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Schroon Lake chamber planning First Night

Entertainment, fireworks scheduled

Schroon Lake will have a new holiday celebration this year. The Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce has dropped sponsorship of its annual Old Tyme Christmas celebration after 25 years. Instead, the chamber will hold First Night Dec. 31.

Schroon Lake will have a new holiday celebration this year. The Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce has dropped sponsorship of its annual Old Tyme Christmas celebration after 25 years. Instead, the chamber will hold First Night Dec. 31.

— Schroon Lake will have a new holiday celebration this year.

The Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce has dropped sponsorship of its annual Old Tyme Christmas celebration after 25 years. Instead, the chamber will hold First Night Dec. 31.

“We’ve had a lot of requests for a First Night,” said Laura Donaldson, chamber president. “Our entire purpose is to help local businesses and we feel a First Night can be a boost.”

The family-oriented evening will include magic, music, dancing, children’s activities, food, a bonfire and fireworks.

Magician/puppeteer Sylvia Fletcher and the Magic Trunk will perform three 30-minute shows in the Schroon Lake Central School Auditorium. Show times are 5, 6:30 and 8 p.m.

The band Loose Connections will play for a hour sock-hop community dance in the Schroon Lake Central School gym from 5 to 9 p.m.

Also planned are family fun activities 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Schroon Lake Central School. Activities will including face painting, craft stations and food sales.

There will be a bonfire at the Schroon town beach beginning at 8:30 p.m., followed by fireworks over the lake at 9:15 p.m.

Admission for all the events taking place at the school is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 4 to 18. Children younger than age 4 will be free. There will be a special family rate — after one adult and two child admissions, all other children in a family will be free.

“We wanted to keep the price low so that as many local residents as possible could afford to attend with their families,” said Tony Kostecki, who is helping organize the First Night.

More information can be obtained by calling the Schroon Lake Chamber office at 532-7675.

The chamber held two First Night celebrations in the past — New Year’s Eve 2003 and 2004 — to mark the beginning and end of the town of Schroon’s bicentennial celebration.

“Those First Nights were very successful,” said Sharon Piper, co-chair of the First Night committee. “People have asked for another First Night. You could say we’re bringing it back by popular demand.”

Donaldson is confident people will enjoy the First Night celebration.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” she said. “I think it’ll be a great addition to the holidays in Schroon Lake.”

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