Bright Night Providence Works it’s Magic!

[ 25 ] December 18, 2009 |

Kidoinfo is giving away 4 family fourpacks to attend this year’s Bright Night celebration. See details below to enter.

The artist-run, family-friendly New Year’s Eve festival Bright Night promises Bright Nightto be a most magical evening. It’s not that Harry Potter will be running around town or that that a unicorn will appear, complete with magical horn. (Although both of those would be kind of cool.) This year the main act for Bright Night is the magic/illusion spectacular IllusionQuest. A featured act at Six Flags New England for five years, master illusionist David Garrity and his team will magically appear, disappear, pass through solid objects and even float people from the audience.

Highlights from the performance include a comical illusion where David’s assistant ends up all twisted up; David also teaches a volunteer from the audience how to cut his assistant in half; and the finale features a breathtaking feat where David is chained to a table with 32 steel spikes suspended above him and he must escape before the spikes fall.

In addition to the illusion spectacular, your Bright Night ticket gets you access to over 50 other performances involving nearly 160 performers, including choirs, dance companies, comedians, clowns, puppeteers, jazz bands, a poetry slam, and a whole lot more. The schedule (which is being continually enhanced) runs from 12 noon- 12 midnight on December 31, 2009.illusionquest There’s free on-street parking or pay $9 in the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Tickets (a Tyvek wristband) are $10 if purchased before December 24. Starting December 25, tickets are $15 each, or buy a family fourpack for $50. Tickets are available online,, in person at the East Side Marketplace, OOP!, and all Bank RI locations, or by phone via Art-Tix at 401-621-6123.


Some would say that the magical part of Bright Night is that it will happen at all. The largest sponsor, the city of Providence, announced in mid-November that due to budget cuts, they couldn’t afford to sponsor the event. That works out to nearly 30 percent of the festival budget. The artists of Bright Night were determined not to let that deter them. The show must go on–New Year’s Eve must be saved. They’ve started a grassroots campaign called GIVE $20, TELL 10. Their goal is to get you (and 2009 of your closest friends) to give $20 and tell 10 people.

In addition, every performer of Bright Night has agreed to take a pay cut if the festival doesn’t get enough money. Talk about community spirit. So do your part, give a little and buy some tickets! To give, visit

Want to win a family fourpack to attend the 2009 Bright Night Providence?
Tell us in the comments below: “What is your favorite tradition on New Year’s Day?”
We will randomly select 4 people to win a family fourpack (each valued at $50). Deadline is Wednesday at noon, December 23, 2009.

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Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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  1. suzi says:

    We have always spent New Years in Northampton and had a special second “christmas” with my brothers family. This is usually followed by sledding down the big Amherst College Hill. This year we are starting something new – New Years in Providence!!

  2. Anisa Raoof Anisa says:

    From Veronica:
    My favorite thing to do on New Years Day is go for a hike. It just seem appropriate to start the new year putting one foot in front of the other. I love to spend time doing activities with my family, and hiking is one of my favorites. Hiking requires no equipment and it;s free. It’s a great way to start the year.

    Veronica F.

  3. calendar kate says:

    Our tradition is to celebrate by having friends over for dinner, counting down to the new year at about 8PM, and to be in bed before midnight. I want, want, want to win!

  4. Anisa Raoof Anisa says:

    From Vanessa:

    On New Year’s Day, I like to make a traditional meal from my mother’s home country (Jamaica): Curried Chicken and Rice & Peas. It’s a special meal that takes a little more time than most others to prepare and it helps me to “connect” with my mom who lives in Jamaica most of the year.

  5. Anisa Raoof Anisa says:

    From Alison:

    Our family’s favorite thing to do on New Year’s Day is to be together! Whether it is staying in our jammies until noon, reading or playing board games — as long as we’re together, it’s going to be a great New Year!

    Thank you Kidoinfo for all your hard work uniting families across RI for heathy, artistic, and unifying activities.

  6. Anisa Raoof Anisa says:

    From Shelley:

    Our New Years Day tradition is to take a walk on the beach (there are plenty of lovely ones around here to choose from). After the busyness of Christmas, taking a bracing stroll with just the kids seems to start the year off right. Appreciating nature, our surroundings, our health, thinking of our good intentions in terms of nutrition and exercise for the year ahead. Its a lovely break before having to get back into the school/work routine.

  7. Anisa Raoof Anisa says:

    From: Kathy

    Our favorite New Year’s Day tradition is to have a completely self-contained family day–we may have backgammon or Stratego tournament, finish any of the special New Year’s Eve treats leftover and spin a movie at home. The boys love it and it is very low key and relaxing for the adults. I reminds us that we enjoy each other’s company and can have fun with out “going” anywhere. : )

  8. Anisa Raoof Anisa says:

    From Demi:

    Our family is Greek Orthodox and one of the traditions we celebrate on NY’s day is enjoying my mom’s Lucky New Year’s sweet bread. It has the perfect sweetness and subtle flavor of anise. She wraps a quarter in foil and kneads it into the dough. Once baked, the loaf is gigantic. On New Year’s morning, my dad divides the bread evenly among our family members and good friends, marking each piece with our initials with a shallow knife. If your “chunk” of the loaf contains the lucky quarter, tradition states that you’ll have especially good luck all year.

  9. Jill Davidson Jill Davidson says:

    We usually have an open house/supercasual party at which people can show up as they are, with hangovers, in slippers, with stayed-up-too-late little kids, doesn’t matter. We hang out with friends and play games and eat good food and appreciate friendship and family and good fortune. Best way to start the year!

  10. Diane says:

    Our newest family tradition is to all have a big New Year’s breakfast together and share some New Year’s resolutions with one another – some are pretty goofy from the kids! Later in the afternoon, we play Monopoly (my grandson’s favorite game). We have our grandchildren (ages 7 & 9) for the week between Christmas & New Years, so these are very special memories that we are developing.

  11. Leslie says:

    Our family tradition is to celebrate New Years during the day with our small children having desert for breakfast and breakfast for dinner, playing games, singing songs and enjoying apple cider in Fancy glasses. Once all the little ones are in bed, mom and dad have a special toast and reminisce on all the special moments we’ve had over the past year while looking through our online photobook and look forward to the new memories of the next year.

  12. Bethany says:

    Our New Year’s Day tradition is to eat, donate or toss all of the food from the holidays. We clean up and put away the toys and presents from under the tree. It’s a “new year” cleaning day when we get ready for the year to come.

    Our New Year’s Eve tradition is to do something fun with the kids, like attend Bright Night in Providence. Once we’ve had an early toast to the new year with the little ones, we celebrate with the adults and usually ring in the new year with champagne and hugs all around for good friends and family.

  13. Anisa Raoof Anisa says:

    From The Massa Family:

    Our family is quite large, with me being the oldest of 8 children! After I got married, I would invite my siblings over to celebrate New Year’s Eve with us. We would play games, put music on, make lots of food (a new little snack or creative drink each hour!) and stay up till midnight to wish each other HAPPY NEW YEAR… and of course get on the phone and call our Mom! We’d spend the first day of the New Year together, wearing our comfiest pajamas (most of the time, they were Christmas gifts from people who know our New Year’s Day tradition!), enjoyed a huge New Year’s Brunch and watching marathons of our favorite movie series in order on DVD. One year it was the Star Wars saga… another year the Lord Of the Rings movies (Director’s Cut versions!), Harry Potter & more!

    Now that most of my siblings have moved on and some have families of their own, my husband and I have continued this tradition with our children: Marina (14), Luke (11) & little Evangelina (2). Last year we invited some dear friends over on New Year’s Eve with their 4 children and they ended up staying over and enjoying our New Year’s Day movie marathon “PJ day” with us!
    For our family, it’s just a perfect, fun and RELAXING way to start the New Year, especially after the hustle and bustle that can be the norm for our big family Christmas celebrations.

  14. Anisa Raoof Anisa says:

    From Maria:

    Waking up first thing in the morning and starting a fire before the kids come down for their presents. Then we just sit by the tree in our pj’s opening presents and eating coffee cake. Perfect!

  15. Anisa Raoof Anisa says:

    From Cindy:

    Our family tradition is to have a kids party with the neighbors. We gather all the kids ages 2 – 14 and play games, everyone brings a food dish and we oder Chinese. We also guess who is going to be the first to fall asleep. It’s a fun night and the kids love staying up til midnight.

  16. Anisa Raoof Anisa says:

    From Liza:

    My kids and I talk about what great things happened in the previous year and what we have to look forward to in the new year!

  17. joe says:

    A nice big meal with friends. Asleep by 11.

  18. Anisa Raoof Anisa says:

    From Ceceley:

    We like to do a marathon movie day. Usually we will watch a whole series, like all 6 Star Wars movies or something like that. I know it is not the most AP thing to do, but we are all together, usually in our jammies eating pop corn, watching movies and having a fun time!

  19. Anisa Raoof Anisa says:

    From Marta:
    We visit Bob’s sister, bro-in-law and their grandson who Jackson insists is their son, a misperception that Bob does not correct because if he did that would mean Kaleb is his great-nephew and that sounds awfully old.

  20. Anisa Raoof Anisa says:

    From Jane:
    My favorite thing to do on New Year’s is to shape-shift into a big black furry dog, have my son and three siamese cats ride on my back and romp through the snow.

  21. Anisa Raoof Anisa says:

    From Kathleen:

    In the past I have journaled on what I have accomplished and what I would like to do for the new year. As a family we did not do much. My ex-husband wanted to stay home and watch movies.

    But I am now a single parent and want to start some new holiday traditions for myself and 6-yr old daughter. I just love your web site and together, my daughter and I are enjoying many of your suggestions for weekend activities. I have also forwarded your web site to many of my friends as well. I am confident that we will be able to create a tradition for New Year’s and it will probably be based on something we will find through your site.

    Keep up the great job!

    A VERY appreciative fan and devoted mom,
    Happy Holidays!

  22. Anisa Raoof Anisa says:

    From Diana,
    Telling stories about different New Year’s Day celebrations around the world, including different actual New Year’s days i.e. Chinese New Year, Rosh Hashana etc….

  23. Anisa Raoof Anisa says:

    From Lori, Cranston, RI:

    My favorite tradition is to have an early brunch with family and friends at the Coast Guard House in Narragansett, then over to the beach to cheer on those taking the New Years Polar Plunge…Just afraid that our 6 year old granddaughter will want to join them!!

  24. Anisa Raoof Anisa says:

    Congratulations to the winners; Katherine Anderson of Swansea, Ma, Alisson Walsh of Edgewood, RI and Kathleen Turner of Warwick, RI

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