The First Night Sandwich Buttons will go on sale in many area retails stores, banks and restaurants the weekend of Friday, November 18. Each button will allow its wearer to enter the many venues and locations where the Saturday, December 31, 4 to 9 PM New Year’s Eve celebration will be taking place in Sandwich Village.

Purchasing the button entitles entry to many of the First Night Sandwich venues that will host performing groups that include friends and neighbors from town. The FNS celebration also welcomes some new acts to the stage from near and from far, featuring some unique talent.

This year, for the first time, two pianists will be performing. Dan Kennedy from Amherst tours all over the country blending his driven improvisational piano with electronic contemporary instrumental music in his coffeehouse-style compositions; and Dawna Hammers from Falmouth has been compared to Carole King and Joni Mitchell with her earthy voice and melodic, spiritual piano accompaniment.

Also new this year is Vernon Parris, whom many will know from summer performances at the Coonamessett Farm, playing Jamaican tunes on the steel drums. Another local treasure is Mary Beers from the Green Briar Nature Center (Thornton W. Burgess Society). She will be bringing her animal puppet friends, funny voices, and stories to entertain children of all ages. RumbleWagon with acoustic and electric guitar features Greg Polanik and Steve McElheny—known to Cape audiences but new to First Night Sandwich—who weave country, R&B, blues, rock and jazz. Out Late with Diana DiGiovia is technically not new to First Night but she is returning after being away from Sandwich for a few years. Her acoustic rock and blues with witty lyrics thrill crowds from Provincetown and beyond. Last but certainly not least, FNS will be welcoming John Higby to the Fairy Garden behind the Dan’l Webster Inn and the lighted parade. John is the “Yo-Yo Guy,” having performed in 26 countries including on the David Letterman show, breaking world records with his amazing, innovative yo-yo tricks.

Although wearing a button is mandatory for everyone wishing to participate in the many programs and FNS activities, there are locations where the button is not necessary for admittance, such as writing on the Resolution Wall, watching the ice carvers, and viewing the grand finale.

First Night Buttons will be available for sale, beginning Saturday, November 19, at: Beth’s Bakery & Cafe, Café Chew, Canterbury Liquors & Pantry, Cape Cod 5, Dan’l Webster Inn, Heart of Stone, Meetinghouse Package Store, Sandwich Public Library, Splash, both Sandwich-area Stop & Shops, and Titcomb’s Bookshop. Buttons are $10 per adult and $6 per child (ages 3 to 12 years old). Buttons can also be purchased online at www.firstnightsandwich.com.

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