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HARVARD — How will you welcome in 2018? This year, the Friends of the Council on Aging are hoping it will be in Harvard.

Harvard’s “First, First Night” is “a celebration of all things community and caring in town,” a press release noted, with proceeds benefiting the Council on Aging and its work with Harvard senior citizens.

An evening of festive fun and dancing starts at 8 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Fellowship Hall, 7 Elm St., Harvard for those 18 and up. The evening concludes at midnight as 2018 begins its reign.

Irresistibly local, this one-of-a-kind town center New Year’s celebration offers guests versatile entertainment options, delicious heavy hors-d’oeuvres, a decadent dessert bar and is a BYOB event. From 9 p.m. on, guests can enjoy the live music of the aptly named Time Traveler, led by notable musician and artist, Steve Peisch, and featuring sensational vocalist Suzanne Buell.

Community partners are invited to participate with the FCOA in this groundbreaking “first” of “First Nights” to come as well. Groups are welcomed to host an open house on the Common for crafts, creativity or conversation, sponsor babysitting for attendees with young children, arrange a ‘tween movie night or make it a family night with marathon snow sculpting or sledding on the Common beforehand.

“First, First Night is a tradition just begun,” said organizer Pat Cooper. “Let’s build many nights and memories together as a community, as we create opportunities for celebration and caring in town. Let’s get the party started by thanking and letting our seniors know just how much they are supported and appreciated.”

Tickets to the event are $50 a person and are available from hhsiegrist@yahoo.com. Checks are payable to the “FCOA” at PO Box 474, Harvard, MA 01451.

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