First Night Scranton 2015 salutes the spirit of America
From a press release:
This season, Baby New Year might just be adding a red, white, and blue bow tie to his ensemble before heading to festivities in the Electric City.
That’s because the organizers of First Night Scranton 2015 are planning the event with an American theme in mind. First Night Scranton is an alcohol-free celebration of art and culture, offering families an alternative to traditional New Year’s Eve parties. Now in its 16th year, the event will be held in venues throughout the city’s downtown from 3 p.m. to midnight. In keeping with the patriotic theme, First Night guests are encouraged (but not required) to add a little red, white, and blue to their wardrobes on New Year’s Eve.
Highlights of the event include live music, dancing, interactive performances, juggling, horse-drawn carriage rides, and programming designed for people of all ages and walks of life. Bingo will return to the Mall at Steamtown, and children will enjoy magicians, face painting, clowns, and more.
This year’s footprint will expand to include the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple (420 N. Washington Ave.) and The Leonard (335 Adams Ave.). The additional venues will offer even more First Night fun for all to enjoy.
Of course, no New Year’s Eve celebration would be complete without fireworks, and after a night of venue hopping, revelers will gather on Courthouse Square to ring in the New Year together by taking in a spectacular fireworks display.
First Night Scranton revelers gain admission to select venues by purchasing and wearing First Night Scranton buttons. General admission buttons are $10 and will go on sale Monday, Dec. 8 at Customer Service at The Mall at Steamtown, Boscov’s in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, and all Gerrity’s Supermarkets. Buttons for senior citizens and those with military identification are $5 and will be available only on the day of the event at First Night Headquarters on the second floor of The Mall at Steamtown. Raffle tickets will also be on sale during the event at First Night Headquarters for $1 per ticket. Proceeds will benefit next year’s First Night Scranton celebration.
Under the direction of First Night Scranton Project Manager Paige Balitski, community volunteers bring this event to life. Honorary Chairman is Mayor of Scranton William L. Courtright, and event co-chairmen are Damian the Magician and Doug Smith. Committee members include Bob Balitski, Alison Boga, Julie Imel, Sandra Opshinsky, and Larry and Joni Mohr.
For more information, visit firstnightscranton.com or call 570-344-1967.