FORT PLAIN “It’s not the end of the world but a new beginning,” says the schedule for Fort Plain’s Last Night New Year’s Eve festivities.
The new beginning kicks off Monday at 4 p.m. and continues through midnight. Last Night will include music, food, crafts and other performances at locations throughout the village, with the last scheduled event being a Dick Clark-style “Mini-Times Square Block Party,” hosted by DJ Wayne Tucker from Shampaine Entertainment.
A Mayan sun constructed by Fort Plain Central School’s technology classes out of PVC pipe and decorated with eyes, a mouth, Mayan designs and glowing orange lights will be lowered Times Square-style, “in keeping with the theme that it’s not the end of the world,” said events coordinator Jimmy Katovitch.
If you go
A child’s wristband or an adult button are required to take part in the festivities and are available for presale at the following locations:
• Fort Plain: NBT Bank, Fort Plain News Room, Papa Joe’s Pizza, Fort Plain Library, The Medicine Shoppe and the village office
• St. Johnsville: NBT Bank, the Reaney Memorial Library and the village office on Washington Street
• Canajoharie: The Village Restaurant, Picture Perfect and the Canajoharie Arkell Library
Wristbands cost $1 and adult buttons cost $7 in advance. Adult buttons can also be purchased at the event for $10.
For presale tickets for the pulled pork supper at the Fort Plain Reformed Church, call 993-4302.
The Last Night celebration began in 2007 as a tri-village event. The village hosting the event has rotated among St. Johnsville, Canajoharie and Fort Plain since then. A core group of 50 volunteers organized the event this year, said Katovitch.
“We’ve tried to include something for every age group. … It should be a good, fun night,” he said.
The event’s headquarters will be at 47 Main St., where the Friends of Fort Plain will be selling adult buttons and children’s wristbands and distributing maps and schedules. A shuttle bus will be available from 4 to 10 p.m. to transport people to various areas around the village.
For food, a pulled pork supper will be served at the Fort Plain Reformed Church from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-10, with proceeds to support the church’s Stop Hunger Now program. From 6 to 11 p.m., the Ayres House at 111 Canal St. will offer an alternative menu of chili, corn chowder and macaroni and cheese with ham.
Hay rides on horsedrawn wagons will run from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning at the bandstand in Haslett Park and touring the village. According to Annette Bayes, a spokeswoman for the Fort Plain Community Activities Council, a display of holiday cutouts and lights will decorate the route.
Musical entertainment will be offered by acoustic blues, jazz and folk band Stone Soup at the Fort Plain Museum from 7 to 10 p.m., country band the County Line Rebels at the Elk’s Lodge from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., jazz band The Jan Cronkhite Quartet at the Fort Plain Senior Center from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. and Delta Storm Kings “Unplugged” from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Ayres House.
Steve Surman, a jazz, country and bluegrass acoustic and electric finger-style guitar player, will join Ed and Phyllis Reese — the Empty Pockets Band — at the Fort Plain Free Library from 7 to 7:45 p.m. and 8:15 to 9 p.m. The three are local musicians, which library director Whitney Hubbard said was a big draw for the library when they were considering whom to host.
The Fort Plain True Value store will be holding an open house to show off its recent renovations from 4 to 9 p.m. It will also be hosting a craft-making event for children. Spokeswoman Tania Kilmartin said the crafts will include paper snowflakes and hats, noisemakers and balloons filled with confetti to be burst at midnight.
Asked what provoked the desire to renovate, Kilmartin laughed and said, “Thirty years! … It was just time to do some remodeling.” She said the store has transformed for the new year.
A comedy show will be performed on the hour from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fort Plain VFW. Comedians Jennifer McMullen and Shawn Gillie will perform a half-hour show that is suitable for adults. More entertainment suitable for adults can be found at a tent near the town clock from 6 p.m. to midnight, where beer, wine, and refreshments will be served to the music of DJ Wayne Tucker.
More events are listed at www.villageoffortplain.com. Bayes said the Redneck Games, an event listed on the schedule, have been cancelled.