Plans are being finalized for the Village of St. Johnsville’s Last Night Celebration; Celebrating the Past, Welcoming the Future, on Saturday, December 31.
With events scheduled throughout the afternoon and early evening, the ball drop is planned for 8:50 PM, the Last Night committee is planning a family/community centric event that will allow adults the opportunity and time for more traditional New Year’s Eve activities while at the same time not keeping children up too late.
Headlining the musical performances will be the band Flame when they take the stage of the Marge Curtis Auditorium at the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville High School. The two hour concert will begin at 4 PM.
Flame is a group of internationally recognized musicians with powerful vocals, smooth harmonies and a rich array of instruments, the 10-person cover band from Gloversville, NY happens to have disabilities.
Named for the Special Olympics torch, Flame was born at a 2003 talent show put on by Lexington Center, an agency that supports people with developmental disabilities. Michelle King won the contest with her singing and expressed a desire to start a band. Lexington held open auditions and others joined King.
Like many bands, Flame started small as a recreational band within the agency and gradually gained momentum outside of Lexington. Today, Flame is known and celebrated worldwide for their music and inspirational message. Flame’s mission is to change the world through music.
Flame has performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio; New York’s Apollo Theater; Harvard Law School; the Parthenon in Athens, Greece and the 2009 Special Olympics. Lead Singer Michelle King sang at the funeral of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics.
In addition to Flame, other scheduled musical performances include Linda Lee and the Fox Creek Band, folk musician Roland Vinyard, guitarist Pat Clark and Empty Pocket’s and Company.
Last Night will also include children’s parlor games and crafts, a dance at the Youth Center, a visit from Wonder Woman, trolley car rides, a family movie and guided tours of the Community House. Family and Friends New Year’s Eve portraits will be taken at the Community House with photographer Keara Crocker Battisti.
In prior years, special buttons would have to be purchased to gain entrance to the various performances and activities. With the exception of a minimal charge for the Family and Friends portraits, all of the activities are free to the public.
A complete schedule will be released on December 12. Anyone desiring further information is invited to contact Dawn Lamphere at 518-332-6956.