Saratoga Springs ready for First Night, last big party of 2017

November 28, 2017 05:58 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - She's just 15 and more than 15,000 will be attending the event where she'll be singing. Sydney Worthley is one of 70 acts you can see on New Year's Eve in Saratoga Springs. The Voorheesville High sophomore will open for First Night musical headliner Sawyer Fredericks, who won The Voice on NBC.

"I'm just really excited to play First Night Saratoga and to open for Sawyer Fredericks. It's just going to be an amazing night," Worthley said Tuesday.

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The theme this year is "Light up the Night.'' A $20 collector's edition button designed by artist Sharon Bolton, will get you into all of the 30 venues. In addition to the music, there's magic, juggling, and mentalists. It typically brings in between 15,000 and 20,000 people.

"The hotels fill up. The restaurants and bars are busy. Everybody shops and buys something while they're in town," said Joel Reed, the executive director of Saratoga Arts, the organization that puts on the First Night event.

It all starts with a 5K road race at Skidmore College at 5:30, then the shows start at 6, and it all ends with fireworks in Congress Park at midnight.

Now in its 22nd year, First Night Saratoga is recognized as the biggest New Year's Eve party between Manhattan and Montreal, said Alix Jones, who coordinates the event on behalf of Saratoga Arts. "It's definitely still true, New York City to Montreal, we are the largest thing going."


Mark Mulholland

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