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I loved the article by Alison Boggs, “A night of pure joy” (Jan. 1), as she really captured the essence of First Night Spokane. Whether you took your kids to the fantastic Kids’ Night Out at the Spokane Convention Center, took in the Film Festival, watched the exciting Rail Jam, participated in the broad array of visual and performing arts – or if you were just one of the “wild women” making a hat or a mask – it was “pure joy.”

Despite subzero temperatures, First Night Spokane ushered in another successful New Year’s Eve celebration, marking the 10th anniversary of this event. This wouldn’t have been possible without a community that has a long tradition of supporting family-oriented events. Thanks to all who attended, performed or volunteered. Well done, Spokane!

Mina Gokee, president

First Night Spokane


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