New Glas­gow host­ing Fam­ily First Night along with Res­o­lu­tion Run

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY - BY ADAM MACIN­NIS

Em­ploy­ees at the Town of New Glas­gow are hop­ing to start a new New Year’s tra­di­tion this year, as they host the first of what they’re call­ing a “Fam­ily First Night” event.

To help build mo­men­tum for the event, the Town is tim­ing the event to co­in­cide with the Res­o­lu­tion Run, which is put on by the Johnny Miles Run­ning Event, which will start at Glas­gow Square The­atre this year.

New Glas­gow Pro­gram and Events Man­ager Paula Irv­ing said they’ve been try­ing to think of some­thing new they could do for fam­i­lies at Glas­gow Square, and this idea was tossed around a cou­ple years ago. Be­cause of book­ings al­ready in place, how­ever this was the first year they’ve had a chance to ex­e­cute the idea.

To her, hold­ing it to­gether with the Res­o­lu­tion Run made per­fect sense, since or­ga­niz­ers with the event were look­ing for a larger venue to host it.

At the Fam­ily First Night, they’ll be hav­ing horse drawn wagon rides through the down­town, bouncy house and marsh­mal­lows roasted over an open fire be­gin­ning at 6 p.m. on Dec. 31, as well as mu­sic through­out the evening. The event will con­clude at 8 p.m. with a fire­works dis­play.

Irv­ing said she en­vi­sions fam­i­lies com­ing down to sup­port and cheer for a rel­a­tive or friend tak­ing part in the 5K run and then en­joy­ing some ac­tiv­i­ties around the square. The event is free.

Res­o­lu­tion Run or­ga­nizer Terry Cur­ley said they’re ex­cited about be­ing able to hold the fun run at the Square this year. The move to Glas­gow Square al­lows them to in­crease the num­ber of reg­is­tered run­ners they can take from 200 to 300.

“The run has al­ways been a fam­ily event, but I think it adds even more fam­ily and com­mu­nity to the run,” he said of the part­ner­ship. “Kids can hang around the Square and be en­ter­tained.”

He said the route will be ba­si­cally the same and run­ners will have the op­por­tu­nity to see some beau­ti­ful Christ­mas lights as they run.

As in the past, he said they will try to wrap up the event at 8 p.m. so peo­ple can go home or go to any night events they might have planned.

While win­ter al­ways is a bit un­pre­dictable for this event, Cur­ley said they’ve his­tor­i­cally had weather fit to run in. He said he hopes mother na­ture will co­op­er­ate once again this year.

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