New Artist: Francesca Blanchard

by sarah on October 17, 2014

Hello, Friends of First Night Burlington –

It may seem like New Year’s Eve is far away, but for First Night staff and volunteers, it’s approaching rapidly. We’re working hard to make this year’s festivities the best we’ve ever offered.

In order to prepare you for “a night you’ll remember,” we’ll be featuring many of our new artists in this blog over the coming weeks so you can become better acquainted with them. Once again, we’re proud of how many extraordinarily talented, new and emerging artists we’re able to spotlight at First Night Burlington.

One new artist we’re particularly excited to welcome is Francesca Blanchard. This French-American singer-songwriter is sure to move you. Writing and performing in both English and French, Francesca delivers songs that are “quietly and profoundly stunning,” says Dan Bolles in Seven Days. These scintillating songs are humble odes to love, heartbreak, and home from a young woman who long ago learned to “travel light and invite surprises.”

In recent months, Francesca has been raising money for her upcoming album. After surpassing her fundraising goal, she’ll be releasing her first full-length recording sometime in 2015.

Head to Francesca’s website, like her on Facebook, and watch this video to preview some of her music! Don’t miss her performance at this year’s First Night celebration. She performs at the Unitarian Universalist Church from 9-9:40 pm as part of First Night’s “Global Village” series of music and dance performances.

Thank you all for your continued support!

Tom, Muffie, Sarah, Pam and Anna




Looking Ahead to First Night 2015 -

by Tom Ayres on October 2, 2014

Coming Soon: First Night 2015 Button Sales at Dramatically Lower Prices!

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It has been a busy summer and early fall here at the First Night Burlington office. We’ve wrapped up all of the programming for First Night 2015 and are delighted to report that New Year’s Eve festival goers will be enchanted by more than 100 performances, arts-and-crafts activities, and movie screenings in nearly 20 venues throughout downtown Burlington. In the coming days and weeks, we’ll be posting a regular stream of news about the eclectic array of live music, dance, comedy, theater, and more that will make this 32nd annual edition of First Night Burlington the most entertaining and engaging ever.

Let’s kick things off with some particularly exciting news: leaves aren’t the only thing falling during this autumn season. First Night button prices for adults are dropping as well! That’s right: the price of a First Night 2015 Adult button will be just $15, a full 25% off the price of the past few years. And we’re also introducing a new, lower-priced Student button for anyone over 12 years of age with a student I.D. A First Night Student button will cost just $10 – 50% off the previous cost of an Adult button. And of course, our Kids button (for children 12 and under) will remain, as always, at the low, low price of just $5.

We’re taking all of these steps because we learned by surveying you, our longtime friends and supporters, about your First Night experiences over the years. You told us that it is vitally important that First Night be affordable, open, and engaging. First Night Burlington remains true to its mission of presenting “an accessible, healthy, and socially responsible celebration of the arts” that embraces everyone – from toddlers to teens to young families to seniors from throughout our region. The lowering of button prices is just one of a number of exciting changes and innovations that we’re bringing to First Night this year. Stay tuned to this blog for lots more about what’s new in the days ahead, including the startup of First Night 2015 button sales. And visit for weekly profiles of the dozens of artists who’ll enthrall us all on December 31. Get ready for the 32nd annual First Night Burlington, now one of the oldest New Year’s Eve celebrations of its kind anywhere!


What’s New at First Night 2014

December 24, 2013

Hello, friends of First Night. As our days here in the office start to fly by and we get ever closer to New Year’s Eve,  we can’t help but be excited about the plethora of new talent at First Night Burlington 2014. We do our best to hire nearly one-third new artists each year to […]

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Volunteers Needed!

December 4, 2013

First Night runs on volunteers—this year we need about 300 people to make YOUR event a success.  Choose from a wide variety of jobs—from face painting to button selling, and a wide variety of venues—from City Hall to Champlain College’s Alumni Auditorium.  Volunteering at First Night is fun! Our volunteers come back year after year!  […]

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Africa To Vermont

November 26, 2013
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First Night Burlington is delighted to present a special selection of performances and activities this New Year’s Eve entitled Africa to Vermont. These events will celebrate emerging and established artists from New American communities in Vermont, with a particular focus on artists of the African diaspora. Performers in the Africa to Vermont program include African […]

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College Street Congregational Church Performances Move to Alumni Auditorium at Champlain College

November 5, 2013

Each day since the tragic fire at the College Street Congregational Church two weeks ago, we at First Night have been in steady contact with our good friends and neighbors at the church. Our hearts and prayers go out to the members of the church community as they work to rebuild and restore the historic […]

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Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band

October 2, 2013

Hello, First Night Burlington Friends! Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul band is one of the most exciting and anticipated bands to hit the stage at First Night Burlington 2014. The band has been together since 2010 and anyone who has been to one of their performances knows that every show is a party that […]

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Buttons and Tickets On Sale Now

October 1, 2013

You are able to order First Night buttons online starting today, Oct 1st, 2013. You also may purchase buttons and tickets at our Box Office, located at 230 College Street, Burlington. Our hours are 9:15am to 4:30pm, Monday thru Friday. They run out fast so make sure you get your buttons well in advanced! We […]

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Summer Greetings

June 14, 2013

Dear Friends of First Night Burlington – As many of you may have heard, I recently joined First Night Burlington as the new executive director. Jennifer Crowell left First Night at the end of April to relocate to western Massachusetts and be nearer family. We salute Jen for her five years of dedicated service – […]

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The local artists in your community

April 3, 2013

I think that it’s far too often that we forget what a rich, artistic community we live in. Burlington and it’s surrounding towns are over-flowing with artists of all kinds and we’re lucky enough to have them as our neighbors, co-workers and friends. It’s this wealth of creative people that First Night is also lucky […]

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