NYBB 2014 HQ – The Parent Gallery

HQ -  Parent Gallery, 92 Main Street, corner of High Street & Main Sts. at the Downtown Traffic Light, opposite Alexia’s Pizza, 12/31/13 OPEN 12 noon - 8pm on New Year’s Eve for Volunteer & Performer Check-in and helpful assistance to the public – re: schedules,  questions or directions. NYBB 2014 Admittance

Buttons may be purchased at HQ from 12/14/13 – 12/31/12 8pm or until sold out. Buttons may also be purchased online - go to Home page & scroll down  & also at most performance venues during the event until sold out. Printed Program Schedules are available at HQ now thru 12/31/13 & venues on 12/31/13 or you may go to the “Schedule/Map” tab online to open, download or print..

For location of numbered events below, see map

Helena Melone-Dancer

4- The Playhouse Theater, Opera House block on Church St., between Beaver & Spring Sts., 9:15-9:45pm.

Helena Melone will entertain us with her considerable interpretive dance talents. The performance will focus on welcoming in the New Year with Flamenco & Fusion & dance movements & music.  Heléna Melone – danced ’til dawn with Roma (“gypsies”) in their caves in Sacra Monte, Granada and has trained extensively in flamenco and in many styles of “belly” dance throughout the U.S., as well as in Egypt, Turkey and Spain. She is an international teacher & performer and an arts educator with 18 years of teaching/facilitating/performing experience helping others realize & claim their potential through the power of dance.



Join-in Nutcracker

Free admittance – limited seating

2 Belfast Dance Studio, 109 High St. opposite the Library, near Spring St., 3:00-4:00pm. Local sugarplum fairies can dance again at the third annual Join-in Nutcracker—but this time we’ll be ringing in the New Year! Children of all ages—that means ballet-loving grown-ups, too—are invited to twirl along to highlights from the holiday classic as part of New Year’s By the Bay. The event is free (no NYBB buttons required, though we encourage you to buy one!) and presented by NYBB and the Belfast Dance Studio. (Donations are welcome, as all proceeds benefit the Dance Studio children’s scholarship fund.) Come ready to leap across the dance floor in your Nutcracker finest: tutus, holiday sweaters, nightgowns (in honor of Clara, the Nutcracker heroine), royal garb, mouse ears, peppermint stripes, tin soldier costumes, Victorian Christmas outfits, etc.—and if you have extra tutus or dress-up clothes to lend, please bring those, too. (Coming as you are is of course also fine.) The event will be geared toward children, but anyone with a love of ballet, dancing, or the holiday spirit is encouraged to attend, whether or not you have children in tow as an excuse. The event will be first-come/first-serve, with limited capacity, so arrive early to avoid being turned away.

The first two years of the Join-In Nutcracker, the first ever such event in Maine, were enchanting, with dozens of little holiday sprites pirouetting giddily to the classic score, and this year sees the return of wonderful area ballerinas Lila Carpenter and Claire Olson from our 2011 event. “The Belfast Dance Studio is so proud to host what is quickly becoming a beloved holiday tradition,” says Lisa Newcomb, owner. “It’s a playful, fun, spirited and beautiful celebration of the season.” The Join-in Nutcracker will begin with a brief telling of the classic ballet from a storybook, read by Arielle Bywater. The overture will play while everyone gussies up, stretches and gets ready to dance. We’ll dance chronologically through the ballet to highlights from the score, with demonstrations of ballet moves for inspiration by the two local ballerinas. But no ballet or dance experience is necessary to participate in the Join-in Nutcracker: this event is purely for fun (though you may still end up burning some holiday calories.)FMI call the Dance Studio at 338-5380.


Belfast Curling Club Open House

FREE admittance
Belfast Curling Club, 211 Belmont Ave./Route 3, 2.5 mi. west of Routes 1 & 3 intersection, 3:00-5pm Come observe the game of curling, a team sport played on ice indoors. A Curling Club member will describe & explain the game as it’s being played.

Captain Obvious
Captain Obvious

1-The Boathouse-34 Commercial St. at Front St. &  the Belfast Waterfront. Dance Party Celebration gets under way 5:00-6:45pm. with Captain Obvious the 4 piece Rock & Blues Band that people just want to dance to…no matter how much they may try to resist the urge! With the first chords of any Classic Rock tune they play, the feet start tappin’ and hips start moving – shaking – swaying & yes convulsing toward the dance floor. Come & help lead off the New Year’s By The Bay Dance Party Celebration with Captain Obvious & band members: Matt Ellis-Bass, Tom Joseph-Guitar & Vocals, Eric Sanders-Drums &  East Coast renowned but reclusive Jeff Smith-Guitar.


Poetry Gala in Black & White
NYBB 2014 -Poetry Gala in Black and White Poster 2013

4 The Playhouse, Opera House Block, Church St. between Beaver & Spring Sts. opposite the Police Station, 6:00-7:00pm. A theatrical hour of poetry noir and rambunctious verbosity. Poetics of theater, movement and music.

1 & 9 - Caricatures by PJ Carter
Caricatures by PJ Carter 6:30-8:30

9 – First Baptist Church Vestry(lower level), High Street, near Miller Street, 6:30-8:30pm. LIVE (seated) Caricature drawings by PJ Carter are fun for everyone -whether being drawn  or observing the artist capture the features of a companion in pastels! Leave with a wondeful memento of the New Year’s Celebration.

Poetry Slam
Jacob Fricke

4- The Playhouse Theater, Opera House block on Church St., between Beaver & Spring Sts., 7:00-9:00pm. The Belfast Poetry Slam is pairing up with New Year’s By the Bay to ring in the new year with poetic velocity and all due spunk. On Tuesday, December 31 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Playhouse Theatre, 107 Church Street, former Belfast Poet Laureate Jacob Fricke will host a live action poetry performance contest open to all. Come to the Playhouse ready for high art, high vaudeville, live words, and bold times as this mock-Olympic performance injects drama, heartbreak, spunk, and grace into the everyday conception of poetry.Poets bold enough to take the stage should bring several poems of their own composition, each no longer than three minutes long. Following the familiar slam format, no costumes, props, or musical instruments are allowed. After each contestant’s performance of a single poem, five judges randomly selected from the audience will hold up Olympic scorecards to furnish a numeric score, and the victors will advance to the next rounds. The evening’s top poet will receive a $75 cash prize on the spot, and other prizes of literary interest and cultural relevance, including gift certificates, zines, and volumes of poetry, will also be awarded. FMI about poetry and other events offered by New Year’s By the Bay, see or stop by New Year’s By the Bay headquarters at The Parent Gallery, 92 Main Street in Belfast. FMI on the Slam and slam poetry, see the national Poetry Slam website at, contact Fricke at or contact Mary Weaver at or 338-5777.

CatchaVibe – Reggae Band
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The Boathouse, Front & Commercial Streets at the Belfast Harbor, 7:15 – 9:15pm. Maine’s own original reggae band creates FUN danceable sounds of reggae, soul & funk with deep grooves that inspire dancing. CatchaVibe features a line-up of accomplished musicians, songwriters, producers and master teachers who now reside in vacationland! Providing one pure stream of peace, harmony, rhythm and melody through their original reggae music. Members of CatchaVibe are Mai Kheet-drums & vocals, Craig Raymond-guitar, Jesse Feinberg, Ezra Rugg-bass, Jessica Small, vocals.

Golden Oldies- “DJ” Denis Howard ll

1 The Boathouse, 34 Commercial St. at Front St, Belfast Harbor, 9:30-11:45pm. Ring in the New Year with your favorite Rock n’ Roll & Motown Sounds of the 50′s & 60′s.

9th Annual Drum & Rabble Corps Procession

FREE admittance
Meet at 11:45 at the Downtown Traffic Light, Main & High Streets, on the sidewalk corners. Drummers one & all come lead the way, the Procession leaves at 11:50pm sharp!. The community, including YOU & your friends are welcome to join in the Procession & add to the Rabble Beat, with your own drum, sticks, pots & pans, tin can, lids or noisemakers while walking 2 blocks down Main Street to the Celebratory Midnight Lighting of the 11th Annual New Years Bonfire By The Bay at the Waterfront!





Countdown To the New Year at the 11th Annual Bonfire By The Bay

FREE admittance
12-Waterfront Pier at the Belfast Harbor, Lower Main Street, below Front Street, 11:30pm-until the embers fade or high tide… The official Countdown Clock & BCTV2 will be on site & start broadcasting at 11:30pm as we Welcome in 2014 to the drums beating, a jubilant crowd & a roaring Bonfire By The Bay!