If you wanted to forget about the economy, and take your mind off the heat for a few hours Friday night-- Binghamton's combination First Friday/July-Fest was the place to be.
Part of the enrichment were art displays and book signings--at River Read--
That's where we found a local artist who explained how Binghamton's downtown has become a spot to foster the art community--which adds to the cultural benefits of the entire area:
"When I left the artistic community here was pretty negligible. It was kind of one night only, you'd see the artists, that was the end of it. I was extremely happy when I came back to see how many venues had opened their doors to artists like me. I think it's phenomenal that Binghamton has become a more artistic city and I think the influx of students from BU will help that."--said artist AmArA, the author of 'Viva La Revolution'
Whatever your interest, you'll find a venue for it at First Friday, and the July-Fest--the Fest running through the weekend.
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