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First Night Scranton, now on its fourteenth year, is a New Year??s Eve event known for its diversity. But this year??s theme of ??Around the World? may bring that reputation to a whole new level.


With over 16 countries represented in the musical and interactive entertainment lineup, co-organizer Damian the Magician said the event promises to be ??extremely diverse this year.?


??Something is going to be there for everyone,? he added.


Damian and co-organizer Doug Smith, of Lexington Entertainment, said in selecting the theme for 2013, the goal was to introduce an ??international feel? to the musical and specialty acts.


From Latin jazz to reggae, improvisational comedy to poetry, and face painting to horse-drawn carriage rides, First Night Scranton 2013 not only offers international diversity, but a variety of activities for all ages.


Damian described it as ??a city-wide community-oriented New Year??s Eve celebration with a safe, alcohol-free environment ?? one of the largest New Year??s Eve celebrations in the state.?


It will kick-off with family bingo at The Mall at Steamtown in the food court from 3-6 p.m. and continue throughout the evening with various activities and entertaining acts at venues around the city.


New this year are outdoor food vendors on Lackawanna Avenue. Hot dogs, burgers, and other quick food items will be served downstairs at the Elm Park Church. Other participating food venues include Café Trio, Chocolate Creations, and Northern Light Espresso Bar.


The event will conclude at the mall with a fireworks display at midnight.


First Night Scranton Project Director Paige Balitski said she and the other organizers are always seeking new volunteers, and anyone interested in helping out may contact them through the website, firstnightscranton.com.


??We need young people to step up and volunteer,? she said.


??It??s worthwhile for them to help out,? Damian added.


Admission to the entire event and all performances and activities at the various venues is included with the purchase of a $10 button, available ahead of time at all area Gerrity??s Supermarkets, The Mall at Steamtown, Duffy??s Accessories (218 Linden St., Scranton), and the day and night of the event at the mall. A $5 senior discount will be offered the day of the event only.


Parking is free, and event organizers suggest attendees park in the mall??s parking garage, as the evening will begin and conclude at the mall.



? 6:30-7:15 p.m., 8:30-9:15 p.m., 10:30-11:15 p.m.: Continental Italian Serenades, playing timeless Italian favorites, Steamtown Mall (300 Lackawanna Ave.), Center Court.


? 7:30-8:15 p.m., 9:30-10:15 p.m.: Damian the Magician, Steamtown Mall (300 Lackawanna Ave.), Center Court.


? 7-11 p.m.: John O??Connell Caricatures, Steamtown Mall (300 Lackawanna Ave.), Food Court.


? 6-11 p.m.: Brookvalley Farms Horse-drawn carriage rides, Steamtown Mall (300 Lackawanna Ave.), Main Entrance.


? 7-7:30 p.m., 9-9:30 p.m.: Dance with Hoops, Steamtown Mall (300 Lackawanna Ave.), Crossover Bridge.


? 6:30-11 p.m.: Linda??s Facepainting, Steamtown Mall (300 Lackawanna Ave.), Second Floor Bon-ton.


? 6:30-10:30 p.m.: Jo Jo the Clown, Steamtown Mall (300 Lackawanna Ave.), Second Floor Boscov??s.


? 7-7:45 p.m., 9-9:45 p.m., 11-11:45 p.m.: George Wesley Positive Reggae Vibrations, Elm Park Church, 712 Linden St.


? 8-8:45 p.m., 10-10:45 p.m.: Hector Rosado and his Orchestra, Elm Park Church, 712 Linden St.


? 6-6:30 p.m., 7-7:30 p.m.: Franko the Clown, Elm Park Church, 712 Linden St.


? 8:30-9 p.m.: Franko the Clown, Ritz Theater, 222 Wyoming Ave.


? 7:30-8:15 p.m., 9:30-10:15 p.m.: Joe Stanky and the Cadets, Leahey Hall, 800 Linden St.


? 6:30-7:15 p.m., 8:30-9:15 p.m., 10:30-11:15 p.m.: Odessa Klezmer Band, Leahey Hall, 800 Linden St.


? 8:30-9 p.m., 9:30-10 p.m., 10:30-11 p.m.: Northeastern PA Guitar Trio, Northern Lights, 536 Spruce St.


? 6:30-7:15 p.m., 8:30-9:15 p.m., 10:30-11:15 p.m.: Trinidad-Tobago Steel Band, Ritz Theater, 222 Wyoming Ave.


? 7:30-8:15 p.m., 9:30-10:15 p.m.: Tribal Waves, Ritz Theater, 222 Wyoming Ave.


? 7:45-8:15 p.m., 9:15-9:45 p.m., 10:45-11:15 p.m.: Lucia Dailey & Friends, AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave.


? 7-7:30 p.m., 8:30-9 p.m., 10-10:30 p.m.: Fiona Powell, Irish storyteller, AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave.


? 7-7:30 p.m., 8:30-9 p.m., 10-10:30 p.m.: Lotus Fire dancers, Firehouse, 518 Mulberry Street.


? 6:30-7:15 p.m.: Rob Smith, Juggler, Steamtown Mall (300 Lackawanna Ave.); 7:45-8:15 p.m., 9:15-9:45 p.m., Firehouse, 518 Mulberry St.


? 6-10:30 p.m.: Cosmo and Connie Facepainting and Balloons, Hilton Hotel, 100 Adams Ave.


? 8:30-9 p.m., 10-10:30 p.m.: Wild West Entertainment, Federal Bldg., 235 No. Washington Ave.


? 7:45-8:15 p.m., 9:15-9:45 p.m.: Here We Are In Spain Improv group, Federal Bldg., 235 No. Washington Ave.


? 11:30 p.m.: Showmobile, 200 Block N. Washington Ave.


? 6:30-7 p.m., 8-8:30 p.m., 9:30-10 p.m.: Michael Jinx Magic, Café Trio & Chocolate Creations, 400 Spruce Street.


? 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Mike Simon, Vaudeville juggler and magician, Elm Park Church,712 Linden St.; 8-9 p.m., Steamtown Mall, 300 Lackawanna Ave.; 10:45-11:15 p.m., Firehouse, 518 Mulberry Street; ? 3-6 p.m.: Family Bingo, Steamtown Mall (300 Lackawanna Ave.), Food Court.


? Midnight: Fireworks on Courthouse Square



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