Thursday, Dec. 31 at 6 p.m.—PUTNEY— Next Stage Arts Project invites the community to a free, virtual New Year’s Eve celebration on Dec. 31, 6 – 9 p.m. featuring performances from a variety of local musicians, puppeteers, poets, storytellers, business owners, and visual artists.
Dinner will also be available for takeout, cooked in the Next Stage kitchen by community members, with proceeds being donated to The Putney Foodshelf.
“It’s cold, Covid is on the rise, and everyone is prepared for this to be a long, lonely winter. Next Stage wants to be so much more than just a nice place to see a concert,” said Keith Marks, executive director at Next Stage. “We have a unique opportunity to serve through bringing us together. This New Year’s dinner allows us to share a meal, connect with our neighbors, and be entertained by our friends. We wanted to ring in 2021 as a united community, even if it means virtually.”
The event officially begins at 6 p.m. with a virtual dinner hour. Dinners can be picked up between 5-6 p.m. The first hour of the party will allow community members to “mingle” virtually. A lineup of local performers will provide entertainment from 7-9 p.m.
Guests will be connected with other diners and performers via zoom for an interactive and intimate holiday celebration.
Local performers include The Stockwell Brothers, Sunny Lowdown, Bad Galaxy, Tim Merton, Jennifer Morsches, Peter “Fish” Case, Chard DuNiord, Eric Bass, Margaret Shipman, and other guest entertainers are being added daily.
There is an opportunity to “Nourish Your Neighbor” as a donation option to the Putney Foodshelf. The event is free to any community member who wishes to attend the virtual party without dinner.