New Saranac Lake First Night® Venue for High School Aged Kids

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By Diane Chase

What better way to ring in the New Year than to celebrate the innovative and exciting ways that people bring community and guests together. Coming up with new ideas isn’t difficult.  It is the implementation that is the challenge. We have our busy lives and get caught up in all the activities. Thankfully there are those who are thinking outside the box and willing to carry out their “great ideas.”

Without those special people in the community we would not have live theatre like Pendragon, Third Thursday Arts Walks and First Night® Saranac Lake, just to name a few. First Night® started five years ago when Sue Paterson and Connie Landon attended other First Night ® celebrations in Burlington and Saratoga and thought Saranac Lake would be a perfect fit. This weekend, the excitement continues with over 42 family-friendly activities in 12 venues.

Saranac Lake High School Senior Julie Bowler continues that tradition of original ideas followed through to fruition. Julie and her family had always attended First Night® Saranac Lake but Julie saw that her peers were not attending the various celebrations. Last spring she approached the First Night board requesting a High School aged dance. She volunteered her time throughout the end of her junior year, summer and now senior year making this an event available to any high school aged student.

With support from The Saranac Lake Elks Club a dance will be held at the (30 Bloomingale Ave) Lodge from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. A DJ will provide the music and snacks will be available. There is a $5 door charge for those not wishing to purchase the $12 First Night Saranac Lake button. The button will get the participant into all venues while the cover charge just includes the dance.

I am told High School dance rules apply. Safety first. Volunteers from the Elks Club will chaperone and young adults will be required to sign in. Students must show some sort of identification whether school ID or other to ensure age appropriateness. Also once a student leaves he/she may not reenter the facility. For an added bonus every person going will be entered to win an iPod.

After the dance there will be plenty of time to get to River Street to watch the lighted snowflake drop in its annual count down to the New Year.   Fireworks over Lake Flower bring the celebration to a close.

A special thank you to all who continue to put ideas to action. Happy New Year! 


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