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December 4-5, 2015 Event, Binghamton, NY                                                                                                           

Holiday Shows, Music, “Christmas Carol” Performances, Concert with Italian Duo, 35th Anniversary of South Side Restaurant & Much More Highlight Next First Friday/Saturday - DECEMBER 4-5   

‘Tis the season to celebrate the holidays ... art, music, festivities that come alive only this time of year and some new twists on seasonal favorites ... at Binghamton’s annual First Friday/Saturday Holiday Art Walk. Enjoy many holiday shows for unique and handcrafted gifts, music, “Christmas Carol” performances, concert with acclaimed Italian duo, 35th anniversary of south side restaurant, and more, during the two-day event on Friday, December 4, 6-9 PM, and Saturday, December 6, 11 AM-5 PM at 31 different venue locations downtown, west side and south side.

        A new twist this year on a seasonal favorite, “A Christmas Carol,” will be held at Phelps Mansion Museum (191 Court St.) with performances every Friday/Saturday evening at 7:30 PM, leading up to Christmas (Thru Dec. 19, 2015). "Step back in time to Christmas Eve of 1843 where Ebebeezer Schrooge learns the 'true meaning of Christmas.' Audience members to move from room to room with performers as they observe the familiar scenes of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, Christmas Future and Mr. Fezziwigs' Christmas party.” Tickets limited to 30 audience members per show; admission $30/each, $50/couple.  Reservations essential, tickets, call 722.4873 or EM:  info@phelpsmansion.org.  On Saturday, Dec. 5, from 11-5, there will be Guided Mansion Tours, every half hour, $5/adult, $4/student or senior.

On First Friday, there’s the Italian Night at the Binghamton University Downtown Center/UDC, featuring acclaimed Italian Singer-Songwriter Diana Tejera (from Rome) and Jazz Trumpeter Ersilia Prosperi in Ed Mondo duo, performing a free concert at 7:30 PM. Prior to their concert, there’s Italian Open Mic at 6, with performances by BU students, faculty, community members. After Ed Mondo's performance, there will be a Meet-the-Artists/CD signing at the UDC. [The recently formed duo, Ed Mondo, is in the U. S. to tour and record their first album together.]

The many Holiday Shows open Dec. 4-5, unless noted otherwise, include:
1) Cooperative Gallery 213 (213 State St., Artists Row): Annual Holiday Show Featuring Gallery Members & Supporting Members: Art of All Kinds Fine Handcrafts Pottery Woodwork Jewelry...Perfect for unique holiday gift giving! (Opening Reception Thu., Dec. 3, 6-8 PM thru Sat., Dec. 19, show closing.)   
2) Orazio Salati Studio and Gallery (204 State St., Artists Row): Holiday Show featuring the following artists: Greg Chianis-Photography, JW Johnston-Photography, Cindy Henry-Mixed Media Fiber Art, Sardar Kestay-Painting, Fern Pritikin Lynn-Pottery, Marie LoParco-Spiritual Images, Mud & Fire Potters-Pottery, Sharon Bottle Souva-Fiber Art, Marc Schimsky-Painting (Thru Jan. 2016). 
3) The Goldsmith (31 Lewis St.): Featuring our Fine Collections of Contemporary American Craft!  The month of December - 1/2 off any Holiday Ornament with your jewelry purchase of $200 or more. Limit 1 per customer per visit. (Special Holiday Hours: M-F. 10-8; Sat., 10-5, Sun., 12-5.) 
4) Atomic Tom’s (196 State St., Artists’ Row): Holiday Pop Up Marketplace featuring artisan wares including jewelry, floral arrangements, body products and soft goods. Twig and Thread will be open in the Gallery with the usual unusual items:  Vintage, home décor, and repurposed metal. Live music on Friday; food and beverages provided. Open Dec. 4, 5-9, Dec. 5, 10-2.
5) HealthLinkNY (49 Court St.): Dec. 4, 6-9, only: Holiday Sale featuring multiple craft vendors & artists selling their work, just in time for the holidays! Unique gifts for family & friends...you'll find the perfect handcrafted gift at our Holiday Sale! Free holiday food & refreshments provided.

At Whole in the Wall (43 S. Washington St., south side), it’s the restaurant’s 35th Anniversary with a celebration that kicks off on Thursday, Dec. 3 through Sunday, December 6, their official anniversary day (WITW Restaurant opened Dec. 6, 1980).  From Dec. 3-5 from 11-9, restaurant patrons can enjoy a free Big Tease Brownie Sundae with any entree and 1/2 off mini bottle of Prosecco sparkling wine  (normally $8, sale $4).  On Sunday, Dec. 6, from 1-5, Whole in the Wall will host their 35th Anniversary Party and invites the public to stop by for the celebration, free admission.

Enjoy the sounds of the season, including at: 1) Main Street Baptist Church (117 Main St., corner Chestnut St., west side) on First Friday: "A Concert of Organ & Vocal Music for Advent & Christmas with organist Joseph Kotylo and baritone Jan Kliewer with two performances at 7 & 8 PM. 2) Lost Dog Café (222 Water St., corner Henry St.):  Dec. 4, from 9-11 PM in the Lounge:  Brenna Swagger Christmas Show; on Saturday, Dec. 5, 1-3 PM, in the Café: Lukus Wells Annual Christmas Show: Traditional, contemporary, alternative holiday songs and originals.

Also, be sure to check out another new First Friday venue, The Place on Court (73 Court St.) that recently opened and located in the former Merlin's! On Dec. 4:  Music by Parlor Cats band from 8 PM-12AM; no cover.

        This First Friday Art Walk, presented by GWSA and sponsored in part by Equinox Broadcasting, M&T Bank, and Triple Cities Carousel, will feature 31 locations in Binghamton, downtown, west side, and south side, and open Friday from 6-9 PM and Saturday, 11-5, unless noted otherwise.

        Venue locations on December 4-5 are:

       — On STATE Street:
**Atomic Tom’s (196 State St., Artists’ Row):  See listing on page 2. 
**Broome County Arts Council/BCAC (81 State St., 5th Fl., Suite 501): “Binghamton Neighborhoods” by Painter Joanne Thorne Arnold.  Special Holiday Food Tasting by Cindy Rotella (Regalo Gifts & Designs). Musical guest, TBA.  “Join us to celebrate new beginnings with art, food, friends & music -- holding on to what is joyous, generous & creative in our hearts, no matter what.”  Visit our public Sculpture Catalog at:  broomearts.org.  More Info: Call 723-4620. Closed Saturday, Dec. 5.  Website:  broomearts.org. 
**Connelly Gallery (205 State St., Artists Row): Dec. 4, 6-9: Exhibit: Artists Angela Cook and John Carroll: "Inspired:  Art of Angela Cook" and "John Carroll's Abstract Principles & Representational Imagery" - Acrylics, Mixed Media & Oils (Exhibit thru Dec. 2015).  (Call 722.9593 for Weekday Hours.)  Website:  bobconnelly.com.
**Cooperative Gallery 213 (213 State St., Artists Row):  See listing on page 1. (Opening Reception Thursday, Dec. 3, 6-8 PM thru Sat., Dec. 19, show closing.) Check website for schedule, Dec. 3-19. Website:  cooperativegallery.com.
**Orazio Salati Studio and Gallery (204 State St., Artists Row):  See listing on page 1. (Gallery Hours:  1st Friday, 6-9 PM; Saturdays, 11-3 & by appointment, 772.6725.)   Website:  oraziosalati.com.
**Uncorked Creations (205 State St., 2nd & 3rd Fl., Artists’ Row, above Connelly Gallery, front):  Dec. 4, 6-9 PM: Come see our new Abstract Art by E. B. Schott in Wine Bar (3rd Fl.)! While drinking some great wines & tasting chocolates (available for purchase), enjoy live acoustic music by Jesse Tranvaag! Closed Saturday, Dec. 5.  Website: uncorkedbinghamton.com.

        — On GORGEOUS WASHINGTON (Between Hawley & Court Sts.) and WASHINGTON Street:   
**Binghamton University’s Romance Languages Dept./Italian Program Event at UDC/University Downtown Center (67 Washington St., across from Arena): See listing on page 1. Italian Night sponsored by BU's Romance Languages Dept./Italian Program; Dept. phone 777-2645; contact Dana Stewart.
**Garland Gallery (116 Gorgeous Washington St.): Dec. 4, 6-9:  Al Millus-Singer/Songwriter. First Friday/Saturday Special: 30% OFF Everything on the Walls! Website:  garlandgallery.com.
**Orion Beauty & Balance (118 Gorgeous Washington St.): Dec. 4, 6-9 PM: Balleyclare Dancers Performing and Doug Bogart, Photography (Thru Dec. 2015). (Open Saturday, Dec. 5, 9-5; Tue., 10-5; W-Fri., 10-7; closed Sunday & Monday.)  Website: OrionBeautyandBalance.com.
**The Shop (219 Washington St., between Henry/Lewis Sts.): Featured Art:  "The Wall" acrylic mural by Nathan Gorman. "We <3 Graffiti" photos on canvas and "Binghamton Herald" wall graphic by Eugenie and Zoran.  Music: DJ Freeze Spinning Deep House & Electro-Swing. Also, $5 off wine bottles. Website: 
the shop219.com.

      — On COURT Street:
**Citrea Restaurant and Bar (7 Court St., Suite 3, on the Riverwalk): Featured Artist, Artwork by Abraham Alt: "Untitled."  Music: Dec. 4, 6-9 PM by "Sabor Latino"; Dec. 5, 12:30-3 by Loren Carpenter playing Christmas music. On Saturday open at 11 AM for Brunch with bottomless mimosas! Open Friday from 4-10 PM.  (Citrea, Mediteranrean-inspired restaurant, features woodfire pizza, small plates & full bar, located on the Riverwalk around the corner from the Court St. Bridge and RiverRead Books & open 7 days a week, including brunch on Saturday & Sunday.)  Website:  citreapizza.com.      
**HealthLinkNY (49 Court St.):See listing on page 2. Learn More: http://www.healthlinkny.com/events-pg.html.  Website:  healthlinkny.com.
**Imagicka (75 Court St.): Energy Grid Sessions with Lise. Tarot Readings with Brandon.  Rune Readings with Sam.  Local Art, TBA.  Special Shop Local Surprises!  On First Friday, Music by "Johnny Truth" with Mark Stacey (co-owner of Black Bear Winery, Chenango Forks), Joel Huizinga & Michael McGuane, performing throughout the evening!  Website:  imagicka.com.
**Parlor City Trolley from Phelps Mansion Museum (191 Court St.): Dec. 4, 6-9: Free Trolley Rides through downtown; riders can flag and get on or off at any time.
**Phelps Mansion Museum (191 Court St.): See listing on page 1. Website: phelpsmansion.org.
**The Place on Court (73 Court St.): See listing on page 2. Exhibit/Artist, TBA. Check us out at:  theplaceoncourt.com; facebook.com/theplaceoncourt73; on Twitter and Instagram: theplaceoncourt.
**River Read Books (5 Court St.): Jablon Studios: “Mosaics and More!” Music on Dec. 4: Holiday Jazz with Jeff Guevin & Friend (TBA) from 7-9 PM. Open Saturday, Dec. 5.  Website:  riverreadbooks.com.

       — On CHENANGO Street: 
**Little Venice Restaurant (111 Chenango St.): NEW: The Shop @ Little Venice...the perfect gift shop for your Foodie Friends!  Binghamton’s original Art Gallery with over 150 signed paintings on display throughout the restaurant. Order Online for Gift Cards, Sauce & other retail items. (Check website for Holiday Hours. Open:  Tue.-Sun.; closed Mon.) Website:  LittleVeniceRestaurant.com.

       — On FRONT Street (West Side):
**Roberson Museum & Science Center (30 Front St.): "Home for the Holidays" - A Community Favorite for over 60 years.  Enjoy Hundreds of Trees, Dazzling Displays & the International Forest (Thru Jan. 10, 2016). Requires general admission: $8,adults; $6,students/seniors; Roberson Members, free. Open 7 days a week with extended hours, Nov. 18-Jan. 10, 2016.  Entertainment schedule online.  Website:  roberson.org.

        — On HAWLEY Street: 
**Holiday Inn Binghamton (2-8 Hawley St.): Join us for “First Fridays at the Holiday Inn Binghamton!” On Dec. 4 First Friday, we're hosting Cool 106.7's "Celebrate 'Your' Office Party" with Live Music by Brotherhood in our lounge. Drink Specials & Bar Menu available all night. (Visit: holidayinnbinghamton.com, facebook.com/holidayinnbinghamton for updates.)  Website:holidayinnbinghamton.com.

       — On LEWIS Street: 
**The Goldsmith (31 Lewis St.): See listing on page 1.  Website:  thegoldsmith.com.

       — On MAIN Street (West Side):
**The Bundy Museum of Art & History (129 Main St., west side): The Bundy Museum Presents: Dec. 4 Closing Reception, 6-9 PM: “Eruditis Lux”: Works of Photography Students at SUNY Broome - Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced & Senior Thesis students in BW Silver Photography along with Experimental, Mixed Media & Color DPI/Digital Photographic Imaging. Annual Holiday Open House:  See the museum all decked out for the holidays and enjoy live music, festive refreshments, gift basket raffles & much more. (Art Gallery admission always FREE. Tue. - Sat., 11-5.)  Website:  bundymuseum.org.
**Chatterbox Café, Tapas & Oyster Bar (21 Main St., west side): December Exhibit, TBA. First Friday Food & Bar Specials.
**Main Street Baptist Church (117 Main St., corner Chestnut St., west side): See listing on page 2.Website: mainstreetbaptist.net.

       — On PROSPECT Avenue:
**Art Mission & Theater (61 Prospect Ave., off Lewis St.): Gallery: Members' Show and Holiday Shoppe Auction. Theater: Independent Films in Two Theaters, now digital (schedule online).  Open Saturday, Dec. 5.  Website:  artmission.org.

       — On RIVERSIDE  Drive (West Side):
**The Gallery @ 5 Riverside Drive/Towers (5 Riverside Dr.):  In Lobby & Library: Dec. 4, 6-9 PM:
In Lobby & Library: “Origins and Esoterica” - Drawings, Paintings and Sculpture by Cyrena Summers (Thru Dec., 2015).  Featuring every media & technique from Abstract to Representational including wood sculptures on the front display shelf. Open Saturday, Dec. 5.  (Contact Info/E-Mail: Marcy Swartz, 724.5997; EM: marcyswartz@gmail.com.)

        — On S. WASHINGTON Street (South Side):
**Confluence Running (46 S. Washington St.): Pub Run/Expressive Art: December 6 Pub Run with Star Wars theme, starts at 7 PM from Confluence Running. All runners and walkers are welcome to join for 3 miles of running and walking with 4 stops along the way. Open Saturday, Dec. 5, 10-6.  Websites: ConfluenceRunning.com, facebook.com/ConfluenceRunning.
**Whole In The Wall Restaurant (43 S. Washington St.): See listing on page 2.  On exhibit in restaurant:  Jack DeMarco: Paintings - Primarily in Acrylics on Canvas:  Landscapes, Abstracts & Portraits (Thru Jan. 2016).  New Restaurant Hours:  Thu. - Sat., 11 AM-9 PM.  Website:   wholeinthewall.com.

        — On WATER Street:
**Doubletree by Hilton Binghamton (225 Water St.):  Dec. 4: In Ballroom Atrium Space (facing Lost Dog): Mini Event for First Friday featuring Piano/Saxophone Duo and Themed Drinks & Snacks. (Become a fan on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.) Website: Binghamton.doubletree.com.
**Lost Dog Cafe (222 Water St., corner Henry St.): See listing on page 2.  December Exhibit: Lost Dog Staff Show - Our staff has many talents including creating art!  Come see what they collectively have done (Thru Dec. 2015)!  (Cafe open until 11 PM. Lounge until 2 AM on First Fridays!)  Website: lostdogcafe.net.
**Water Street Brewing Co. (168 Water St., across from Boscov’s): December Exhibit: Featuring
Christian Santacrose Abell: “Arranged Chaos” - Mosaics. "Life can break us time & time again but it's what we do with all of these broken pieces that determines our outcome.  Mosaics are like our lives, arranged chaos."  (Thru Dec. 2015). Meet-the-Artist on 1st Friday, 6-9.  On Saturday, Dec. 5, Christian will do mosaic demonstrations and customers can make sure of their own from 1-4 PM.Open Saturday, Dec. 5, 12-12; Tue. - Sun.  Website: waterstreetbrewingco.com.

        The First Friday schedule is subject to change without notice.

For more information on the December 4-5 First Friday/Saturday Art Walk, contact Jesse Wheeler (Chair of Gorgeous Washington St. Association) at Davidson Fox & Co., LLP, EM:  jwheeler@davidsonfox.com, or visit GWSA’s website at: gorgeouswashington.com.       

This First Friday Art Walk, presented by the Gorgeous Washington Street Association (GWSA) and sponsored by M&T Bank, will feature 27 locations in Binghamton, downtown, west side, and south side, and open Friday from 6-9 PM, unless noted otherwise.

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