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Lycoming Arts, UPMC and the YMCA are working diligently this year to bring First Friday fun to the greater downtown Williamsport community on West Fourth and Pine streets.

“This year, the YMCA is working with Lycoming Arts and UPMC. We work together to have a positive impact on children in our community,” said Shanin Dougherty, Co-Chair of the First Friday Committee with Lycoming Arts.

The first outdoor event of the year will take place on Friday and, according to Dougherty, will be filled with artisans, artists, live music and plenty of culinary delights.

The Lycoming Arts gallery space on West Fourth Street offers a children’s craft during each First Friday event. April’s themed crafts are “rabbits”.

Community members can also expect to see many of their favorite local food trucks and vendors downtown, including Real Taste Taqueria, Taco Bills, Brusters, Mad Griller, MC Cafe, and Dutchman’s Kettle Corn.

Local musicians can usually be seen performing on Pine Street and in front of the Community Arts Center.

For Friday’s event, there will be a pre-show performance by the cast of “Ragtime: The Musical” a Community Theater League production opening Friday at the CAC. The performance will begin around 5 p.m. in the pavilion between the center and the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

However, April weather can be unpredictable and no musicians will be performing on Pine Street.

Dougherty added that community members can expect the Montoursville High School Jazz Band, Pepper Street Band, Cass & the Bailout Crew, Trip the Light and Gabe Stillman Band to perform at First Friday events at the future, from May to October.

Lock Haven English faculty member Marjorie Maddox Hafer will also be at the Otto Bookstore signing her new book from 6-8 p.m.

Kids can also be excited about other themed crafts at future First Friday events, such as designing their own flags, puppy pencil holders, string ghosts, leaf birds and snowflakes. For the month of May, the DIY will consist of making dragonflies.

West Fourth and Pine streets will be closed for the outdoor event. For more information on parking, please visit the Lycoming Arts website.

Event sponsors include UPMC and Woodland’s Bank.

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David H. Henry