Village to host Last Night

ST. JOHNSVILLE – The village of St. Johnsville will celebrate the New Year with the seventh annual Last Night celebration on Tuesday.

According to a news release, Last Night started in 2007 in the Village of St. Johnsville as part of its year-long sesquicentennial celebration. Last Night now rotates through the villages of St. Johnsville, Fort Plain and Canajoharie every three years.

“We found it was just too much planning, fundraising and hard work for one small village to do every year,” said Robert Smith, chair of the committee, in a news release.

The evening’s activities kick off at 6 p.m. with an open house and museum tour at the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library and Museum, 18 Kingsbury Avenue; horse-drawn wagon rides at the intersection of Main Street and North Division Street; and performances by Flower the Clown for children at the Youth Center, 17 East Main St.

A children’s pinata created by the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville High School art students of Sara Thibodeau, will be hung at the Youth Center at 8 p.m. At 6:30 p.m, The Dependents will perform at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 32 W. Main St., followed by Dick Solberg & the Sun Mountain Band at 9 p.m.

Beginning at 7:15 p.m., the 1920 silent film “One Week” starring Buster Keaton will be shown every hour at the Grace Christian Church, at the corner of Center and Monroe streets. Bill Hubert, a specialist in silent films from Glens Falls, will accompany the 21-minute film on the pipe organ. The final showing will be at 11:15 p.m.

Scavenger hunts for youth and adults will begin at the firehouse, 6 W. Main St., at 7 p.m. A group photo booth will be set up at the firehouse from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The St. Johnsville Volunteer Fire Department will offer hot and cold beverages at the firehouse.

The Bill Brust Band will perform at the Community House, 16 Washington St., from 8 to 11 p.m.

An outdoor fireworks display will begin at 9 p.m.

A bonfire will be lit at 11 p.m. at the corner of Main and North Division streets. At midnight, a papier-mache full moon will be lowered from a volunteer fire department ladder truck into the bonfire to ring in the New Year.

All events at Last Night are free with the purchase of a button.