May 21, 2017

Editorial: Farewell to First Night as we know it

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Colorful, cold and bold. First Night Worcester changed a little every year, but it was always those. And for more than three decades, it was always there.

It’s too soon to say what, if anything, will replace it after its top official, Howard McGinn, said in a statement last week, “After careful review, we have decided the 35th [last year’s] would be our last event.”

But First Night Worcester Inc.’s decision to “discontinue operations” after 35 years is not necessarily a bad thing.

First Night was great in a lot of ways — and took a ton of talent and dedication to pull off every Dec. 31 — but the brand may have simply run its course. A New Year’s reorganization could be in order, and is apparently underway.

First things first — and foremost. We must thank First Night Worcester Inc. for a festive, safe and creative string of New Year’s Eve celebrations. That goes for all the nonprofit’s sponsors, partners and button-buyers, too.


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