A 'First' for Windsor

By Erika Mahoney

December 31, 2012 Updated Jan 1, 2013 at 4:54 PM EST

Windsor, NY (WBNG Binghamton) There's a first time for everything.

"It was an idea I had a few years ago because First Night in Binghamton was gone and there was no place to have a family event," said Debbie Menta. "So we decided to do it in Windsor."

Like never before, the Windsor community came together to put on a News Year's celebration for everyone.

'We are a tight knit community, not a lot of people know we are out here, not a lot of people come out here," said Susie Quinn. "This is just something we can do to pull our community tighter and let everyone know we are on the map, and we are willing to throw a bash for those who are willing to come out."

Windsor may be a small, upstate town, but they rang in 2013 in a big way. Twelve different activity venues dotted their downtown.

"If you are five or 105, there's something here for you to do," said Menta.

There were arts and crafts, a petting zoo, and a bonfire with smores to name a few.

But of course, all ages participated in the parade, made up of puppets recycled from Binghamton's past "First Night."

Some said the night definitely beat last year's celebrations.

"It's much more fun than last year," said Landon Stack. "Last year we just sat there and watched the ball drop."

"Every year it seems like we always go somewhere, and we never just stay home and sort of relax," said Samantha Sova. "And it's really fun because you just get to have fun with all of your friends."

Amidst so many activities, there was time for reflecting.

"My fondest memory for 2012... I'm a cancer survivor, so it was hearing those words remission," said Menta.

"I had a baby daughter born, so that was pretty exciting," said Scott Schafer.

There was also time to look forward and make some resolutions.

"Just having fun, and being nicer to my brothers and sisters," said Nathalia Stack.

And at least a few said they wanted to come back to Windsor's First Night, seeing it made the 2013 agenda.

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