Join us at Midnight for the Grand Illumination at the Old Fauquier Courthouse
In this time-honored tradition, we’ll end the evening with a candlelight gathering at the Fauquier courthouse to welcome in the new year.
Performances at the sites will end between 11:30 and 11:45 PM so that First Night guests can gather at the courthouse in a candlelight assembly of musicians, friends and neighbors. As the courthouse bell chimes in the New Year, we’ll enjoy sing-alongs and special musical serenades.
First Night Warrenton Performer Descriptions 2017
Allegro Community School of the Arts Instructors & Students
Enjoy a musical variety show performed by Scott & Kathy Tester, Allegro Youth Orchestra Instructors and students. Music will range from contemporary vocal music through folk instrumental pieces.
Bingo Animal Show
Clown Carol Collins and her animal sidekicks; an African Hedgehog, hamsters racing in cars and a tiny performing dog. Lots of comedy and audience participation
Blue Ridge Barbershoppers
For 31 years the Blue Ridge Barbershoppers have been entertaining Warrenton audiences with four-partacapella. The chorus tunes each chord to "ring" with the surprising resonances of classic barbershop harmony.
Blue Sky Puppets
Presenting “Three Not So Little Pigs,” a puppet show where sibling rivalry and cooperation are explored in this funny tale of the famous pigs.
Bud's Collective is a cutting edge group of super pickers from the hills of West Virginia. While their music reflects roots firmly planted in Bluegrass tradition, they do not hesitate to add to it in ways all their own. The band features Buddy Dunlap guitar and lead vocals, Cody Brown on bass, and Jack Dunlap on mandolin.
Michael Chamberlin- Close Encounters with Magic!
Master magician Michael Chamberlin returns with a startling & hilarious show featuring his trademark audience participation routines including the startling Vanishing Head Illusion!
Dance Party at Allegro
Come shake it off at our First Night Dance party! (still coordinated by the teen committee).
Dave Vanderveer- Fearless Dave
Dave presents unicycle tricks, bull-whip artistry, and chainsaw juggling with high-spirited humor.
Melissa Weaver Dunning
A capella songs and ballads from Irish, Scots, English and American traditions; clear and vibrant unaccompanied singing, and a few tunes on the English concertina.
In a celebration of dance for all ages, the Excell Dancers present an inspiring collection of original choreography in Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Jazz styles.
The Free State Ramblers
This old-time traditional family string band is a long time Fauquier treasure. The band features Skip Ashby on fiddle, Richard Ashby on guitar, and Jason Ashby on banjo.
Theatre Cabaret singers return to Allegro recapping of their successful Christmas on Main Show. Enjoy a variety of music from these local musicians. Hot coffee, hot cocoa and popcorn available all evening for a donation to the Allegro CSA scholarship fund.
Daniel Glenn and Friends
A graduate of Allegro CSA Daniel is a 20 year old classical guitarist who has been playing for more than 12 years. This incredible local talent will be joined by Hannah Hoisington on piano and other local musicians.
A fun introduction to American folk music and instruments with guitars, banjos, ukuleles, and dulcimers. Traditional songs sure to delight kids and their kin of all ages.
Kinda Celtic embraces the rich tapestry of songs of love, life and death from the Celtic nations and Appalachian America with both subtle interpretations and bold arrangements
McLaughlin the Magician
A popular First Night favorite; mystery, magic and delight for all ages; a series of illusions by Master Magician, John McLaughlin.
Brendan Mulvihill & Friends
Lively and beautiful traditional Irish music from Master Irish Fiddler Brendan Mulvihill, joined by singer/songwriter Nina Gibson and traditional dancer Shannon Dunne.
Pan Masters- Caribbean Steel Drum Fest
The popular Pan Masters Steel Orchestra thrills audiences with exotic island instruments, great music and dancing. Their eclectic repertoire ranges from traditional island calypso, reggae and soca to the band's interpretations of Jay-Z, Prince, Stevie Wonder, the Beatles, J.S. Bach and more.
This acoustic punk rock band features Dylan Pierce, the guitarist from Route-29.
This alternative, pop-punk band includes Jansen Beals on lead vocals and piano, Dylan Pierce on guitar and backing vocals, Asher Hurt on bass, and Brian Pierce on drums.
Early European Music from this local a capella trio featuring: Linda Conti, Melissa Weaver Dunning, and Maggie Siner.
Bob Swift is a music conservatory graduate with over 40 years success as recitalist and private instructor in voice, pipe organ, harpsichord, and piano.
The Tristan Cooper Comedy Show
The show where everything's made up and the points don't matter! Come enjoy local improvisational actors participate in classic games and let hilarity ensue. Hosted by local actor Tristan Cooper, competitions will include Props, Scenes from a Hat, Party Quirks and more!
Bill Wellington presents Radio WOOF
This delightful storyteller, folk musician, songwriter, and dance caller has entertained audiences throughout America for over 25 years. Radio WOOF celebrates folklore with lively banjo music, funny folk songs, fancy fiddling, and fantastic storytelling.
Educational and entertaining presentation of live and exotic animals with insights into their lives, habits, and habitats.
Harmon’s Hayrides will be offering hayrides up and down Main Street. Hayrides begin and end at the BB&T Bank and are $1 per person. A fun way to see the town!
First Night Photo Booth
Get out your cameras and snap your selfie or group shot at our photo booth in front of the post office. Lots of New Year’s themed props to use. Share your pictures on social media using #firstnightwarrenton
Face painting and Caricatures at the Post Office
Stop by the Post Office to get your face painted or a caricature of yourself drawn for a small fee. Fun for the whole family!
Refreshments, Hospitality available at:
Warrenton Bible Fellowship Hall, Deja Brew Café, Allegro Cellar Door, and Great Harvest Bread Company. Our Savior Lutheran Church will be selling refreshments on Main St. all proceeds benefit their work in the community. Ask your friendly volunteers for more details.