There's no First Night this year? How did this happen?
Oh, I know! Money is tight and we can't afford it.
We recently went through this, remember? last year?
We turned to the community and some dedicated people made it happen.
Why didn't that happen this year?
I blame Mayor Correia. I think Mayor Correia could have made this happen. He could have pulled together the business community and others to put together first night.
At its best First Night is dozens of venues to be sampled and taken in. It's a jazz trio in an intimate setting. It's a chorus singing show tunes in the library, and a folk singer singing in a downtown restaurant. It's 'ice skating' at Government Center while ice sculptors are being carved nearby and hot chocolate is being served to anyone who needs to warm up. It's Native American dancing at the Y and a magician at the Armory. It's fireworks cascading down the facade of Government Center.
I know times are tough, but I think that's when we need festivals and celebrations all the more.