Art is located everywhere you look, shops are open later, people mill around the art galleries and the numerous shops. This happens every first Friday in Lancaster City.
Known over the last couple years as First Friday, art is showcased in stores, galleries and even cafes where people can sit and enjoy a nice cup of coffee while looking at the art work.
It is also common place to see students enjoying the culture. Many teens from Penn Manor look forward to the first Friday of every month when they can toss their backpacks and sports equipment for a taste of the arts downtown.
Sophomore Karla Mylin said, “ I go (to first Friday) because I like seeing all the art work and hanging out with my friends.”
It’s certainly more educational than going to the movies, or partying on the weekends.
The artwork is always different and there are usually themes for the Friday night. There is often music and impromptu theatrical performances and other things going on around the city.
The first time Mylin went she said she thought it was fun but also a little crazy because of all the different kinds of artwork.
Although the art can always be seen in the many art galleries located in Lancaster city not just during First Friday but during regular business hours, patrons say the crowded streets and festive atmosphere make First Friday more fun than regular shopping.
The next First Friday event is scheduled for September 3. Take a girlfriend, boyfriend, family member or even go solo and enjoy a beautiful night in a beautiful city that we call home.
By Sam Valentin