Monday, December 28, 2009

Spreading the Word

While yours truly will be sitting on the beach in Florida on New Year's Eve, I would like to do my part to promote First Night Youngstown. Hundreds of volunteers devote time each year to putting on one of the best New Year's Eve events in the state. This year's event will feature bands, comedians, fireworks displays, and other cultural events. For those who won't be soaking up the sun, this not to be missed!

The schedule, courtesy of the Oakland's Brooke Slanina:

"You will notice that FNY has much to offer this year, as always. The Masonic Temple will be a rockin' hot spot with local bands and aWild West Show. SMARTS Center returns from 5-8 pm with Sumi Painting, free cookies and punch, a drum circle, and even balloon animals for the kids! Be sure to visit while you wait for a horse-drawn carriage ride from 6:30-8:30 pm.

The Covelli Centre will again offer Open Community Skating with $3 skate rental (or bring your own) from 5:30-8:30, followed by a fireworks display for the kids at 9 pm. Carriage rides will resume at 9:30 in front of 20 Federal Place, which will be a family affair as Jimmy DeCapua, Jr. of Jones for Revival opens for his dad's band, the Classic Cruisers!

And while a total of 20 venues will be open this year, only one (First Presbyterian Church) will feature First Night Youngstown's ONLY 10-year veteran, local magician and comedian Eric Thompson!

Not to be missed is Mayor Jay Williams' swearing in ceremony in the Atrium of the Commerce Building. The internationally renowned Youngstown Connection will perform from 10-10:30 and Mayor Jay takes his oath at 10:30. Revelers are invited to celebrate with Ohio's hardest working band, The Colin Dussault Blues Project of Akron, at the Youngstown Club Lounge.

Capture your memories of New Year's Eve at Studio 217, which will be staffed with professional photographers doing studio portraits for only the cost of printing. WRTA will also provide shuttle service all night long!

Please help us spread the word about the 10-year anniversary celebration of First Night Youngstown as we ring in 2010 with the biggest party to hit Downtown Youngstown all year long. With 20 participating venues, 19 restaurants, 2 fireworks displays, and an hour-long lead-in to the Countdown and Ball Drop with The Zou and Jason Alan Magic, there is certainly something for everyone!"

(click on image for larger map of event locations)


Kim said...

I had no idea. I only moved to the area two years ago and still am struggling to find culture on the same level as (gosh I never thought I would say THIS) Cleveland.

I've been impressed by Stanbaugh auditorium, I must say, and Mills Creek Fellowship Gardens. Now I have a new reason to venture downtown. I've been a bit shy to leave the safety of my Stepford area but your blog inspires!

Joe Lowry said...

Kim - glad I could help you find this. If you do go, I would welcome a report back. I'm always looking for new firsthand sources of information.

Kim said...

Joe, alas, our family already has plans. However, the endorsement and suggestions are good other times of the year.

I'm a bit nervous driving around, we witnessed the aftermath of two armed robberies during the month of December, within 2 miles of our home.

How does one reconcile the very real danger with the very real opportunities out there?