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First Night festivities planned in Saranac Lake

First Night festivities will take place in 11 different venues around Saranac Lake New Year's Eve.

First Night festivities will take place in 11 different venues around Saranac Lake New Year's Eve. By Nancy LaBombard

— Forget the Mayan Calendar, Saranac Lake knew this day was coming.

The Saranac Lake First Night Committee looked past the impending doom that was scheduled for Dec. 21 and made their preparations anyway for the annual First Night event, which kicks off at the Harrietstown Hall Monday, Dec. 31, at 5:45 p.m. with opening ceremonies and ends at midnight with a traditional ball drop and New Year’s Day celebration.

“We try each year to broaden our circle of people who attend,” First Night board member Liz Bennett said. “We attempt to provide a variety of entertainment for all ages from puppetry and circus acts for children, teen dance for high school students and a variety of music and comedy for all ages.”

First Night will host 21 acts in 11 different venues:

At the Artists Guild, storyteller Amber McKernan will perform from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by spoken word poet Angel Nafis from 8 to 10 p.m.

At BluSeed Studios, progressive rock group Invasive Species will perform from 8 to 9 p.m., followed by the Honey Dewdrops from 9 to 11 p.m.

The First Presbyterian Church will host Soma Beats African Drum and dance troop from 7 to 9 p.m. and LeGroove, playing jazz, blues and swing, from 10 p.m. until midnight.

The First United Methodist Church welcomes Michael “Piper” Cooney from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by George Kilby, Jr., and the Road Dogs from 9 to 11 p.m.

At the Harrietstown Hall, Clem Hawkins will perform country rock from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by Celtic rock group Hair of the dog starting at 9 p.m. and playing through midnight.

The Pendragon Theatre will host swing group Crackin’ Foxy from 7 to 9 p.m. and “folky garage rock” band Monsterbuck from 10 p.m. until midnight.

At the Petrova Elementary School, popular kids band the Zucchini Brothers will perform from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by comedian Johnny Lampert from 9 to 11 p.m.

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