Planning for Carlisle’s New Year’s Celebration is already in the works, and the theme for 2014 is “First Night 2014: Lite up the Nite.”
Thought it might seem far in advance, the First Night Carlisle board meets all year to plan every aspect of the event, including the button contest and musical performances.
This year, the board welcomed four new members, Pam Crumb, Bill Ryerson, Cindy Wilson and Jacqueline Dennison, to plan the 16th annual downtown celebration.
E.K. Weitzel, chairman of the board, is set on making the 2014 celebration the best yet.
“The new First Night Board is gearing up for a new, fresh take on the event,” she said. “We plan to have some bold and exciting changes that will make the whole experience more memorable. This includes new musical acts and a different take on some aspects.”
The 2013 event marked the 15th anniversary of First Night Carlisle, but was a challenge due to cold weather conditions and the holidays falling on a Monday.
“The major winner was the firework show, which wowed the audience,” Weitzel added.
This year, the board is hoping to generate continued support from community leaders, businesses and organizations.
The Carlisle Regional Medical Center has also, once again, agreed to sponsor the button contest, and the Carlisle Arts Learning Center is offering a $150 gift certificate for a summer children’s art camp. Button contest entries will be accepted from April 1 to May 31, Weitzel said.
The button design contest is open to all elementary and middle school-aged children. Children can design original buttons, preferably using colored pens, pencils or markers. Entries should be submitted on quality white paper. No construction paper, oak-tag, texture, newsprint or colored paper will be accepted.
Drawings will not be returned and will become property of First Night Carlisle.
Entries can be sent to First Night Carlisle Button Contest, c/o Carlisle Theatre, 44 W. High St., Carlisle, PA 17013.
Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact the organization by leaving a detailed voicemail at 800-381-1394 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.