New Year's Eve in Gettysburg

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Trips: road trips, regional events

December 25, 2003|By Meredith James

The Adams County National Bank and the Adams County Arts Council collaborate to ring in the New Year in downtown Gettysburg. The fourth annual celebration will have a fireworks display set off from the Race Horse Alley Parking Garage roof, plus music and refreshments. The Christ Lutheran Church on Chambersburg Street plays host to the Herb Sell Jazz Quartet at 7:30 p.m., Magician John Woulfe at 8:45 p.m. and Folk and Friends, featuring the Folkermer family, at 10 p.m. There will be children's activities at the church from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and a prayer service at 11 p.m. Lincoln Square will be the party spot as local DJs spin hits, and Fire Chief Larry Weikert gives a presentation on the steps of the Gettysburg Hotel.

All activities are free. Performances at the church are from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on New Year's Eve. The DJs start at 9:30 p.m. and the presentation is at 11:30 p.m. For more information, call 717-334-5006.

Dancers in Ocean City

Join the internationally recognized "Spirit of the Dance" troupe for two shows in Ocean City on Saturday. Originating in Dublin by the Irish International Dance Company, this show has won nine Global Awards, including "Best Choreography" and "Best International Production." This toe-tapper is a unique blend of Irish dance, Latino rhythms and salsa beat.

The show is Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Convention Center. Tickets are $17-$34. Ages 3 and under are free. Tickets are available by calling Ticketmaster at 800-551-7328 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available at the Ocean City Convention Center box office today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Convention Center is at 4001 Coastal Highway.

First Night Alexandria

If you're searching for a family-oriented New Year's celebration, look no further than First Night Alexandria, a non-alcoholic event with music, performing arts and fireworks. These festivities include Bonnie Rideout on Scottish fiddle at the Washington Street United Methodist Church, vocal group DaVinci's Notebook at the George Washington Masonic Memorial, rockabilly artist Bill Kirchen at the Torpedo Factory Arts Center, activities for small children at the Jefferson Houston School, teen activities such as a dancing and talent contest at the Campagna Center and much more.

Admission buttons to all First Night events are $15, and children under 12 are free. Most venues are within walking distance, and there is a free shuttle to take visitors from place to place. Participating garages offer free parking. For a full listing of performers and location of badge sellers, call 703-838-4200 Ext. 210 or go to www.firstnightalexandria.com.

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