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December 30, 2004

Gettysburg bash

Looking for some out-of-town fun this New Year's Eve? Visit Gettysburg, Pa., for the town's New Year's Eve bash.

Free entertainment in the form of puppet shows, musical poems and Celtic music will serve as the opening act to the celebration in Lincoln Square. The Popcorn Hat Players will present two children's performances, while Eugene and Cilgia Keller will put on a puppet show. Will Lane will perform works of American poetry set to song, and Folk and Friends will do Celtic and seasonal tunes.

Lincoln Square will host a funny-hat contest, a fireworks display and refreshments, while Mayor William Troxell and singer Melinda Warren help ring in the New Year.

The Gettysburg New Year's party begins at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Trinity United Church of Christ, 60 E. High St., and continues until 10:45 p.m. The Lincoln Square celebration begins at 9:30 p.m. and lasts until 12:30 a.m. Call 717-334-5006, 800-337-5015 or visit for performance times and more information.

First night

First Night Alexandria celebrates its 10th anniversary tomorrow. The nonalcoholic, family-oriented party includes performances by various entertainers, including Bonnie Rideout, a three-time fiddle champion.

Children's entertainment features face-painting and a comedic magic show, performed by Mike Rose, as well as miniature sailboat building and racing.

First Night Alexandria starts at 6 p.m. tomorrow and continues until midnight. Admission is $15; kids 12 and younger get in free. The celebration takes place at King and North Fairfax streets and at 28 venues throughout Old Town and Delray. Call 703-838-5005 or visit www.firstnightalexandria .org.-- Meredith Lidard

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