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Subject :

Classic Rock to Ring in New Year at ‘First Night’
Contact :Fullerton Museum Center    (714) 738-6545
Fullerton City Manager’s Office    (714) 738-6317
Fullerton, CA -- If you get your groove on with classic rock, then the 22nd Annual "First Night Fullerton" New Year's Eve party is the place you want to be!

Helping to ring in the New Year, Saturday, Dec. 31, will be the group “Spare Change,” which specializes in classic rock from the last 50 years.

“First Night” is the city’s annual New Year’s Eve party, offering family oriented, alcohol-free activities at numerous locations in the streets, sidewalks and buildings in Fullerton’s historic downtown.

A 10-minute fireworks finale will cap the celebration at midnight.

The festivities begin at 7 p.m., and admission is free.

For “First Night,” “Spare Change” will perform at the Wilshire Avenue Community Church, 212 E. Wilshire Ave., which is appropriate as all the band members are part of the church’s congregation.  Performance times will be at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 p.m.

Spare Change members include lead guitarist Kirk Mackie, church lead pastor. Also performing will be Matt Reekstin, church member and CORE Physical Therapist, on vocals; environmental engineer Randy Schoellerman, keyboards; Andrea Reekstin, church member, vocals; and worship team members Bianca Smith, vocals, Colin Tovey, guitar, Chris Frank, bass, and Greg Baker, drums.

The "First Night" program began in Boston in 1976 as a cap to the nation's bicentennial. The event's goal is to broaden public appreciation of the visual and performing arts while offering an alternative to the traditional New Year's Eve celebrations which focus on alcohol and drinking.

There are now several hundred “First Night” cities throughout the United States and Canada. Fullerton was the first California city to offer the event, and is the only Orange County community to present a “First Night” celebration this year.

“First Night” events will include a variety of band performances, entertainers, art exhibits, skating on a synthetic ice rink, and children’s rides and activities.

While admission to all the “First Night” activities is free, a fee of $2 to $7 will be charged for the children’s rides and activities.

A variety of food booths will be selling items throughout the evening, and most downtown restaurants will be open and are within walking distance of the “First Night” festivities.

"First Night Fullerton" is produced by the Fullerton Parks and Recreation
Department. Further information may be obtained by calling the Fullerton Museum Center at (714) 738-6545.

Persons requiring special accommodations to attend “First Night” are asked to notify the museum staff prior to Dec. 31.