Fans of the annual Alive After 5 didn’t need to wait until the Summer. They got a taste of it Friday night with a touch of Winter.
“I’m excited to see Elmira bringing a little Summer flare to the winter months,” Corina Forsythe, an attendee at the Winter Alive After 5, said. “It’s great to see the community out here.”
“This is a great idea to get out,” David Allen, another attendee, said. “It’s so cold outside and I’ve been stuck inside a lot. I want to get out and see people.”
The favorite Summer-time series was back to warm people up in the Winter.
“The success of the Summer concert series kind of, really spring-boarded this Winter event,” Jennifer Herrick, the Executive Director of Elmira Downtown Development, which organizes the series, said. “People said ‘can you continue to do it all year long?’ I said, ‘well no, but maybe we can do one,’ and here it is.”
There were heat lamps and a hot cocoa bar. It’s something you don’t see during the summer.
“This one is really celebration to get people out of their houses during in cold winter months,” Herrick said, “and to be able to connect with their friends, their families, their colleagues. “
For Allen, it was all about the dancing and going toe-to-toe on the dance floor.
“I didn’t know there was going to be dancing as well so it’s fantastic to be here for that” He said. “I haven’t done it in a long time and my friend, she kind of dragged me out onto floor and I thought, ‘well why not and just enjoy it.?'”
For others, it was about the food, music, drinks and community.
“I think this is a great event and I definitely can see it happening every couple of months here in Elmira,” Forsythe said. “It’s a nice way to get people out in the cold months and support the community in the winter months.”
As to whether or not Alive After 5 might come back next Winter, Herrick said “this is already a perfect success and we’ll probably do it again.”
Music was performed by Elmira-based band, Top Shelf. Food was provided by local businesses such as the Turtle Leaf Cafe.