BETHEL — The 12th annual New Year’s Bethel, a chemical free event sponsored by the Bethel Historical Society, featured a wide variety of activities for a broad audience.

Festivities began at 5 p.m. with a community potluck supper. At 6 p.m., a Dragon Parade around the Town Common attracted dozens of youngsters and a candlelight tour at the Dr. Mason House brought a steady flow of visitors of all ages. The bonfire was lit at 7 p.m. for marshmallow roasting, which continued through the evening.

The State Street Traditional Jazz Band began a performance at 7 p.m. at the Congregational Church, where the Western Mountain Senior Players also performed. A sing-along at 10:30 p.m. at the Dr. Moses Mason House followed with Lynn Arizzi at the piano. The final event of the evening was a literal ringing in of the New Year at the town clock on Main Street with a variety of hand, sleigh and ship bells at the stroke of midnight.

Many volunteers and individual and business sponsors are responsible for the event’s success.

For more information on the Bethel Historical Society, call 824-2908, 1-800-824-2910 or e-mail [email protected]

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