Bristol’s Best Night has fun, food, music

BRISTOL — The Watershed Center invites revelers of all ages to celebrate New Year’s Eve in downtown Bristol as the community marks the arrival of 2015 with Best Night, a gathering of friends, neighbors, and the region’s top performing artists.
The fun begins at 5 p.m. with hat making, hula-hooping and other kid-friendly activities at Holley Hall. At 5:45, Mount Abraham Union High School’s a cappella group, Sweet Beats, hosts a children’s singing workshop, which will be followed by a performance from the group. Then it’s on to the New Year with Vermont singer-songwriter Erin Cassels Brown and the high-energy Five-Town favorite and dance band BandAnna.
At the Walkover Gallery, celebrants can take in the Celtic folk sounds of Susan Reit and Mary Ann Samuels; traditional blues and original tunes with Steve Thurston & Friends; a set of Americana music from Michele Fay and Tim Price; and gypsy jazz from They Might Be Gypsies.
Across the green at Bristol Baptist Church, the festivities get under way with a selection of originals, fiddle tunes, and covers from John Dickason & Friends featuring Matt Witten, Glen Goodwin and Lausanne Allen. There will also be acoustic bluegrass and folk from Loggerhead; original songs from local singer-songwriter Patrick Fitzsimmons; and a year-ending set of bluegrass and Americana from local legends the Hibernators.
In between, hungry merrymakers can refuel on snacks and refreshments at Holley Hall and enjoy homemade soup, salads, and desserts downstairs at the Baptist Church.
Best Night is a project of the Watershed Center, which is dedicated to building new ties between neighbors and maintaining a strong, vibrant Five-Towns community. It’s a once-a-year opportunity to get out and celebrate the season, see good friends, and make new ones while enjoying the best of the area’s lively local arts scene. Like the diverse local people and places the Watershed Center celebrates throughout the year, there’s plenty for everyone young and old at this annual community-wide gala.
Join the fun and festivities from 5 to 11 p.m. Children younger than 12 and seniors 75 and older are free. Admitting buttons for everyone else are $10 before Dec. 25, $12 at the door, and are available in Bristol  at Kimball’s Office Supplies, Art on Main, Cubbers, Emerald Rose,?Bristol Bakery, and Mountain Greens. For more information and a complete schedule of events visit www.bestnight.org.

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