First Night Oil City
Following a hiatus of one year due to COVID-19 considerations, FIRST NIGHT ® OIL CITY made a jubilant
return on December 31, 2021 from 5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. The fun-filled, family-oriented, non-alcoholic New
Year’s Eve festivity was coordinated by the Oil City Arts Council and served as the culminating event of our
year-long celebration of Oil City’s Sesquicentennial Celebration.
First Night Oil City offered a terrific lineup of entertainment at multiple venues in Oil City. The ever-popular,
high-energy and animated Echo Valley Bluegrass band, comprised of six multi-talented siblings, performed
well-known standards as well as original songs in the sanctuary of the Trinity UMC; the remarkable blues
guitarist and singer, Max Shang, delighted audiences by playing and singing a variety of American Blues, jazz,
funk and gypsy-jazz music at the Christ Episcopal Church; the very versatile and highly talented and Route 8
Band performed a mix of country, rock and blues music at the YWCA; Randy Moorehead, a previous winner of
Franklin’s Got Talent Competition, played soft-rock and country music at Karma Coffee Co.; the band Gravel
Lick, comprised of four gals that like to play bluegrass with a kick, performed at the Calvary UMC; Dennis Geib,
an exceptional and classically trained pianist, masterfully played classical pieces, show tunes, soft-pop
standards and original compositions at the Venango Museum; and, the Pine Valley Boys, an area favorite
bluegrass band, entertained audiences with their bluegrass music and unique blend of humor.
Other stellar entertainment that was on tap for First Night at the Trinity UMC included noted storyteller, author,
fairy whisperer, actress and Lucile Ball Impersonator, Carol Weakland; the Butler Clowns dazzling people with
their balloon characters, face-painting and more.
Additionally, the beautiful Christmas Season décor on display throughout downtown Oil City very nicely
complemented dazzling ice sculptures, pre-sculpted by Richard Bubin of Ice Creations of Pittsburgh, that were
displayed at three locations: Oil City Library, Town Square, and King Memorial Park.
The wonderful array of indoor entertainment was nicely complemented by two fireworks displays, one at 7:00
p.m. and the other at 11:00 p.m. There was lots of merriment as enthusiasts huddled together near outdoor
bonfires on each side of town. Revelers also enjoyed creating crazy self-made hats in the hallway are on the
first floor of the National Transit Building from 5:30 p.m. and continuing until 8:00 p.m. Yet other revelers
expressed themselves percussively in a kid’s or adult drum circle at the National Transit Annex Building.
Throughout the celebration, a cozy shuttle bus was available to transport people to and from the north and
south sides of town from 5:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.
“First Bites’ of food were available at indoor locations that include the Trinity UMC, Calvary UMC, Karma
Coffee Co., the Elks Club and Villa Italia.
Admission to entertainment venues required the purchase of and entrance button at a cost of $10. Children 5
years of age and under were admitted free.
The Oil City Arts Council surely hopes you can be with us for this year’s First Night Oil City Celebration on
December 31, 2022.
Mark your calendars!!