Ringing in the New Year – Ptown Style

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New Years weekend is a big one here in town.  It’s sort of the last big party and after that, everyone goes into hibernation (or to warmer climes) until May.  We’re having our own countdown party at Shipwreck Lounge.  Here are a few of the other signature events that piqued my interest.


The Sound of Music Sing-a-Long with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence on Friday December 30 is going to be the marquee event for me.   There’s popcorn, Maria and Georg Von Trapp, singing and the invite says to come in costume.  Oh my heavens, this event was meant for me!!  I L.O.V.E. The Sound of Music.  Every year I bust out this tatty old VHS cassette (yes, I still have a VCR) on which I recorded the movie off the TV circa the early 1980s.  I love the movie, I love the music, I’m off to find my goat herder costume.


Because we can’t go too long without talking about food…the Provincetown Farmer’s Market is on Saturday December 31 at the Town Hall.  Let’s kickoff the New Year by shopping and eating local, shall we?


On Saturday and Sunday is a bit of a scary treat for those who like their holidays with a twist of the wicked.  It’s the WICKED WINTER WONDERLAND, an Interactive Holiday Fright Maze for Naughty Kids & Adults of All Ages.  Produced by the DEAD SILENCE team at the Provincetown Art House.  It’s a 10-15 minute show to raise funds for the Friends of the Provincetown Public Library.


The POLAR BEAR PLUNGE takes place early afternoon at high tide at the Johnson Street Lot.  I will do this someday before I die.  Not sure if this year will be the year.
Hot chocolate is included in the registration fee and proceeds go to the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod.


You can’t have New Years without fireworks, and this year, the First Light Fireworks will be on January 1st at dusk.


The other parties, performances, brunches, etc. are too numerous to mention but the Provincetown Business Guild has the entire itinerary, you can check it out here.

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