Last year’s New Year’s Eve celebration at The Criterion Theatre. PHOTO COURTESY OF MATTHEW HOCHMAN

Barn Arts, Criterion entertain on New Year’s Eve

BAR HARBOR — The Barn Arts Collective will host a family-oriented 1930s-themed carnival at the Criterion Theatre on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31, from 4-6 p.m.

“The evening will start with a carnival and end with a dance party,” said Andrew Simon of the Barn Arts Collective. “In between the two, we’ll put on a classic variety show featuring characters, music and puppets from many of the shows in the Barn Arts universe.”

The event also will include games, fortune telling and a vintage photo booth. The variety show, featuring performers and puppets in rousing song and dance routines, will begin at 5 p.m. After the show, the crowd is encouraged to end the evening at Side Street Café, where there will be a ball drop for families.

“New Year’s Eve is maybe the most magical of holidays. It is a time to review the year past, honor what was special and, most importantly, make plans and dreams for the year to come,” said Criterion Executive Director Heather Martin. “Everything is alive with possibility … and The Criterion is embracing the creativity and the wonder of the night.”

Tickets cost $10 and are available at or at the box office beginning an hour before the event.

The Barn Arts Collective is a community theater organization in Bass Harbor that creates and encourages community through the practice and presentation of live arts events.

The 1932 Criterion Theatre is a nonprofit cinema, theater, multimedia art producer and venue committed to safeguarding this historic space for stories, storytellers and audiences. The Criterion has been a staple of the Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island arts community since its construction in 1932 and looks forward to a long future of welcoming theater goers. Visit or call 288-0829.

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