PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia wraps up 2010

Friday, December 31, 2010 | 8:17 p.m. CST; updated 1:03 p.m. CDT, Saturday, March 30, 2013
Isabella McGarity, 6, breaks it down at the Videology dance party at City Hall during the First Night festivities on Friday. "She's serious when she's dancing," Tim McGarity, Isabella's father, said. Videology was started by Daryle Bascom of Columbia several years ago and is typically reserved for night clubs around town, but Bascom made a "kid-friendly" dance mix for First Night.

COLUMBIA — Despite warm afternoon temperatures, families bundled up to attend this year's First Night festivities.

“The weather is going to be beneficial for us this year,” Mary Martin, site manager for  Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts , said. “It’s cool, but it’s been bone chilling cold before.”

Erin Carrillo and Courtney Deters, both who work for the Parks and Recreation Department, volunteered at First Night. Deters agreed that weather didn't hurt the celebration.

“People still come despite the weather,” Deters said.

Deters and Carrillo helped kids make crowns, noise makers, masks and decorate buttons in Calvary Episcopal Church. The Parks and Recreation Department has hosted children’s activities for many years during First Night, Carrillo said.

“Every year, seeing the kids smiling faces makes the job worth it,” Carrillo said.

Devona Walker enjoyed watching her son hula-hoop and try on hats from Maude Vintage in Missouri United Methodist Church.

“We were going to walk around downtown and get frozen yogurt before going back to our place for the kids to have a little party,” she said of their evening plans.

Across the room, Janice and Joe Wieneman watched their daughter Holly get a hula-hooping lesson from a member of the St. Louis Hoop Club.

“It’s our first time at First Night, and we wanted to see the hula-hoopers because (Holly) likes to hula-hoop,” Janice Wieneman said.

Janice and Holly Wieneman were also there to watch Joe perform on the mandolin in the Ironweed Bluegrass Band.

The Wienemans traveled to Columbia from Eldon for the festivities and hope come back next year.

“Holly clogs, so maybe we’ll bring the cloggers next year,” Janice Wieneman said. Holly enthusiastically agreed.

“I can bring my friends,” she said.

Families and children were not the only ones enjoying First Night.

International student Annie Liao from Taiwan attended the celebration for the first time.

“It’s been pretty fun so far,” Liao said. ”I’ve really enjoyed the shows.”

A Columbia resident Maggie Yoest has attended the festival numerous times.

“I like the local talent — especially the music,” Yoest said.

Yoest and her husband enjoyed Sean Hennessy’s jazz guitar at Columbia Art League Gallery before heading over to the performances at Missouri United Methodist Church.

This year was the first time Columbia's First Night celebration didn't include Stephens College, which meant all activities were within four blocks, Martin said.

“People may move from venue to venue because it’s all downtown,” Martin said.

Dan Neuharth, one of the volunteers stationed at downtown Calvary Episcopal Church, was excited to welcome people to the event.

“I just wanted to do something other than party or sit at home,” Neuharth said.


Magician Jade Tjin from California amazed the audience with “snowflakes” at Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts during First Night activities.
Surka Noeooe from the St. Louis Hoop Club welcomes the audience with an LED hula hoop on the balcony of the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts for First Night.
Jade Tjin from California performs Chinese magic rings as part of her First Night performance.
Alexis Doebelin, 4, gets festive with accessories from Maude Vintage on Friday at Missouri United Methodist Church. Adrienne Doebelin, mother of Alexis, watched her daughters play dress up in the church’s lobby. “I enjoy all of the shows and the fun,” Doebelin said. “I also like the children’s fireworks.”
Spike Bones performs at City Hall for First Night's "Alternative Fitness Fun" event for families on Friday. Bones has been performing and playing the 19th-century-instrument "bones" for more than 30 years. "First, I looked for an art skill ,and then I saw an old man playing the bones," Bones said. "And I said, 'That's for me.'" Bones has been participating in Columbia's First Night festivities for about 10 years.
First Night patrons exit City Hall as the fire alarms go off inside because of fog from the Videology dance room on Friday. Events being held inside were put on hold until the fire alarm could be turned off.
First Night 5K runners make their way down Sixth Street at the beginning of the race on Friday. Runners were surprised by the nice weather during the race.
Archer Fried-Socarides waits for his mother, Alex Socarides, to cross the finish line during the First Night 5K on Friday.
Magnus Holmstrom of Jefferson City placed first in the First Night 5K with a time of 15:44.8 on Friday afternoon.
Time chips are removed from the runners' shoes after they finished the 5K on Friday.
Gary Laforce, left, and Don Moore, right, begin sound checks at the Missouri United Methodist Church on Ninth Street in preparation for the First Night events on Friday. Laforce and Moore work for Nelson Audio, which is managing all of the lights and sound for the New Years Eve celebration.

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Yves Montclear January 1, 2011 | 10:31 a.m.

Looks like a good time had by all.

Thanks for sharing the pictures.

It does look cold there, though. But at least no snow on the ground.

My nieces and nephews drove down to Florida for Christmas from Columbia this year, and they sure had one dirty car when they got here! Cinders and road sludge all over it. I directed them to the local car wash.

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