Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

The Morris County Administration and Records Building will be one of many venues for this year’s First Night Morris County on Wednesday, Dec. 31.

First Night is a non-alcoholic New Year’s Eve celebration held rain or shine at a number of sites in Morristown, most of which are within close walking distance of one another and of the newly renovated Morristown Green in the center of the town’s business district.

Throughout the evening, the Administration Building, on Court Street, will host performances by children’s entertainer “Big Jeff” DeSmedt accompanied by his guitar, harmonica, kazoo and Mr. Kleiner, a third grade teacher and lead guitarist with Big Jeff and his Middle Sized Band; poet Tara Betts; Native American storyteller Kenneth Little Hawk; and poet Cat Doty.

The building’s Atrium Art Gallery will also be open throughout the evening.

An admission button allows access to all 25 First Night indoor locations to view high-quality, professional entertainment for people of all ages.

First Night Morris County, in its 17th year, will also ring in the New Year with two fireworks displays at 9:15 p.m. and midnight.

Admission buttons are $18 in advance, $20 on Dec. 31, and may be purchased at more than 30 Morristown-area locations.

More information may be obtained by visiting the First Night Morris Web site, www.firstnightmorris.com, or by calling First Night Morris at 973-455-0708.

The first performances begin at 7 p.m.