Six hours of continuous family fun and entertainment rocks Rockport from 6 p.m. Friday on through the night — culminating in a magical, memorable midnight celebration of the New Year.
6 to 6:45 and 7 to 7:45 p.m. — World puppetry with Dora Teven, founder and director of the Ethnic Arts Center, who presents folktales and legends.
8 to 8:45 and 9 to 9:45 p.m. — Magician Eddie Gardner casts spells and works his smoke and mirrors in his 14th annual Rockport Eve appearance.
10 to 10:45 and 11 to 11:45 p.m. — Overboard, Nicholas Gerard's Boston-based male a cappela group, works the contemporary pop repertoire that catapulted them from street performers to nationally recognized recording artists nominated for eight A Cappella Community Awards.
6 to 6:45 and 7 to 7:45 p.m. — Backwoods Ramblers perform harmony vocals with guitar, mandolin, banjo, and harmonica in a memorable blend of folk-rock, country, and bluegrass.
8 to 8:45 and 9 to 9:45 p.m. — Tom Eaton and Pick 3, a three-man music whirlwind of acoustic "pickers," belt out bluegrass, blues, country and Celtic in a lively, eclectic mix of music that's most recently won them a 12-show radio gig on NPR's "Says You.".
10 to 10:45 and 11 to 11:45 p.m. — Daisy Nell & Captain Stan with the Crabgrass Band bring New England's maritime history alive through traditional and contemporary songs of the sea.
6 to 6:45 and 7 to 7:45 p.m. — Bumbly & Jass Phinn, medieval and Renaissance traditional story-tellers, bring colorful characters and cultures alive.
8 to 8:45 and 9 to 9:45 p.m. — Tony & Nick Hilliard with Janet Ruth Young perform Irish, Celtic and folk songs of the sea that have won them a audience raves over the past 13 Rockport Eves.
10 to 10:45 and 11 to 11:45 p.m. — Three Sheets to the Wind, a Cape Ann chantey/sea music group out of Gloucester, roar up a storm of song and good cheer with power vocals and terrific harmonies.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH
6 to 6:45 and 7 to 7:45 p.m. — Singer-songwriter Brian King, and violinist, trumpeter, Nathan Cohen perform with "What Time is it, Mr. Fox?" — a band that's grown to include cello, upright bass, drums, singing saw, accordion, and 5 back-up singers.
8 to 8:45 and 9 to 9:45 p.m. — Michael O'Leary with Roaring Mary, a Celtic trio, perform Irish, Scottish and English songs and ballads.
10 to 10:45 p.m. — New Year's Eve Peace Service; a 14th annual community offering of music, readings and meditation.
ST. MARY'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
6 to 6:45 and 7 to 7:45 p.m. — Puppeteer Amy Seabrook, in her 14th annual Rockport Eve performance, delights audiences with a mysterious show for the uncontrollably curious.
8 to 8:45 and 9 to 9:45 p.m. — Acoustic duo Chick & Ellen present their old-time and newfangled country blues and folksy swing musical mix, including, of course, salty sea songs.
10 to 10:45 and 11 to 11:45 p.m. — Honky-Tonk Women of Gloucester take the stage with four-part harmony doo wop, '50s and '60s classic hits, a journey back to the kind of chart-busting songs of the females groups who powered up the stage back in rock's golden days.
ROCKPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY'S PEGGY BRENNER ROOM
6 to 6:45 and 7 to 7:45 p.m. — Hixville Swing Trio bring on the best of the '20s, '30s and '40s music with classic, standards, playful novelties.
8 to 8:45 and 9 to 9:45 p.m. — The Terrestrials perform from their wide-ranging repertoire of contemporary folk, pop, rock, rhythm and blues.
10 to 10:45 and 11 to 11:45 p.m. — Rockport's own guitar pickin' vocalist Karen Ristuben performs with a jazz quartet of smoky, sultry blues, and all that jazz from the best of the American Song Book.
Outside the library Entrance
6 to 10 p.m. — Free train rides through the streets of Rockport: Take the 'NYRE Express' just for the fun of it, seats 12 to 18 kids or adults.
All day (noon to midnight) — Button-buying headquarters (Adults, $15; Children 3 to 12, $6; under 3, free (no button needed); program pickup point for all events, venues and times.
5 to 11:30 p.m. — Gift Shop open; buy souvenirs, noise makers, raffles, novelties and admission buttons
6 to 11:30 p.m. — Coffee House downstairs for hungry hordes of revelers! Hot dogs, chowder, chili, snacks, popcorn, soda, tea hot chocolate, and plenty of steaming, hot coffee.
6 to 9 p.m. — 'Just For Fun Clowns' — Mr. Giggles and Buttons make animal balloons, paint faces, create fun for all ages.
6 to 11:30 p.m. — Psychic, tarot, past life and medium readings and more. For details, call 978-546-7169
6 to 6:45 and 7 to 7:45 p.m. — Irish Step Dancers presented by Sheila Bremer, founder and director of the Bremer School of Irish Dance, a T.C.R.G. (registered teacher of Irish Dance with An Coimisiun, Dublin, Ireland). For information, visit: www.bremerschool.com
8 to :45 p.m. — Set up time for BeatleTracks.
9 to 9:45, 10 to 10:45 and 11to 11:45 p.m. — BeatleTracks, a Beatle tribute band, performs authentic sound of Beatles live in concert.
6 to 6:45 and 7 to 7:45 p.m. — The Fabulous Bullock Brothers belt out Gospel. Led by the Rev. George Bullock, they have performed at First Night celebrations throughout New England, winning a House of Blues' "Living Legends Award."
8 to 8:45 and 9 to 9:45 p.m. — The Jolly Rogues sing the seafaring songs that have made this talented band of musicians and singers a favorite with salts of all ages.
10 to 10:45 and 11 to 11:45 p.m. — Sté§mbandet, a Scandinavian vocal ensemble of 13 singers, does a cappela and world music that's out of this world and winning critics' raves and accolades.
6 to 6:45 and 7 to 7:45 p.m. — Setup time for '60s Invasion
8 to 8:45, 9 to 9:45 p.m., 10 to 10:45 and 11 to 11:45 p.m. — 60s Invasionis back with four sets to rock you into the New Year. For more information, visit: www.sixtiesinvasion.com
OLD FIREHOUSE TRUST BUILDING
6 to 6:45 and 7 to 7:45 p.m.— Lorelei Ruben and her marionettes perform in her 'Cream No Sugar Theater'
8 to 8:45 and 9 to 9:45 p.m. — Scott Hitchcock, David Pykosz & Friends - Lobster Pie Reunion - Jimmy Buffet style music
10 to 10:45 and 11 to 11:45 p.m. — Sweet Loretta's Snake Oil Jug Band perform blues, country, ragtime, folk, magic and humor. For more information, visit: www.snakeoilz.com
FISH SHACK RESTAURANT
6 to 6:45 and 7 to 7:45 p.m. and 8 to 8:45 p.m. — Drum Jam & Parade, Jon Holland & Dragon Company; a colorful array of drums and percussion instruments, with a large green dancing dragon parade down the street, and you're welcome to join in costume and with your own instrument.
ROCKPORT ART ASSOCIATION
6 to 6:45, 7 to 7:45 p.m. and 8 to 8:45 p.m. — The Wildest Dreams rocks reggae and more from the Caribbean, South American, Japanese and American song books.
9 to 9:45 p.m. — Set up time for Jah Spirit
10 to 10:45 and 11 to 11:45 p.m. — Reggae band Jah Spirit celebrates peace, freedom, social consciousness and universality among all peoples.
SHALIN LIU PERFORMANCE CENTER
6 to 6:45, 7 to 7:45 and 8 to 8:45 p.m. — Henri Smith New Orleans Friends & Flavours bring their beloved blend of blues, jazzy jazz and Cajun-flavored music to Rockport's premier venue for three sets guaranteed to rock the house.
9 to 9:45, 10 to 10:45 and 11 to 11:45 p.m. — Alek Razdan and "Loco" Willie "Loco" Alexander ring in 2011 with an audacious double bill of toe-tapping, hair-raising, hip-shaking music, guaranteed to get you up on your feet and dancing right on into the New Year!
6 to 6:45 and 7 to 7:45 p.m. — Coro Stella Maris, a medieval, renaissance and early Baroque choir, captivates the with the spirit of their rare and beautiful music.
8 to 8:45 and 9 to 9:45 p.m. — 'Leven, an a cappela Cape Ann women's ensemble, performs songs of varied times and cultural traditions.
10 to 10:45 and 11 to 11:45 p.m. — Members of the Stuart Highlanders Pipe Band play timelessly traditional favorites on bagpipes and drums.
CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH HALL
6 to 6:45 p.m. — Soloist Cheryl Keating, accompanied by organist Joanne Wile, performs inspirational music.
7 to 7:45, 8 to 8:45 and 9 to 9:45 p.m. — Cape Ann Jazz Band, a six-man ensemble led by Don Thrasher, makes its 14th Rockport New Year's Eve appearance.
10 to 10:45 and 11 to 11:45 p.m. — A cappela male quintet Street Magic performs '50s & '60s doo wop.
DOCK SQUARE MIDNIGHT CELEBRATION
Watch the ball drop, count down the last few seconds of 2010, and join in as everyone sings "Auld Lang Syne!"