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Hundreds Turn Out for First 'First Night Vienna' on New Year's Eve

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Singer-songwriter Camille Thornton performs to a packed house at Caffe Amouri Tuesday night at First Night Vienna. Photo by Mary Ann Barton
Singer-songwriter Camille Thornton performs to a packed house at Caffe Amouri Tuesday night at First Night Vienna. Photo by Mary Ann Barton
Vienna's very first "First Night Vienna" New Year's Eve celebration was a big success Tuesday night with hundreds of residents enjoying music, food and fun.

The special evening was presented by the Vienna Business Association and the Town of Vienna Tuesday night from 7 p.m. to midnight on the town's picturesque Church Street.

Temperatures were chilly, in the 30s, but there was a clear sky. Volunteers and police were out in force, musicians sang and played and food trucks doled out everything from burgers to quesadillas.

Patrons enjoyed free popcorn, hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows and warmed themselves at bonfires and space warmers. Kids enjoyed a moon bounce, games and children's entertainers at the Main Tent.

Caffe Amouri was packed with people enjoying lattes and musical performances, with Camille Thornton of McLean kicking off the evening, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar. Outside it was chilly but many patrons warmed up near bonfires placed here and there with volunteers standing by with marshmallows and plenty of wood for the fire.

Patrons made their way down Church Street stopping at food trucks, the Main Tent, the Freeman House, Concord Lodge and Vienna Presbyterian Church Chapel, where activities and entertainers made for a special evening.

Did you go to First Night Vienna? What did you like most?


John Smith January 01, 2014 at 02:45 PM
Always the nit picker: one photo caption talks about families lining up to tour the Red Caboose Gallery. I could be mistaken, but I believe the red caboose railroad car and the Red Caboose Gallery are different. The families in the photo were lining up to tour the red caboose.
Mary Ann Barton (Editor) January 01, 2014 at 03:26 PM
Fixed! Thanks John
Michael Amouri January 01, 2014 at 10:36 PM
Thanks for the wonderful story. One point though; I was there beginning to end and we estimate the crowd as 3 to 4 thousand throughout the evening. It was a huge success thanks to the Vienna Business Association.
Nancy J. Olds January 02, 2014 at 12:31 AM
It was a great First Night Vienna! The entertainment was fabulous! We managed to see and hear Silver City and Scott Butler at the Vienna Presbyterian Chapel. Very enjoyable acoustical music! We were trying to make our way into the Concord Lodge, but it was so crowded! We finally got the treat of our lives when Linwood Taylor, Cathy Ponton King and the band were rocking the blues at the Concord Lodge! All Washington, D.C. legends! Absolutely a first rate evening!

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