver Spring Metro station (last train departs at 2 a.m.) to the downtown.

More First Night Montgomery County information can be found at this Web site address: Or call 410-217-6798.

Pub Date: 12/25/97

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