Some more First Night pictures - The first two are of the Grand Illumination. We end our First Nights by having people gather at a central point in the town, often the old courthouse. We pass out candles and we all wait together for the courthouse clock to chime in the new year. And then we sing together - we sing Auld Lang's Syne and You Are My Sunshine and Goodnight Irene, and sometimes more old familiar songs. It's a wonderful way to end one year and see in the start of another.
But I must say, very few people seemed to know the words to Auld Lang's Syne this year. Tsk, tsk.
The third photo is of my friend Cath Dodds who has demonstrated weaving and spinning at First Night Leesburg for many years.