Thousands Celebrate Downtown

First Night Organizers Report Biggest Attendance In Years

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Posted: January 2, 2014

Riley Joyner, 7, and sister Peyton, 4, boogie in the new year at the Bubble Wrap Dance Party in front of the Explore More Discovery Museum on Main Street during First Night celebrations on Tuesday. (Photos by Michael Reilly / DN-R)
Runner Beth Gimbert of Weyers Cave gets a high-five from friend Kate Ruebke, 7, of Port Republic during the First Night 5K. The race was held as a fundraiser for Generations Crossing.
Fireworks light up the night sky shortly after midnight.
Runners in the First Night 5K begin the race at Turner Pavilion on Liberty Street on Tuesday afternoon.
LEFT TO RIGHT: Justin Tomlin on guitar and vocals, Mike Andes on mandolin and vocals, Chris Sexton on fiddle, Mitchell Davis on banjo and Tony Shorter (not shown) on upright bass and vocals, members of Nothin’ Fancy, perform at Showker Hall in First Presbyterian Church on Tuesday evening.
Audience members applaud for music /comedy duo Glick and Phillips at Showker Hall in First Presbyterian Church for First Night.
Steve Phillips (left) and John Glick, the members of the comic duo, perform a song about the Rockingham Memorial Hospital /Sentara Healthcare merger sung to the tune of “They Call the Wind Maria,” from the musical “Paint Your Wagon,” on Tuesday.

HARRISONBURG — For Claire deBrun and her family, First Night was more than just a celebration to ring in the new year. It was a homecoming party, too.

The 64-year-old deBrun and her husband,...



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