First Night button based on banner from last year

SARANAC LAKE – The design of the admission button for this year’s First Night Saranac Lake is based on a banner from last year’s event, created by Hillary Ryan-Rusch for the Village Improvement Society of Saranac Lake.

People will need the buttons to be admitted to any of 12 First Night venues that will feature 22 performers this New Year’s Eve. Every year, First Night Saranac Lake invites community organizations to create and paint banners, which are hung at venues throughout the village the night of the event.

The VIS, a nonprofit volunteer group founded in 1910, owns and maintains seven village parks, and plants and tends flowers throughout the village.

The First Night admission buttons will continue to cost $12 for those who purchase them before Dec. 31. On New Year’s Eve, the price will go up to $15. Children age 12 and under are admitted free. Buttons will go on sale Nov. 29.

The all-volunteer First Night board’s mission is to bring the community together to welcome in the new year with a family-oriented, alcohol-free celebration of the arts, followed by fireworks at midnight. The event is walkable, with nine of the 12 venues within a two-block-square area downtown and free shuttle buses leading to the other three venues.

First Night is also sponsoring a concert by Virginia acoustic duo The Honey Dewdrops on Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Left Bank Cafe, 36 Broadway. Tickets cost $12, and the event is a fundraiser to help pay for First Night. The Honey Dewdrops, consisting of married couple Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, have performed several times in Saranac Lake, including at last year’s First Night. They have developed local ties from working with Beehive Productions, which consists of married couple Jeff Oehler and Sue Bibeau of Saranac Lake.