Release Date: Wednesday, December 10th 2008
One Great Night for One Great Price at First Night® Akron 2009
Akron, Ohio - At the low cost of 11 cents per performer it would be hard to find a better deal than the $10 admission to First Night Akron. And...for kids under 10, it's all free! Celebrants will experience a broad range of diverse entertainment in warm, indoor venues. Interactive crafts make sure no one goes home empty handed. First Night buttons remain $10 - a great value for anyone looking for low cost ways to celebrate with family and friends during these tough economic times.
There is no better way to bring in the New Year than by creating lasting family memories in this community celebration.
First Night families come in all shapes and sizes, both traditional and nontraditional, and include relatives, friends, neighbors, co-workers and anyone else who comes along. Admission buttons give revelers entrance to 18 different venues and allows them the chance to experience 93 different
artists performing music, theater, dance, interactive and visual art. Take home a family photo, a mask, a jump drive with your own personal video and more. Enjoy dancing with the O'Hare
Irish Dancers, playing music with Silent Lion, painting with Especially Art! Studios and decorating the Community Garden. Enjoy First Night favorites, Colin Dussault's Blues Project, The Average White Broads and Hard Days Night, as well as new, first time artists. Ride a Metro bus or a trolley around the footprint - staying warm and getting to all your favorite acts quickly.
Kids under 10, who are admitted free with a button-wearing adult, will have the chance to make their own crafts to take home as well as join in the Light and Beats in the Streets procession to the Mainstage; all at no extra cost. Finish your night once (or twice) with incredible FirstMerit Fireworks displays at 9 p.m. and again at midnight.
About First Night Akron
Now in its thirteenth year, First Night Akron is a New Year's Eve celebration unlike any other! This family-friendly, alcohol free celebration of the New Year brings the community together to experience a brief moment in time while creating lasting New Year's Eve memories. Entertainment and fun featuring music, dance, theater, visual and interactive arts will delight everyone throughout 18 different venues in downtown Akron! For a complete schedule of events, visit www.firstnightakron.org.
Admission buttons give you access to all 18 First Night venues and nearly 100 performers. Buttons are $10 and children under 10 are admitted FREE when accompanied by a button-wearing adult. Buttons are on sale at Acme Fresh Markets,
participating FirstMerit Bank branches, Akron Beacon Journal Customer Service Desk, Borders Books & Music at Chapel Hill, Carolyn's Cupboard in Wadsworth, The Library Shop on Main, Lock 3 Park and Stage Left Boutique at the Akron Civic Theatre. Buttons and First Night Akron souvenirs may also be purchased online until December 23 at www.firstnightakron.org.
First Night Akron is a program of the Downtown Akron Partnership. Founding partners are the City of Akron and the Akron
Thank you to our generous First Night sponsors! Platinum Site Sponsors: Acme Fresh Markets, Akron Beacon
Journal, Akron Community Foundation, City of Akron, GAR Foundation, Knight Center of Digital Excellence and John A.
McAlonan Fund. Gold Stage Sponsors: Cummins Bridgeway Power, FirstMerit Foundation, The Goodyear Tire &
Rubber Company, John S. Knight Center, METRO, OMNOVA Solutions Foundation and The Welty Family Foundation.
Silver Project Sponsors: The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation, County of Summit, The LeBron James Family
Foundation, Labels & Letters, National City, Pat Catan's, Roetzel & Andress LPA, The Sisler McFawn Foundation and
Think Media Studios. Bronze Activity Sponsors: A. Schulman, Inc., Akron Aeros, Apple Growth Partners & Summit Data
Communications, Bridgestone Firestone Trust Fund, Brouse McDowell, LPA, Cohen & Company, CPAs, ComDoc, County
of Summit ADM Board, CVS Caremark, Eliokem, GOJO Industries, Inc., Lockheed Martin, Meggitt Aircraft Braking
Systems, The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, The Murdough Foundation, R.C. Musson & Katharine M. Musson
Charitable Foundation and Ohio Department of Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services. Special Friends: The Maynard Family
Foundation, Miller's Party Rental Center and Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition. Official Radio Partner: WKDD.