From the Archives

From Globe archives: The first First Night

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First Night has become so successful that it’s sometimes hard to remember a time when it was simply called New Year’s Eve and you didn’t need to buy a button. The first First Night marked the last night of 1976. It was the first time Bostonians enjoyed the arts festival that would one day spread
nationwide and ring in the new year in over 70 cities, growing to showcase the work of over 1,000
artists. In the photo, from Dec. 29, 1976, Mark Dannenhauer skied through the First Night doorway, as Dancing Bear (Ellie Hayes) looked on, as part of the countdown to First Night 1977. The pair from the Northeast Puppet Theater rehearsed in waterfront park for their First Night performances.


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