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Low temperatures doesn’t keep Owego from enjoying First Friday

OWEGO (WBNG) — The village of Owego is one of the communities in the Southern Tier that celebrates the First Friday of each month by highlighting local restaurants, artists and musicians. The tradition allows for lively summer evenings, but even during the harsh cold dozens of people came out.

The Owego Kitchen was looking ahead to the summer days by serving a Backyard BBQ Dinner, with pork sandwich specials. Staff said they usually only serve it in the summer. It’s a busier time for them, but First Friday’s even during these single digit temperatures are still keeping the staff on their feet.

“It’s really cold out, but we’ve been staying busy and staying consistent,” said The Owego Kitchen General Manager, Preston Wright. “We’re up 10 percent from last year and it’s hard to believe because it’s so cold.”

Nick G was playing guitar for customers that filled the restaurant, including one woman who celebrated her birthday with her husband with First Friday events.

Across the street other musicians jammed out at the Black Cat Art Gallery. Wine, cheese and other snacks were served, while those who stopped by were able to look at creations by local artists.

Hats, paintings, mugs, bowls, and many more gifts are featured at the store.

A fortunate teller was also meeting with customers to raise money for the Rebecca Weitsman Memorial Dog Park at Hickories Park in Owego.

The fun wrapped up at 8 p.m.

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