The traditional New Year’s song asks “should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne?” (i.e.. the good old days). Well, I’ll never forget a “good old day” that I experienced last year, on December 31 to be exact. Since I was fortunate enough to be in Arkansas for the holidays, I figured I’d check out the debut of “Last Night Fayetteville”, a new celebration of community arts taking place on the Fayetteville Square to honor the outgoing year and welcome the incoming one. Turns out, it was such a big success that it is returning again this year!
The events begin at 6:00 PM and end around 2:00 AM. Seven different indoor venues around Fayetteville Square will be presenting a wide variety of entertainment, including folk and jazz bands, comedians, dancers, shows and activities for the young ones, and improv (which is usually a lot of fun!). There promises to be something exciting and fun for revelers of all ages. (Well, except for the Blossom Burlesque Dance Troupe…I'd keep the kids away from that one!)
If you are a fan of theater like I am, you won’t want to miss Artist’s Laboratory Theatre’s production of “Found Fayetteville,” a show created with things like Craigslist ads, love letters, city meeting transcripts, etc.—all found in Fayetteville. The show sold out last year and is sure to be a hit again this year. And if that wasn’t enough, a local beer garden will be on hand showcasing some of the area’s best brews, and a fashion gallery will be featuring the work of local designers.
You definitely do not want to miss the Giant Puppet Parade around the Square. It was a huge hit last year, and I’m sure it will be an even bigger event this year. And as the old year waned, we welcomed in the New Year with the Hog Drop Countdown to Midnight! That’s right, you’ll get the chance to count in the New Year to a falling pig…a lot more interesting than your typical sparkling ball dropping, wouldn’t you say?
And like last year, the celebration will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display presented by Cox Communications.
So, if you happen to be in the area and you’re looking for a great way to ring in the New Year, why not go all out and be a part of Arkansas’ largest New Year’s Eve celebration, “Last Night Fayetteville”! It’ll be one of the auld lang synes you’ll never forget!