Schedule

Chinese Lantern Display Chinese Lantern Display

The sky will be aglow over Needham Town Common with hundreds of beautifully colored Chinese lanterns! See the lantern lighting at noon and watch as they become even more dramatic against the night sky.


Shawn Middleton Shawn Middleton

Come and see storyteller and author Shawn Middleton, weave his holiday tales that will educate, entertain, and engage audiences. Shawn puts his own special and unique touch on all of his stories. From pirates to princesses, world tales, fables, fairy tales and original favorites, let these interactive and participatory tales enchant your day. Website


Shawn Middleton Shawn Middleton

Come and see storyteller and author Shawn Middleton, weave his holiday tales that will educate, entertain, and engage audiences. Shawn puts his own special and unique touch on all of his stories. From pirates to princesses, world tales, fables, fairy tales and original favorites, let these interactive and participatory tales enchant your day. Website


Needham Dance Theatre Needham Dance Theatre

Dancers of all ages present “Celebrate the Stars.”A creative, joyful collection of jazz, hip hop and ballet that will entertain and delight! Website


Tanglewood Marionettes: An Arabian Adventure Tanglewood Marionettes: An Arabian Adventure

Featuring over a dozen beautifully hand-crafted marionettes & exquisite “storybook” style scenery, An Arabian Adventure tells the tale of a Persian prince who is thrown into a dungeon because of his love for a beautiful princess. This is an action-packed drama that is sure to delight all ages while introducing them to the magical world of puppet theater. Website


Vanessa Trien & Friends Vanessa Trien & Friends

Boston-based singer-songwriter and children’s performer, Vanessa Trien, has become a local rock star among the young and young at heart. Nessa’s fans sing and dance in the aisles at her packed shows and can’t get enough of her three award-winning children’s CDs. As Boston Children\'s Music puts it, “Vanessa\'s shows are perfect…it really gets the kids (and parents) excited. She has some sort of magical energy that makes all of her shows super fun.” Website


Quinobequin Quilters Guild

Quilts for covering and quilts for viewing in this display of “Sandwiched Art” by local quilters.


George Lyons - Frank Sinatra Impersonator George Lyons - Frank Sinatra Impersonator

George has particular specialism in Frank Sinatra song styling which he sings to the original arrangements George also sings the songs of Dean Martin, Tony Bennett and other famous crooners, including jazz, swing and ballads. Show Tunes from the West End are also part of his vast repertoire of songs. Website


Charles River Ballet Charles River Ballet

Under Needham native Emily Hrones-Umland’s direction, the CRBA dancers move beyond technique to bring classical and contemporary pieces to life in an exciting performance. Be inspired by talented local dancers age 8-19 in this show! Website


Vanessa Trien & Friends Vanessa Trien & Friends

Boston-based singer-songwriter and children’s performer, Vanessa Trien, has become a local rock star among the young and young at heart. Nessa’s fans sing and dance in the aisles at her packed shows and can’t get enough of her three award-winning children’s CDs. As Boston Children\'s Music puts it, “Vanessa\'s shows are perfect…it really gets the kids (and parents) excited. She has some sort of magical energy that makes all of her shows super fun.” Website


Fermata Nowhere

Come hear Needham High School’s largest all-female a cappella group.


Tanglewood Marionettes: An Arabian Adventure Tanglewood Marionettes: An Arabian Adventure

Featuring over a dozen beautifully hand-crafted marionettes & exquisite “storybook” style scenery, An Arabian Adventure tells the tale of a Persian prince who is thrown into a dungeon because of his love for a beautiful princess. This is an action-packed drama that is sure to delight all ages while introducing them to the magical world of puppet theater. Website


Magic By George Magic By George

Join George for a fast-paced, high-energy show full of surprises and fun-filled family entertainment. George has appeared at Sesame Street\'s “Fun to be One” celebration in New York City, and performs regularly at Universal Studios’ City Walk in Los Angeles, CA. Website


West Newton Ceili Band West Newton Ceili Band

The West Newton Ceili Band delights you with jigs, reels, and other dance tunes, as well as soulful singing of Irish ballads. Come experience the sound of a fine traditional Irish session! Website


A Fine Dance Studio A Fine Dance Studio

“Come enjoy selections in jazz, lyrical and tap dance from our performance titled “The Sky’s The Limit”. A Fine Dance Studio is Needham’s number one dance studio specializing in competition teams, recreational dance classes, adult classes & fitness classes. AFDS is proudly starting its fifth year in Needham. Website


Magic By George Magic By George

Join George for a fast-paced, high-energy show full of surprises and fun-filled family entertainment. George has appeared at Sesame Street\'s “Fun to be One” celebration in New York City, and performs regularly at Universal Studios’ City Walk in Los Angeles, CA. Website


Melodious Funk Melodious Funk

Needham’s longest running independent jazz/funk group plays funky takes on jazz tunes. They’re back this year with a bunch of new covers and even some original tunes! David Blaustein (sax), Asher Schachter (bass), Steve Koelbel (keyboards, Hammond organ), Mace Edwards (guitar), and Jon Searles (drums) are eager to bring the swinging funk into the New Year! Website


Great Plain Squares

This is NOT your gym class square dancing anymore! Square dance with today’s modern music. Stay fit with this proven mind and body workout. No experience needed for this New Year’s event. Meet people in the square dancing social network. Website


O’Shea-Chaplin Academy of Irish Dancing O’Shea-Chaplin Academy of Irish Dancing

O’Shea Chaplin Academy of Irish Dance is the premiere dancing school in Massachusetts and has been teaching children and adults for almost 60 years! Their dancers have gone on to win many solo and team regional, national, and world titles. They have performed at the state house and Fenway Park and their dancers have gone on to professional careers in Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. Website


Ruach Israel Klezmer Band Ruach Israel Klezmer Band

Combining traditional Jewish, jazz and Eastern European musical styles to create the sounds of joy. Rarely does a performance end without the audience swaying, clapping and dancing to the infectious sounds of clarinet, trumpet, and trombone bobbing and weaving over the strong rhythms of dumek (hand drum), bass, guitar and piano. You don’t want to miss this... The Ruach Israel Klezmer Band!


Needham Concert Society Needham Concert Society

Come celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Needham Concert Society in a program of exciting and joyous chamber music by Vivaldi, Mozart, Grieg and Dvorak and Bach. Performers to include Bayla Keyes, violin; Peter Zazofsky, violin; Ronald Lowry, cello; Paul Glenn, bass; Soomi Lee, piano; David Tierney, harpsichord. Website


Vanishing Point: George Saterial Vanishing Point: George Saterial

With appearances on CBS’s “The Early Show” and at Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, George presents an entertaining blend of clean comedy, exciting magic, upbeat music, and amazing mind reading. Website


The Payne Killers The Payne Killers

This year’s edition of the versatile Payne Killers will feature R&B, Jump Blues, and Motown selections from various artists including Ray Charles, Maceo Parker, Tyrone Davis, and Taj Mahal. Needhamites Peter McCormack on tenor saxophone and Howard Rubenstein on baritone saxophone are joined by Ed “Soul Machine” Williams on guitar and vocals and Mike Budka on bass.


Longwood Opera Longwood Opera

Longwood Opera is pleased to again be part of the New Year’s Needham celebration and perform our final concert of our 27th consecutive season as Needham’s only Opera company. We will present opera arias and ensembles that will be sure to delight young and old. J. Scott Brumit (General Director and Needham resident) will preside as the master of ceremonies. Jeffrey Brody (Musical Director) will accompany some of the finest Boston based singers for your enjoyment. Website


Jim Colliton Jim Colliton

Jim’s relaxed delivery and clean material have kept him in high demand working comedy clubs, corporate events & cruise ships. Jim’s material is based around his marriage and raising three children and always brings down the house. His spontaneous crowd work and improvability are second to none. Website


Chinese Lantern Display

The sky will be aglow over Needham Town Common with hundreds of beautifully colored Chinese lanterns! See the lantern lighting at noon and watch as they become even more dramatic against the night sky.


Carolyn Waters and the Backwaters Band Carolyn Waters and the Backwaters Band

Featuring the sultry voice of Carolyn Waters, John Zaia on bass, Ken Porter on Djembe and Bo Veaner on guitar. Join a group of musicians who have played together up and down the East Coast and supported Jerry Wasserman and The Great Experiment! Powerful blues, original songs, and of course, some of Jerry Wasserman’s tunes. Website


Needham Community Theatre Needham Community Theatre

Come hear our local troupe perform show tunes and songs from your favorite musicals!. Website


Plugged In Teen Bands Plugged In Teen Bands

Plugged In is a nonprofit rock band program teaching kids ages 6-19 in Needham and throughout Massachusetts about using music to create positive change in the world. In addition to weekly ensemble band classes, private lessons, songwriting workshops, and community performances, Plugged In students perform in benefit concerts that raise money for causes and organizations chosen by the students themselves. Plugged In provides a nurturing and supportive community to which young musicians feel a sense of belonging, an opportunity to express and be acknowledged for their musical interests and a chance to use their music to help others around the world. Website


Margaret Sargent and the Homegrown Coffeehouse Margaret Sargent and the Homegrown Coffeehouse

A NHS grad and now a junior at Colby College, Margaret has made several Homegrown Coffeehouse appearances. In addition to her solo performances, she has appeared in nearly two dozen stage productions. She released “Stories About Strangers,” her debut CD of original songs last summer. Website


Countdown Party at Powers Hall Countdown Party at Powers Hall

Ring in the New Year with Groove Authority in beautiful Powers Hall in Town Hall. Their repertoire includes new and old R&B, Motown, Funk, Soul, Disco, as well as Top 40, Classic Rock, Pop, Swing, Jazz, Reggae and Hip-Hop. They will ignite the dance floor with your favorite high energy songs or switch gears to sing mellow ballads with equal flair. The stellar musicians in the band never fail to impress with their amazing versatility and talent.

The party is 9:30-12:30 (AGE 21+ ONLY)

$15 through Dec. 27th.
$20 after Dec. 27th.
Tickets available at Town Hall, online and at the door.
Cash bar and light refreshments provided.
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Midnight: Folk music and poetry in the round with host Chris Pahud and The Rounders Midnight: Folk music and poetry in the round with host Chris Pahud and The Rounders

Join us again this year for an evening of Folk music and poetry in the round with host Chris Pahud and the Rounders. Chris has performed with major folk artists all over New England, and his most current CD is the critically acclaimed “Red Sky in the Morning.” The Rounders feature multi-instrumentalist Tom Smith, spoken word performance artist (and two-time Mass Cultural Council award recipient) Cheryl Perreault, and guitarist Steve Rapson. Opening for the Rounders are Abbey and Jaclyn Perreault with their own indie take on traditional folk. Website


New Years Needham — December 31, 2013
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  Masonic Hall Christian Science Church St. Joe’s
Kennedy Gym
Town Hall
Powers Hall
Unitarian Church Parish Hall Town Common Prudential Properties The Center at the Heights
10:00 AM
Chinese Lantern Display
(10:00 AM)

Chinese Lanterns aglow over Needham Town Common

10:15 AM
10:30 AM
Shawn Middleton
(10:30 AM)

Children’s storyteller
(Ages 3+)

10:45 AM
11:00 AM
11:15 AM
11:30 AM
Shawn Middleton
(11:30 AM)

Children’s storyteller
(Ages 3+)

11:45 AM
12:00
Needham Dance Theatre
(12:00)

Dance Performance

12:15
12:30
Tanglewood Marionettes: An Arabian Adventure
(12:30)

Marionette performance

12:45
1:00
Vanessa Trien & Friends
(1:00)

Singer-songwriter & children’s performer


Quinobequin Quilters Guild
(1:00)

Quilting Display


George Lyons – Frank Sinatra Impersonator
(1:00)

George has particular specialism in Frank Sinatra song styling which he sings to the original arrangements.

1:15
1:30
Charles River Ballet
(1:30)

Dance Performance

1:45
2:00
Vanessa Trien & Friends
(2:00)

Singer-songwriter & children’s performer


Fermata Nowhere
(2:00)

NHS Female
a cappella group

2:15
2:30
Tanglewood Marionettes: An Arabian Adventure
(2:30)

Marionette performance

2:45
3:00
Magic By George
(3:00)

Magician – family show


West Newton Ceili Band
(3:00)

Irish Music


A Fine Dance Studio
(3:00)

Dance Performance

3:15
3:30
3:45
4:00
Magic By George
(4:00)

Magician – family show


Melodious Funk
(4:00)

Funk/soul band


Great Plain Squares
(4:00)

Have fun with fast-paced energizing square dancing. No experience needed.
(Ages 8+)

4:15
4:30
O’Shea-Chaplin Academy of Irish Dancing
(4:30)

Step dancers

4:45
5:00
Ruach Israel Klezmer Band
(5:00)

Klezmer musicians


Needham Concert Society
(5:00)

Professional and young musicians perform classical music

5:15
5:30
5:45
6:00
Vanishing Point: George Saterial
(6:00)

Adult Comedy/Magic

6:15
6:30
6:45
7:00
The Payne Killers
(7:00)

R&B music


Longwood Opera
(7:00)

Singing (Opera For All)

7:15
Jim Colliton
(7:15)

Comedian
(Adults only)

7:30
Chinese Lantern Display
(7:30)

Chinese Lanterns aglow over Needham Town Common

7:45
8:00
Carolyn Waters and the Backwaters Band
(8:00)

Join the Backwaters Band for powerful blues, original songs, and some of Jerry Wasserman’s tunes.

8:15
Needham Community Theatre
(8:15)

Show tunes

8:30
Plugged In Teen Bands
(8:30)

Young rock musicians
(Ages 8-18)

8:45
9:00
Margaret Sargent and the Homegrown Coffeehouse
(9:00)

Singer/Songwriter

9:15
9:30
Countdown Party at Powers Hall
(9:30)

Ring in the New Year with Groove Authority in beautiful Powers Hall in Town Hall. (Ages 21+) The party runs from 9:30-12:30 and will include music, dancing, light food and a cash bar. $15 through Dec. 27th/$20 after Dec. 27th and at the door.

9:45
10:00
Midnight: Folk music and poetry in the round with host Chris Pahud and The Rounders
(10:00)

Eclectic evening of folk music, poetry, and a touch of indie.

10:15
10:30
10:45
11:00
11:15
11:30
11:45
Midnight – Happy New Year!
12:15 AM
12:30 AM
12:45 AM
1:00 AM