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First Night Carlisle

Pat Rosetto and Abby, an Old English Sheepdog, perform with Steppin’ Woofs last year during First Night Carlisle. Steppin' Woofs will return for this year's New Year's Eve festivities.

Button sales for First Night Carlisle are lagging behind where organizers had hoped they would be. That may be due, in part, to the bitter cold forecast for New Year’s Eve.

But there will be plenty of heat at First Night, said Thom O’Neil, performance and venue coordinator.

As of Friday morning, meteorologists at ABC27 forecast a daytime high of 20 degrees for Sunday, and an overnight low of 6 degrees leading into New Year’s Day on Monday.

“Everything’s heated,” O’Neil said.

That not only includes the heat one would expect at the downtown Carlisle venues, but also heaters that will be placed outside.

“It’s toasty inside, and the entertainment is going to warm their heart,” he said.

First Night Carlisle buttons are $10 in advance or $15 the day of the event. Buttons are available at Giant, Carlisle Theatre, UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle’s gift shop and at M&T Bank locations. Buttons may also be ordered online at

The lineup for First Night includes 28 artists performing at venues around town, headlined by tribute artists Terry Lee Goffee as Johnny Cash and Josie Watley as Patsy Cline at the Carlisle Theatre beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Ice carving, wood carving, puppet shows, face painting, comedy and rap lessons are also on the program, and musical offerings will include everything from blues, rock and pop, to bluegrass, oldies and hip hop.

From 6 to 10 p.m., children will be able to make their mark on a model VW car coated with chalkboard paint. Just before midnight, the car will start to rise to signal the start of the countdown to the new year. At midnight, the night will end with a fireworks display sponsored by the Tuckey Co.

Attendance is typically 1,500 to 2,000 for downtown events, and as many as 5,000 for the fireworks display, which is free.

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Carlisle Reporter

Carlisle Reporter for The Sentinel.

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