First Friday in Lancaster brings a variety of attractions

Cat Ardes
Arts & Culture Editor

The Districts, Lititz based band, played a two hour set in the Lyet Lobby during First Friday
The Districts, Lititz based band, played a two hour set in the Lyet Lobby during First Friday

Friday May 3, 2013 brought the monthly festivities for First Friday to downtown Lancaster once again.
First Friday is always about appreciating and celebrating the arts in downtown Lancaster. Many exciting events can be seen throughout the city, serving the purpose of appreciating local art. More people than usual are out walking along the sidewalks soaking up the sun, especially in the beginning of Spring, and taking advantage of enjoying a good meal outside and listening to music.
This past Friday, Millersville’s Ware Center hosted several events to make it a great night for everyone who attended.

The ArtWalk was held along Prince Street, in which many were able to view art galleries all evening.
The ArtWalk was held along Prince Street, in which many were able to view art galleries all evening.

Local Spotlights helped show off a few of Lancaster’s great eateries in the city. A table was set up for La Petite Patisserie in the Lyet Lobby showcasing several different flavors and looks of delicious cupcakes. There was a cost per cup cake but that didn’t stop anyone from wanting a few. On the Mezzanine level, Seasons Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom hosted free tasting for a few of their select foods and attracted many people to try their unique food.
On the third floor of the Ware Center in the Grand Salon looking over Prince Street, MU’s Graphic & Interactive Design students hosted their Senior Showcase. This event was free and attracted many other students, public, friends and families. Mac computers were set up throughout the venue. On the first screen, attendees could see a list of seniors that were exhibited in the showcase, by clicking on a picture of the senior an entire profile of them and their work showed up. One could find their resume for potential employers, an “about me”, their work, their experience, and what they plan to do.

Max Smith, a senior at MU, plays the violin along Prince St.
Max Smith, a senior at MU, plays the violin along Prince St.

Seniors that showcased their works were Chet Klinedinst, Megan Fanelli, Paul Ware, Sam Seeberger. Felicia Eads, Aaron Scheidler, DJ Ramsay, Michelle Yardumian, Matt Feilmeier, Jared Adams, Adam Bitner, Amanda Miller, Leanne Walters, Ryan Beck, and Ariana James.
Seniors worked on their showcase all semester long but incorporated work they’ve done in the past,present, and art they have worked on outside of class assign ments.
The seniors worked hard to pull off this event and anyone who attended could see just that.
In the atrium of the Ware Center, the Philadelphia Phoenix professional ultimate Frisbee team hosted a sports demo. Many people gathered around to watch them play a short game of pick-up in the rather small area they had to play in. A table with flyers and a few PHL Phoenix merchandise was available to buy and be signed by the team, the team also handed out free tickets and talked to their audience about playing Ultimate Frisbee at a professional level. Several members were also seen giving hands on lessons to a few of the audience teaching them how to throw correctly.

The School District of Lancaster showcased all age groups of art work in the exhibit.
The School District of Lancaster showcased all age groups of art work in the exhibit.

The school district of Lancaster hosted their student art exhibit in the Binns Room. Art was displayed from grade levels 1 through 12 and showcased a variety of different arts. Many family and friends came to look at and support the young artists.
Local band, The Districts from Lititz, PA, played a two hour set in the Lyet Lobby of the Ware Center. Consisting of four members; Rob Grote on Guitar and vocals, Mark Larson on Guitar and violin, Connor Jacobus on bass, and Braden Lawrence on percussion make up a unique sound your ears. They give the indie scene a new sound and look and something to look forward to. The Districts will be playing in the Lancaster area again at The Chameleon club on May 31st.

Along with First Friday, it was opening night for the Echo Valley Art Group exhibit.
Along with First Friday, it was opening night for the Echo Valley Art Group exhibit.

The Echo Valley Art Group art exhibit had its opening night on First Friday attracting many people to the Regitz Gallery on the Mezzanine level. Many unique and interesting pieces of art were on display for all to see. A binder was available to exhibit attendees who wanted to learn more about the group itself, the artists and their works.
Just outside of the Ware Center, the ArtWalk took place all along Prince Street. Many who checked it out could hear local music up and down the street, smell the food of downtown eateries, and look at art exhibits by local artists.

One of the Local Spotlights of the night was La Petite Patisserie sampling tasty cupcakes.
One of the Local Spotlights of the night was La Petite Patisserie sampling tasty cupcakes.

To close the night, sold- out Marieann Meringolo performed in Steinmann Hall at 8 p.m. Originally from New York and is an award-winning vocalist, Marieann Meringolo performed with enthusiasm and a great spirit on Friday night. Many who attended were also able to go to a post- show reception with Ms. Meringolo. This was the only event of the night in which the public had to pay for.
As always, First Friday turned out to be a success. The feel of downtown Lancaster along with the personality of the people, the smells of the food and sounds of the music come a great vibe all together.