I figured this post would be appropriate for tonight, as it’s Music Friday, and next Friday will be First Friday. Every time I prepare the First Friday program, I’m amazed at the breath of the arts in the City of Lancaster. There were nearly 70 participating arts venues for February’s First Friday. We had a great turnout that evening, too. People know downtown Lancaster is the place to be on the first Friday of the month – and that’s every month of the year. On my own travels around the city that evening, I saw paper mache sculptures, mixed media constructions, chain saw sculpture in progress, fine art paintings, photography, ceramics, and more. Theatrical productions and musical concerts were also part of the First Friday line-up.
I could have spent the entire evening at the Lancaster Literary Guild taking in the collection of Edgar Alan Poe’s letters. The letters place you in Poe’s shoes feeling his pain, frustration, and desperation as he repeatedly asks his stepfather for financial assistance and affection. And, all the while, you can enjoy the beautiful historic building that is the home of the Literary Guild (113 N. Lime St.).
We’ve had great response to the new LancasterARTS information kiosk. It was unveiled during Fall ArtWalk 2008, and now it is a fixture every First Friday. We meet many out of town visitors and locals who are experiencing First Friday for the first time. The kiosk is the place to go for First Friday programs, maps, directions, and answers to other questions about the City.
With so many venues, changing exhibits, and gallery openings, there’s always something new to see each First Friday. In March, three more locations will join the First Friday roster. Without exception, everyone is impressed with the lively downtown activity on First Fridays – and other cities want to copy Lancaster’s success. In fact, the Central Penn Business Journal ran a feature article and an editorial on this very subject earlier this month.
So don’t miss out on this Music Friday tonight or First Friday’s every month!