Claremont-Sugar River Rotary Club is inviting everyone to the last event of the year — Claremont First Night. Come celebrate the New Year with activities all around the City. The evening kicks off at 5 PM on December 31, 2021, and will go until midnight. Fun, family-friendly events are scheduled at Arrowhead Lodge, the Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, Claremont Opera House, Monadnock Park and Meyer Maple Lanes. “There will be something for everyone,” said Mark Brislin, Claremont’s Parks and Recreation Director. “Whether you want to go tubing at Arrowhead, take a dip in the pool at the Community Center, or enjoy some of the great entertainment that we have lined up, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.”
At 10 PM, there will be a dazzling fireworks display over the ski area at Arrowhead, which will also be televised live on CCTV Channel 8. After fireworks, the evening is not over! Meyer Maple Lanes will ring in the New Year with bowling until midnight. “Local businesses have been very supportive of this event and are excited to bring a New Year’s Eve celebration back to Claremont,” said Josh Nelson, President of the Claremont-Sugar River Rotary Club. “We are thrilled to be able to offer this event to the community of Claremont and are looking for ways to help sustain this event for years to come.”
There will be a live performance of “Mark the Halls” at the Claremont Opera House presented by The Rep theater group. New this year will be snowshoeing at Monadnock Park, where the trail will be illuminated by LED luminaries. “It’s exciting to watch this event grow,” said Brislin. “When we brought the First Night activities back seven years ago, all of the activities took place at the Community Center and Arrowhead. The community and local businesses are really embracing this event.”
Back by popular demand is the Second Annual Claremont-Sugar River Rotary First Night Scavenger Hunt. The hunt will take place over five days, starting on Dec. 25 and ending at 5 PM Dec. 30. It will feature outdoor locations around town for teams to discover and document. Teams can be any size with members of any age. Forms can be downloaded from the Claremont-Sugar River Rotary Facebook Page or picked up at the Fiske Free Library. Up to ten gift certificates will be awarded. Winners will be selected randomly from among the forms submitted with correct answers. Winners will be announced Dec. 31 as part of First Night, on the Claremont-Sugar River Rotary Facebook page.
Food and beverages will be for sale at Arrowhead Lodge, Claremont Savings Bank Community Center and Meyer Maple Lanes. Parking will be available at Arrowhead Lodge, Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, Claremont Middle School, and Claremont Savings Bank.
Due to the anticipated large crowds, face masks will be required for indoor performances at the Claremont Opera House and the Claremont Savings Bank Community Center.
First Night is sponsored by the Claremont-Sugar River Rotary Club with assistance from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Claremont Savings Bank and Mascoma Bank.
Help sponsor the First Night events by purchasing a Claremont First Night 2022 button, available from any Rotarian or supporting merchant in town for only $1.00 each. Buttons are required by all members in your family or party to enjoy First Night activities. Children 3 and under are free.
Below is a schedule of events. More may be added, so for up-to-date information, please visit claremontparks.com or like us on Facebook at Claremont First Night.