Local events celebrate new year

Johnstown unveiled a painting and had fireworks, and Gloversville had a party at the Glove Theatre.

They were among the local events Wednesday night that celebrated the arrival of the new year.

The Glove Performing Arts Center hosted a “gala event,” inviting people in for hors d’oeuvres, drinks and live music before watching the ball drop at midnight over a live feed from Times Square in New York City.

Richard Samrov, executive director at the Glove, said the event also celebrated the Glove’s 100th year in the city.

“This is the first time we’ve done it, with being 100 years old,” Samrov said.

The event included music provided by the band Freedom Hawk and a DJ.

The profits from the event went to benefit the Glove.

Members of the Glamour Girls also were at the event to serve drinks and entertain the crowd.

Sally Brien, a member of the Glamour Girls, said they have supported local events like the gala in the past.

“We just try to help other organizations, and we just appear because we like to dress up,” Brien said.

Brien was dressed as “Modern Milly.”

Samrov said the 2014 season will include musicals such as “Next to Normal” Jan. 23 through 25, “Avenue Q” in June and “Carrie The Musical” in September.

Meanwhile, at the Fulton County Courthouse in Johnstown Tuesday night, members of the Johnstown Historical Society unveiled the painting “Johns-Town, Winter 1773” by artist Ruth DeWilde-Major. The artist donated the painting to the society after she visited the city to research her genealogy.

Johnstown Historian Noel Levee said the artist from Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts was researching Robert Adems, a merchant who worked with city founder Sir William Johnson in Colonial era in Johnstown.

Bill VanVoast, a cousin of DeWilde-Major, met DeWilde-Major during her trip through the area.

Later in the evening, the city had a downtown fireworks show, presented by the Johnstown Area Community ?Center.