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First Night: Something to think about…


first-night-new-englandAs the city welcomes in the new year and another year of growth and development, I also wondered if they might consider a trend that is gaining strength exponentially in many other “cities on the grow” — a First Night celebration. Family friendly.  Multicultural. Affordable.

If frigid northern and east coast cities can do it and find a faithful turnout even when in snow and sometimes subzero cold, Clarksville, with its ability to organize events such as Rivers and Spires and Riverfest, should be able to pull this off with equal flair.

What’s a “First Night” celebration?

First night’s are multi-venue events of performance, music, games, and of course, food. These events often begin at noon with a children’s parade and shows geared for the youngest city residents (puppet shows, or a puppet- or mask-making class, storytelling, magic shows, etc). Adult events could be a one-act play, performances by dance or music groups, book readings, and more. A restaurant might host a small band or jazz combo, or perhaps a vocalist. «Read the rest of this article»

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