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First Night Promises Fun

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RALEIGH — It has become the biggest wing-ding in the Triangle. It's so big, infact, that it's hardto believe that First Night started just seven yearsago. Its appeal, says First Night chairwoman Esther Hall, issimple. It's a concept whose timehad come.

"People, families, groups were looking for a not-boring New Year's Eve, ora non-drunk New Year's Eve," Hall said.

Of course, when you schedule an event for the last day in December, youpretty much take your chances with the weather.

But, except for the acorn drop, a good bit of First Night is inside. And,this year, there's transportation to get you from one indoor locationto another.

There are a bunch of other additions this year. Expect to happen acrossvaudeville acts, laser vaudeville, poetry, and cool crawl-through maze asyou mosey through downtown Raleigh Wednesday night.

And there is Ragu, the spaghetti-sauce-in-a-jar people. They plan to test-market a couple of new sauces at Raleigh's biggest New Year's Eveparty. So, think of First Night as the world's largest spaghettidinner that ends precisely at midnight.