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Sending off 2017 in style

Blue Hill’s traditional New Year’s Eve bash, Last Night!, brought live music, theater and lots of conversations throughout downtown. Hosted by steel drum band Peninsula Pan, which performed at George Stevens Academy, brought 17 live acts to seven venues over three hours, after first starting with a Call to Last Night at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill featuring poetry and song. While the near-zero degree temperature surely kept some people home, there were still plenty of folks keeping warm to the sounds of jazz, folk, rock and Americana, through Scottish dancing and to laughter and conversation from the Town Hall stage and among neighbors and friends.

Gypsy Kids rock the house

Gypsy Kids rock the house

Bassist Deb Bernal, of Brooksville, brings her band, Gypsy Kids, to Last Night!.

Photo by Anne Berleant

Mike Fay

Mike Fay

Mike Fay performs at George Stevens Academy during Last Night!

Photo by Anne Berleant

Being Dégas

Being Dégas

New Surry Theatre filled the upstairs at town hall with skits performed by local actors. Above, “Edgar Dégas” ruminates about living in modern times as a little-known famous painter, while his wife, Mrs. Dégas, carries on with life as usual.

Photo by Anne Berleant

Susie Fay

Susie Fay

Susie Fay performs at George Stevens Academy during Last Night!

Photo by Anne Berleant

Serving it up

Serving it up

Kristie Billings serves hot chocolate and more at the Black Dinah counter at Fairwinds Florist.

Photo by Anne Berleant

Jazzin’ in the new year

Jazzin’ in the new year

Musical notes floating down Main Street bring in a crowd from the cold as Deer Isle’s Isle of Jazz performs at Fairwinds Florist as part of the Last Night! festivities that transformed downtown Blue Hill into a venue-crawl for live music, theater and conversation. The island quintet lent a touch of jazz to the Peninsula’s way of saying fare thee well to the outgoing year.

Photo by Anne Berleant