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Lancaster’s First Friday event growing

More businesses and nonprofits are throwing open their doors for First Fridays in downtown Lancaster.

More businesses and nonprofits are throwing open their doors for First Fridays in downtown Lancaster. Sixty venues are expected to show art at the April 4 event, said Elizabeth Todd Lambert, who leads LancasterArts.

“It’s great to have all these venues for artists to present their works and to sell them,” she said.

Downtown galleries and shops stay open late on the first Friday of every month and non-arts organizations display art. Between 40 and 45 venues participated in October 2007, Lambert said. The number hovered around 50 for several months after that, but five new venues were added to each of the March and April events, Lambert said. Counts for earlier years were not available, but the April figure is believed to be a record.

LancasterArts is a nonprofit organization that coordinates the First Friday events. Lambert became the group’s first president and chief executive officer in July 2007.

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