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Catamount Arts announced Thursday after a conversation with representatives from local healthcare organizations that First Night North will not proceed as planned. Executive Director Jody Fried spoke with officials from Northern Counties Health Care and Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, and while hearts were heavy, the decision was unanimous and unambiguous. Live in-person performances of this scale are not safe at this time.

“The omicron variant is so contagious and is moving so quickly,” says Fried, “that we need to act with an abundance of caution. In the case of First Night, that means cancelling the in-person event and exploring a last-minute pivot to a virtual alternative.”


Compassionate care in our home or yours. Northern Counties Health Care (NCHC) encompasses five community health centers, three dental centers, a walk-in primary care location, and a certified home health care & hospice division. We provide a full spectrum of quality, affordable, and compassionate health care services to patients of all ages throughout the Northeast Kingdom. Learn more about our locations, services, and career opportunities at

Northern Counties is committed to improving the health of the entire community, and the arts are an essential way to foster joy, connection, and good health. The isolation imposed by the pandemic offered a compelling demonstration of how much connection matters. We are proud to be a sponsor of Catamount Arts, and of First Night North, because it offers an excellent opportunity to create joy, community, and better health.

Community National Bank, Vermont’s Community Bank, has been helping Vermonters build their homes, businesses, and dreams since 1851. Community National Bank offers a complete line of in-person and electronic services to accommodate the needs of businesses and consumers. Community National Bank is proud to be a supporting partner of Catamount Arts and their endeavors to enrich our lives with the arts. To learn more about Community National Bank please visit

When you need crane services that rise above the competition, trust a company that has years of experience in the industry. Classen’s Crane Service, LLC in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, provides professional crane services, rigging, and trucking services to meet the needs of your project. On New Year’s Eve, you’ll see the First Night North ball of lights hanging from a crane generously provided by Classen’s!

Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital is located in St. Johnsbury in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. We are a community, not-for-profit, acute care, critical access hospital. NVRH is one of two Vermont hospitals designated as Baby FriendlyTM by the United Nations. The organization provides primary and preventive care, surgical and specialty services, inpatient and outpatient care and 24-hour, physician-staffed emergency services. Aligned with community partners, NVRH values and invests in efforts to address social conditions to create communities that are well-nourished, well-housed, physically healthy, mentally healthy, and financially secure. NVRH serves the health needs for over 30,000 people in Caledonia and Southern Essex Counties in Vermont and employs nearly 700 dedicated staff.

Passumpsic Bank is a community bank, 11 branches strong, proudly serving the Northeast Kingdom, Central Vermont and New Hampshire’s North Country. As a full-service financial organization, we pride ourselves on offering the products, services and financial expertise necessary to help individuals, families and businesses in all of the communities we serve to
achieve their goals. We offer everything the big banks do, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find an organization that exemplifies “community banking” more than Team Passumpsic.

Passumpsic Bank is a prominent supporter of charities and projects within our communities because giving back makes our communities stronger. We are a proud supporter of the Arts with a long-standing partnership with Catamount Arts. Please visit our website at:

St. Johnsbury Academy, founded in 1842, is well known for its academics, diversity, and strong sense of community. We combine the resources, facilities, and curriculum of the world’s leading independent schools with the personal support and attention of the best small boarding schools, to create a diverse, educational community.

At St. Johnsbury Academy, we believe in young people, and in what is possible when they are supported in becoming the best people, best learners, and best community members and citizens they can be. We care about their character, about their ability to seek truth and be motivated to learn, and about how they will engage positively with the world, both within and beyond our community.

As part of our dedication to our community, St. Johnsbury Academy is proud to support First Night North and to welcome community members to our campus each year.

VSECU is a member-owned cooperative and not for profit credit union for everybody who lives or works in Vermont, offering a full range of affordable financial products and services. We are committed to improving the lives of Vermonters by empowering the possibilities for greater social, environmental, and financial prosperity. As part of our mission, we sponsor events like First Night to support the local artists and organizations—like Catamount Arts—that help bring us together and strengthen our sense of community. For more information about VSECU, visit


Dufresne Group is a consulting civil engineering firm providing services to municipal and private clients throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. We are based in Springfield Vermont with three regional offices.

Front Porch Forum’s mission is to help neighbors connect and build community. We do that by hosting regional networks of online neighborhood forums. Common sense and a growing body of research tell us that well-connected neighborhoods are friendlier places to live, with less crime, healthier residents, higher property values, and better service from local government and public utilities. Organizing a group yard sale, advertising a local concert, mentoring a local kid, volunteering for a park clean-up, voting on election day, etc. That’s what FPF is all about!

H2O Innovation is a complete water solutions company focused on providing best-in-class technologies and services to our customers. Our activities rely on three pillars: i) Water Technologies & Services (WTS) applies membrane technologies and engineering expertise to deliver equipment and services to municipal and industrial water, wastewater, and water reuse customers, ii) Specialty Products (SP) is a set of businesses that manufacture and supply a complete line of specialty chemicals, consumables and engineered products for the global water treatment industry, and iii) Operations & Maintenance (O&M) provides contract operations and associated services for water and wastewater treatment systems. Through innovation, we strive to simplify water

H2O Innovation is proud to be a long time sponsor of First Night and even prouder to be a part of the St. Johnsbury community! For over a decade the area has trusted us with their water and for that, we are beyond grateful. Thank you, St. Johnsbury, Barton, Cabot, Danville, Island Pond, Johnson, Lyndon, Lunenburg, Marshfield, Morrisville and the New Hampshire communities of Claremont, Lincoln, Lisbon, Littleton, Whitefield and Woodsville.

Happy New Year and here’s to a bright future in 2022!

Happy New Year From Your Local Real Estate Experts!

We are a full-service agency meeting the needs of buyers and sellers every day. Located in Lyndonville, Vermont and servicing the entire Northeast Kingdom. | 802.626.4790

It’s official: as of July 1, VPR and Vermont PBS are a unified public media organization. This marks the beginning of our new life together! Over the last 50 years, VPR and Vermont PBS’ audiences and members have helped create two of the strongest statewide public media organizations in America. Together, we will build on that foundation of trusted information, high-quality education, and thoughtful programming to build the future of public media in Vermont. Thank you for your continued support.


Wells River Chevrolet continues its long-standing support of the arts because we believe they are vital to our community economically, educationally and culturally.

We are locally owned, locally focused and conveniently located on Route 302 in Wells River Village just minutes from Exit 17 on Interstate-91.

Complete customer satisfaction is our #1 goal and an open and exceptionally friendly approach is our method as we sell new and pre-owned Chevrolet and other brand vehicles at rock-bottom prices.

Every employee from our Sales Department to our Parts Department to our Service Department and our Reconditioning Department has been carefully selected for their commitment to excellence and to a simple and transparent sales and service process.

We also try to be the best neighbors we can on the lot and in the community as we continue an 80 year tradition and proud heritage of service and support for the arts, youth programs and other community events such as First Night.

Wells River Chevrolet: Where People Are Important.


Our Lyndonville office is located in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom, a place known for its breathtaking scenery and diverse recreational opportunities. Our dedicated team of experts is here for all your insurance needs.

Denis, Ricker & Brown in Lyndonville has been in operation for over 80 years. We are one of two Denis, Ricker & Brown offices throughout Central and Northeastern Vermont. Our service area includes many towns in Caledonia, Orleans, and Essex counties, as well as upstate New Hampshire. Our agency has been a member of the Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group since 2000. Our company specializes in Property and Casualty Insurance and can cover all of your Business and Personal Home & Auto Insurance needs.

To get a quote please feel free to call us or fill out an application online. We look forward to working with you!

Kingdom Taproom is the product of the daydreams and hard work of a group of friends; a mixture of natives and flatlanders, who now all consider themselves locals. We share a common passion for good food, drink and company and a common vision of a vibrant downtown St. Johnsbury.

We strive to have a small, simple menu that showcases the very best our region and state has to offer. This applies to our food, beer and spirits. Vermont, and especially The Northeast Kingdom, is populated by some incredibly eclectic, diverse and talented people. This is especially true of our farmers, brewers, distillers and cheese makers. Wherever and whenever possible we will showcase their talents and their wares. Much of what you will drink and eat at the Taproom is fresh, local and made in extremely small quantities. We hope that you will appreciate it as much as we do.

We seek to have a social and economic impact on downtown St. Johnsbury and our entire region. Our goal is to make the Kingdom Taproom a social hub. We want you to view it as an extension of your home; a comfortable place to sit, relax, meet with friends and make new ones. Our existence is a small step towards reclaiming and revitalizing our downtown and making it a destination for locals and travelers alike.

We hope that you find the Taproom welcoming and comfortable. If you have any suggestions, please ask around for an owner. You will be able to find at least one of us around at almost anytime we are open.

Since 1981, New Hampshire Public Radio has shaped the media landscape in the Granite State and beyond. Our mission is “Expanding minds, sparking connections, building stronger communities.” NHPR is broadcast from 14 different sites, making it by far New Hampshire’s largest (and only) statewide radio news service. Every week, NHPR is the choice of 144,500 listeners as a primary source of in-depth and intelligent news coverage and enlightening programming. Thousands more view, follow our social media sites, stream our service online, or listen to our podcasts. Each day, New Hampshire Public Radio delivers several hours of local news reported by its award-winning news team. Locally produced programs and podcasts include The Folk Show, Outside/In, and Civics 101, among others. NHPR is the exclusive outlet for NPR News in the Granite State and broadcasts national weekly programs such as The Moth Radio Hour, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, and This American Life. Visit to access our news and information.


The Christmas Revels, one of the region’s most unique and popular holiday traditions since 1975, returns like you have never seen it before. Each day of The Christmas Revels Festival will include a free outdoor production in the heart of Lebanon at Colburn Park, which will include many of the songs, dances, and themes audiences have come to expect from The Christmas Revels year after year. Along with the outdoor event, that weekend we will offer five reduced-capacity ticketed performances inside Lebanon Opera House by three different musical acts sure to delight our audiences. The Christmas Revels Festival will be both familiar and surprising, safe and entertaining, and a long-awaited opportunity to gather the community in celebration of the winter solstice. We invite you to join us!

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St. Johnsbury Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change. Together, we see a world where people unite to make a difference – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. In St. Johnsbury, our members come from a variety of backgrounds and are dedicated to service above self. We support local youth programs, food security, literacy, and more – as well as global projects like eradicating polio. Learn more at

Our club happily supports activities that bring people together and the arts are a fun and effective way to create a vibrant and connected community.

The St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce stimulates and promotes the vitality of St. Johnsbury’s cultural, commercial, and community resources through regional marketing, business support, community events, and downtown economic development. We support First Night North because our beautiful downtown looks best when full to the brim with people, live performances, and community connection.

Since its founding in 1891, Union Bank has made banking a little bit easier and more convenient for you by investing in the success of its local community — your community. Headquartered in Morrisville, VT, Union Bank is a full-service bank, with 18 branches and three loan centers located throughout northern Vermont and northern New Hampshire. Union Bank has earned an outstanding reputation for residential lending programs and is an SBA Preferred Lender and has received an “Outstanding” rating by the FDIC for our Community Reinvestment efforts. We have also been named a VHFA “Top Performer” and USDA “Vermont Lender of the Year.” We are proud to be a supporter of Catamount Arts First Night as well as other fantastic community-oriented endeavors in the NEK and in all the communities we serve. To learn more, go to


Safe and reliable transportation is an important part of everyday life. Whether you need a school bus company to safely take your students to and from school every day, or reliable transportation for your event, you can trust us to meet your needs – we have you, your students, and your guests’ best interests in mind. Based in Manchester NH, Butler’s Bus Service currently owns and operates a fleet of over 301 buses and provides professional bus charter and school bus services in North Haverhill, Milford, and Center Barnstead, NH, as well as in Orleans, Lyndonville, and White River Junction, VT. Each location is fully staffed to provide full maintenance services, dispatching, driver development, and on-site management for our customers.

At CALEX, we value all of our patients and put your needs first. We are committed to providing compassionate, responsive and state-of-the art pre-hospital care. Combining decades of experience, quality people and a keen focus on patient satisfaction and care, our goal is to exceed your expectations in every interaction you have with us. CALEX stands ready to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year — and we’re even on-site on New Year’s Eve at First Night! We provide emergency pre-hospital care, assist with hospital-to-hospital transfers, and also offer a host of community education classes such as CPR and First Aid.

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Downs Rachlin Martin attorneys provide innovative legal services that deliver unparalleled value to help our clients accomplish great things and better our communities.

We are proud to be one of the largest packers of Pure Maple Syrup and one of the best-selling lines of Specialty Dressings in the USA. Call ahead for hours: 802-748-5141 ext. 5574

Moose River Lake & Lodge Store was founded in 1998 by Bob and Annie Hoffman, who had a vision of rustic elegance and a motto to “Let the Outside In.” In 2008, Fred and Robin Little purchased Moose River and never straying from Bob and Annie’s original vision, have created a shopping experience you won’t find anywhere else. Our motto is “We won’t sell anything we wouldn’t buy ourselves.” From moose heads to muscadet, Fred and Robin strive to find the unusual and the unusually wonderful, functional, and fascinating. We search for the best artisans and fashion designers, a wine selection you won’t find at the grocery store, and, of course, taxidermy… of course!

NFP is a leading insurance broker and consultant providing specialized property and casualty, corporate benefits, retirement and individual solutions. We enable client success through the expertise of our professionals across the globe, investments in innovative technologies, and enduring relationships with highly rated insurers, vendors and financial institutions. Learn more about who we are and key elements of our organization.

Located in the heart of St. Johnsbury, the health professionals at North Country Chiropractic of St. Johnsbury are dedicated to helping you achieve your wellness objectives — combining skill and expertise that spans the entire chiropractic wellness spectrum. Experience the lasting pain relief you want with care from Dr. Thomas Turek and Dr. Travis Howard. At North Country Chiropractic we believe in an integrated team approach to healthcare for the benefit of our patients. We work closely with local medical physicians and refer out without reservation when a patient needs a multidisciplinary treatment regimen. Over the past 38 years, we are proud to say that North Country Chiropractic has become a reliable referral source for local medical professionals faced with difficult or challenging neuro-musculoskeletal cases; many of our new patients come from referrals from local medical professionals. Patients seeking treatment at North Country Chiropractic are assured of receiving only the finest quality care through the use of modern chiropractic equipment and technology. Our doctors and staff have a genuine concern for your well-being! Visit our family chiropractors in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, for gentle yet effective chiropractic care.

The Northeast Kingdom Classical series is an independent nonprofit organization that presents four chamber music concerts each season in a space acoustically perfect for chamber music. We feature world-class string quartets, piano trios, wind ensembles, duos, solo artists, and more.

The Series engages musicians who are at different stages of their careers—those just starting out as well as seasoned masters. Our concerts reflect the wide range of music styles and eras, from Baroque, Classical, and Romantic to Modern and Contemporary, and feature chamber music’s most-loved pieces as well as lesser-known works that deserve to be heard. During the performances, held at South Church Hall in St. Johnsbury, the connection between the musicians and the audience is remarkable, as the space fosters the intimacy that is best for chamber music.

The Series is run by dedicated volunteers who believe that fine music should be accessible to everyone—and to the delight of music lovers from the region and beyond, we present national and international artists at the highest level of performance while keeping ticket prices affordable..


Thanks to the following individuals who have made donations or have purchased Sponsor Buttons!

Neal Brodien
Brian Henderson
Mitchell & Delphine Sullivan
Bob & Pat Swartz
Linda Wacholder
Jay and Nancy Sprout
Richard and Catherine Brown

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