The “Fabric of Community” project is a collaborative project with Catamount Arts, the St. J Community HUB, and Chrysalis Creative where community members will make fabric garlands out of recycled fabric — donated by other community members! The fabric strips will have intentions or well wishes for the new year written on them.
There will be many opportunities for community members to write their intentions on fabric strips ahead of time, or on the evening of NYE. The team is working with multiple schools, the St. J HUB, and also St. J Sparkles to get strips filled out ahead of time, and we’ll plan to have some fabric at the Family Fun Fair, at karaoke, and at the ticketing tables on NYE so folks can add theirs on the night of First Night.
Winter Garden – First Night North 2023
In December 2022, pedestrians and motorists on Main Street in St. Johnsbury enjoyed a beautiful installation on New Year’s Eve. Area school children and community members of all ages painted large flowers on upcycled vinyl banners donated by Catamount Arts. The banners were hung on the fence, owned by Rural Edge, running along Main Street.
The project, titled Winter Garden, was developed in partnership among First Night North, the St. Johnsbury Hub, St. J Sparkles, and Discover St. Johnsbury, aimed to engage people by having the colorful mural of flowers. The flowers were also outlined with glow-in-the-dark paint to illuminate the mural after dark.
From First Night North 2022
Over 300 Treat Community to Light Remedy for New Year
In December 2021, Pedestrians and motorists on Main Street in St. Johnsbury enjoyed a bright and beautiful installation on New Year’s Eve. Hundreds of area school children decorated fabric lanterns with themes of good intentions, hopes, and wishes for a happy new year. The lanterns were hung on the fence, owned by Rural Edge, running along Main Street.
The project, titled Light Remedy, was developed in partnership among First Night North, NEK Collaborative’s St. J Hub, St. J Sparkles, and the St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce, aimed to engage people in helping to alleviate symptoms of isolation and depression associated with low light at this time of year. Light Remedy was generously funded by a Northeast Kingdom Fund grant courtesy of the Vermont Community Foundation.
Use the links below to navigate the First Night site.