Saranac Lake gears up for First Night

Other venues include the Presbyterian Church, Methodist Church, St. Bernard's Catholic Church, St. Luke's Episcopal, BluSeed Studios, and Pendragon Theatre. Most are in walking distance of one another, though shuttles will be available to get to some of the more distant sites.

There's a good selection of non-musical acts this year, including comedian Moody McCarthy and interactive scientist Jeff Boyer.

"Something else different this year is the Adirondack Artists' Guild is going to be doing a slide show with some of their artists, Burdette Parks and Barry Lobdell," said Patterson. "We want to try to include all the sectors of art, so we've added some visual arts as well."

The evening kicks off at 5:30 with an opening ceremony at Riverside Park. It culminates with the midnight snowflake drop and fireworks at the Lake Flower Boat Launch.

Admission for the evening comes with the purchase of a first night button for $12. They can be purchased at a wide variety of businesses and organizations, including the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Lake Placid Visitors' Bureau. Children 12 and younger can get their button for free.

"It's a great bargain to hear some great music," said Patterson, who noted that it's never too late to volunteer for the event. Roughly 100 volunteers help each year to make the event run smoothly, and many are needed to coordinate each venue.

"We get volunteers from all over the community," said Patterson. "They help us out for two hours and they get a free button and get to have some fun."

For more information about First Night, including a full schedule and descriptions of each of the performers, visit www.firstnightsaranaclake.org.

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