The 14th annual New Year’s by the Bay Friday, Dec. 31 will offer a cultural, family-oriented, chemical-free celebration held at many venues throughout the city.

More than 50 performances and activities to experience will include musicians playing and singing blues, bluegrass, Celtic favorites, American standards, lively folk, old time country, gypsy jazz, Native American flute and storytelling, Appalachian roots music and a variety of original songs. In addition, attendees can enjoy interactive magic and illusions, hula hooping, a jump house, balloon animals, demonstrations of ice curling and have a caricature drawn. There will be four different fun dance bands and a concluding bonfire by the bay. Chem-free eateries will be selling great hearty affordable homemade food including chili, soups, stews, pizza, wraps, sandwiches, desserts, hot drinks and a New Year’s Eve breakfast.

Buttons on sale

The New Year’s by the Bay button provides admission to all events, as space allows. Buttons are $15, $5 for K through 12 students and free for younger children. They are on sale at the Belfast Coop, Parent Gallery, Mr. Paperback, Hannaford in Belfast, Belfast Harbor Inn and the Comfort Inn Ocean’s Edge. For more information, call 323-1748 or visit

Volunteers wanted

The get a free admission button, people can be a volunteer during the fun event. From 3 p.m. to midnight, more than 100 volunteers from teens to senior citizens will be needed for shifts of two and a half hours at downtown Belfast entertainment venues. Volunteering is fun and indoors. For more information on volunteering,  contact Mary Mortier at 323-1748 or send e-mail to

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to