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Saratoga's 'First Night' A Big Success

Saratoga's 'First Night' A Big Success
Diego Torres Trapini jams with his dad's band
Dale Willman

January 1 2013

It was another magical First Night in Saratoga.

Some 40 stages at 26 different venues offered music, dancing, and more for those participating in First Night, sponsored by Saratoga Arts.

Groups ranging from the Tartan Terrors, a standout band back from last year, to Uncle Joel’s Comb performed to capacity crowds. All told, thousands of people wandered the streets of the downtown area enjoying the festivities.

The Tartan Terrors looking, well, terrific

The Salvation Army facility on Woodlawn welcomed ‘Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers, who regaled the crowd with music and stories from Bayou country.

Captain Squeeze himself

Kris Mele (scarf) and Al Borrelli of Dobbs Ferry, NY, enjoying 'Imagining Lennon and McCartney'

The laser light show at the City Center was originally included in the schedule to replace the fireworks, which were cancelled. But at the last minute several Saratoga Springs residents stepped up to offer money and services to make sure the fireworks went off after all. And the First Night planners kept the laser show as wll.

The good folks at WEXT helpd to sponsor a stage Monday night, featuring among others, the band 'Headband Jack.'

'Imagining Lennon and McCartney'

Tal Schulman enjoys the view from father Yosh's shoulders. The Schulmans are from Millerton, NY

Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra

'Uncle Joel's Comb,' composed of graduates from Guilderland and Niskayuna High Schools



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