Share Your Past First Night Stories
We are celebrating the 30th anniversary this year. We would love to hear your past First Night Hartford story.
Can you recall a fun experience…? Do you have a fond memory to share?
If so, we’d love to read about it and post it to this website.
We have been bringing our granddaughter to First Night for 5 years. We start with an early dinner at Vaughan’s Pub, take a ride on the carousel and the train and then we finish with the 6 o’clock fireworks. Lots of fun and lots of memories. -Deb and John, East Berlin
We have been to many of Hartford’s First n Night. The one that stands out for me is my very first. My daughter was between six or eight years old. I wanted to do something family oriented, safe and fun for all of us to welcome the New Year. We spent the entire afternoon visiting various children’s programming and most of all looking forward to the 6 o’clock fireworks. My daughter was excited beyond belief wide-eyed awake as the fireworks lit up the sky. She look at me and wondering if we were going to go home. When given the choice she elected to continue on with us for the rest of the evening until midnight. We felt safe enjoying dance programs or just sitting on a corner listening to soulful music. I remember that night being very cold and windy. I wrapped up my precious cargo in a thick blanket and sat her in the lounge chair with a prime view of the pending fireworks. She enjoyed the entire show; afterwords I looked over to her to making sure my wrapped up polar bear was warm to notice she fast asleep. I carried her to the car with a big smile. Since then we attended several more. We kept the buttons as a reminder of our family outings. Great Memories. -3MFamily
I will soon be 28 and I remember my very first “First Night Hartford”. I was a student at Alfred E. Burr school in Hartford and we were all asked to submit artwork to be displayed at the event. I made a lampshade with a white swan, blue lake and a rainbow in the background that my mom still has to this day! So happy to see the event grow more and more each year! -Attendee from Hartford
It was my first time at First Night Hartford and it was a thrilling experience! I was one of five Story Tellers performing at Center Church from the Story City Troupe. We shared true stories told without notes based on personal experiences for Adult audiences.
Our show theme for the 7:00 PM show was “Romance” and the 8:15 PM show theme was “Family”.
The First Night volunteers and audience welcomed us with wide open arms as we shared stories about young love, first kisses, dance partners and matchmaking. There were stories about cherished family heirlooms, keeping traditions alive, family heroes and siblings managing a blizzard crisis.
Emcee Sue Huggans, Storyteller and Manager of the troupe was joined by Maire Greene, Arnold Pritchard, Saul Fussiner and myself.
I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to share New Years Eve in this way and for meeting such story appreciating audiences.
Learn more about the Story City Troupe on Facebook! I hope we will cross paths again! -Nina L., Stratford
My husband and I have enjoyed First Night for many years. We get to experience new entertainment and hear stories like a kid. We have discovered many parts of Hartford we did not know. The most lasting experience was seeing Sally Rogers, as State troubadour. We now enjoy her music year round. It was exposure at First Night be that has provided us so much fun. Thank you. -Ann A., Newington
Watching the fireworks from the Capitol with my family has been a tradition for many years, we truly love it. -Caroline, Avon
We had a great time at our 1st First night this past New years eve. My girlfriend and I brought my 7 year old down and she had a blast. Between her first time ice skating, the merry go round, relaxing in the pump house and the midnight fireworks it was a great way to start the year off. -Denny, New Britain
On the New Year’s Eve of Y2K my friend and I worked First Night for the first time. We worked in the Creation Station, saw fireworks at 6:00 and at Midnight, had a wonderful time working and later went to see The Nifty Fifties play. It was the first time we saw them and would see them several times after, including other First Nights. We would later bring our (future) wives to work First Night and dance to the Nifty Fifties. But it was that first time that is our best memory. -Howard H.
My wife, Joyce, and I have attended all Hartford First Nights and have the badges to prove it! One of our favorite memories is that of taking residents of a Hartford Group Home to my office (former) on the 25th floor of City Place 1 a number of years to watch the fire works. The looks of joy and awe on their faces as they thoroughly enjoyed the fire works will never be forgotten!! -Harold B.