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FIRST NIGHT® Oil City 2020

The First Night® Oil City 2020 Celebration, proudly orchestrated by the Oil City Arts Council, will take place on Tuesday, December 31, beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The theme of this year’s popular, non-alcoholic, family-friendly New Year’s event in Oil City is “Woodstock.”

Admission to entertainment venues requires the purchase of a button for $10. With the purchase of a button, you will receive a ticket that can be entered into a basket raffle, and a mini-flashlight. Buttons will be available for purchase at the Oil City Library, Spilling the Beans, Transit Art Gallery & Gifts, Karma Coffee, and the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce prior to New Year’s Eve, but only at Spilling the Beans (southside) and the Transit Fine Arts Gallery (northside) on December 31. 

This year’s performers include: Max Schang, Smokin’ Section, Dennis Geib, The Syndicate, Uptown Rhythm and Brass, Ron Yarman, Samantha Sears, Erie Ice Works ice sculpture, Cliff Hopkins magician/illusionist and J’s Sound and Light laser show.

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This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s December 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.


First Night® OFirst Night 2019il City has finalized plans for this New Year’s Eve on December 31 from 5:30 – 11 p.m.  This fun-filled, family-oriented, non-alcoholic celebration will present an Art and Technology theme, showcasing the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Activities will include hat making, crafts, Cool Night Light People procession, fireworks, a drum circle, and an outdoor laser light show to end the evening. The event will also feature a wide range of entertainers; from clowns to musicians, to ice sculptors. Grab a program booklet for details on all events and times.aztec

Buttons must be purchased and worn by attendees entering any performance venue. Children 5 and under will be admitted free of charge. Prior to Christmas, buttons will be $8. After that, the price will increase to $10 and  special light-up buttons will be $15.

Buttons will be sold at: Venango Area Chamber of Commerce, Karma Coffee Company, Transit Arts Gallery, Oil City Library, and Spilling the Beans Coffee House. On New Year’s Eve, buttons will only be available after 5 p.m. at Spilling the Beans and Karma Coffee Company. Program booklets are available at sites where buttons are sold. For additional info, follow on Facebook or visit

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Special thanks to First Night Committee members including: George Cooley, Jeff Corbett, Dan Feroz, Charlotte LaVerde, Martha LaVerde-Heise, Lynn Pacior-Malys, Bill and Robin Moon, Ron Shoup, and Susan Williams.


This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s December 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

FIRST NIGHT® OIL CITY 2018 Celebrating 20 Years … A Sneak Preview!

Picture4As the 20th Anniversary of First Night® Oil City approaches, the planning committee has finalized plans for a truly gala anniversary event for New Year’s Eve on December 31st.  Beginning in 1997, this family-oriented, non-alcoholic celebration showcases performing groups from among the 224 uniquely groups that have performed at least once in prior years.

Entertainers this year include:  RPR Band (former members of Tanglefoot, Canadian roots); Cahal Dunne (Ireland’s piano man); Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin impersonators; Mitch Littler (blues via vocals and playing multiple instruments); The Butler Clowns (humor, magic, skits, balloons, and music); Captain Magic (magician); Carol Weakland (actress, author and story-teller who brings literary classics to life); Neil Jacobs (12-string guitarist); Asleigh Bennett (vocals, keyboard and ukulele); and, Bill Sandusky (Erie Ice Works ice sculpture).

Performers joining for the first time include: Echo Valley Bluegrass Band, (a Western Pennsylvania family band comprised of seven siblings); Porcelain Bus Drivers (dance band that plays everything, from rock to country, rap, modern, 60’s through today); the Porter/Huber Jazz Quartet featuring area instrumental jazz musicians Nelson Porter, Bill Huber, Jr., Preston Huber and Patrick Huber; and, Gary Auerbach (a World Freestyle Frisbee Champion).

Other First Night events will include two fireworks displays (large display – 7 p.m. and send-off burst – Midnight); a Cool Night Light People’s Procession, hat-making, craft-making; outdoor bonfires; a drum circle; and, having your photo taken with a beautiful ice sculpture.

An admittance button must be purchased and worn by attendees prior to entering any performance venue.  Regular buttons cost $10 and jazzed up “blinky” buttons cost $15.  If purchased prior to Christmas, regular buttons will be sold at a reduced price of $8 each.  Children ages 5 and under, accompanied by an adult, will be admitted at no charge.  Buttons are available at the following locations: Venango Area Chamber of Commerce; Days Inn; Karma Coffee; Transit Arts Gallery; The Sleep Shoppe; Oil City Library; and Spilling the Beans Coffee House. On New Year’s Eve, buttons will only be available after 5 p.m., at Spilling the Beans, Karma Coffee, and the National Transit Building.

Please join us for an evening of family fun, fireworks, fanfare, children’s events, and stellar entertainment brought by the Oil City Arts Council and many wonderful sponsors. Three vans will be available for transporting First Night revelers about town throughout the evening.

A complete overview of all Oil City First Night events and performance locations will be published in Good Times in an issue after the Christmas Holiday.  For additional First Night information, please contact Susan Williams at the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce at: or follow First Night Oil City on Facebook.  Also, a new Snapchat & Twitter experience will be a part of the fun this year.