Wednesday, December 30, 2015

First Night Celebrations In Saranac Lake, Saratoga

SONY DSCThere is no right or wrong way to ring in the New Year, unless it involves an altercation with the police. For my family, a  multi-generational event remains the most memorable New Year’s Eve celebration.

According to First Night Saratoga Coordinator Alex Jones this year will be the 20th anniversary for First Night Saratoga. After wrapping up last year’s celebration the First Night Saratoga Committee asked participants what they wanted to see “more of” for the 20th anniversary celebration.


“The word came back that people wanted more ‘Mind Arts,'” says Jones. “They wanted more interactive performances and we tried to oblige. We have a Rune reader, hypnotist, taro card reader and a couple of magicians doing fun acts for all ages.”

Headlining the event is the rock band NRBQ (New Rhythm and Blues Quartet) at the Saratoga Springs City Center Main Hall from 10 pm to midnight.  Jones pairs other similar musicians to match with the various musical acts.

“When we choose our musical artists we place artist of the same ilk,” says Jones. “People coming to see the main stage band NRBQ will have artists  with more of a rock theme while other venues have a reggae feel or a bluegrass venue. We always try to cast a wide net where everyone will be able to find something to enjoy.”

Don’t forget that First Night Saratoga is a  GE Kids Free event where each child, 12 and under, is admitted free with each paid adult. Adults may purchase a button for $15 online or pick up at one of the authorized vendors.

Closer to our hometown, First Night Saranac Lake brings a variety of local and national acts to the First Night schedule. Whether it’s “diabolic fun” with Adirondack Shakespeare Company, an evening with Completely Stranded Improv Troupe or a variety of musical acts, there are fun, interactive ways to gesture in 2016.

Children ages 12 and under are free and given a special button at the venues on December 31st. Adults may purchase an advanced button for $12 at various downtown locations or online.  Fireworks commence at midnight at both locations. No matter how you welcome in 2016, I wish you all a safe and happy New Year!

First Night Saratoga fireworks used with the permission of First Night Saratoga

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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