Tag Archives: First Night

Another day, another lingering cough from "the thing that's going around," another missed opportunity to enjoy the arts. Sniffles and snowfalls seem to be getting in my way when I want to embrace the arts in Binghamton. Soooo ... who would like to join the BAMirror conversation and tell me what I missed last weekend at the first First Friday of 2011?  And speaking of missing out on something: How many of you felt a little less complete on Dec. 31, 2010, when you didn't have a First Night...
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As you probably have heard, Southern Tier Celebrates! will be closing its office for day-to-day operations as of today (April 16), citing the loss of the state funding that had been a major source of income. Obviously, this leaves STC! programming , including First Night Binghamton, in limbo. (More details in STC!'s statement on the BCAC Web site.) As audience members and/or performers, how does this make you feel? How will the closing affect you? What suggestions do you have to fill this hole in the local...
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Despite reasonably mild weather, outdoor crowds were largely missing from Binghamton First Night 2010. Though some favorite entertainment groups were also missing, there were still more than enough activities and artists to fill an evening. In many parts of the US, where it once was celebrated, First Night has disappeared. Some of our distant contacts are surprised to hear we still have one in Binghamton. It’s a wholesome, fun experience for all ages, and the police and security folks deserve credit for making it a safe and orderly event. It’s a great time to sample lots of different entertainment. We hope this local tradition, like so many others such as the Spiedie Fest will not just survive but thrive.

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