Ringing in the new year
Resident’s from Blue Hill and surrounding towns rang in the New Year at Blue Hill’s annual “Last Night” celebration. The evening started at the Congregational Church as “Father Timely” read the “Last Night” proclamation, followed by song and poetry from Noel Stookey, George Emlen and Stuart Kestenbaum. A full house joined in the singing. Following the “Call to Last Night” were a variety of events around town. Local music groups and artists included the Loose Cannon Jug Band, Maine Weather, the Brooklin Town Band and many others. Participants also had the opportunity to dance to traditional folk and Scottish dancing as well as steel drums from members of three different steel bands.
Blue Hill Steel Bands
Members of Planet Pan, Atlantic Clarion and Flash! in the Pans perform at the GSA cafeteria during “Last Night 2018.”
Downeast Scottish Country Dancers instruct participants in a loon dance at the Blue Hill Fire Department. Shown are Father, Nathan Grant, left, and Daughter, Ophelia Grant going through a “tunnel” as dancers make the sound of a loon.
A musical farewell
Stuart Kestenbaum leads Along For the Ride to help close out 2018 at the Last Night celebration New Year’s Eve, December 31, at the Blue Hill Public Library.
Dancers Young and Old
Children from ages 3 to maybe 73 dance to the beat of steel drummers at “Last Night 2018.”
Maine Weather perform country and folk music upstairs in the Blue Hill Town hall at “Last Night 2018.”
Michael McPharland, left, Leanne Nickon and Patrick Harris of New Surry Theatre present the first act of Outside Mullingar, the story of a small town in Ireland.
Last Night at Sandy’s
GSA headmaster, singer and songwriter, Tim Seeley, sings to an audience at Sandy’s Cafe in Blue Hill during “Last Night 2018.”
Down At The Mud Flat Laundromat
The Loose Cannon Jug Band, performs songs from the ’20s and ’30s at the American Legion Hall including, “Down At The Mud Flat Laundromat.”
Children and adult participants at the Blue Hill Congregational Church parade homemade yellow birds at the first event of the evening as the song Yellow Bird was played on the steel drums and guitars. A full house sang songs from Here We Go a Caroling to Auld Lang Syne as Noel Stookey, George Emlen and others summoned the beginning of “Last Night” with poetry and song.