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Plug Pulled on ‘First Fridays’ in Doylestown, Pa.

(A magician performs at a Doylestown "First Friday" in August 2009.  File photo provided)

(A magician performs at a Doylestown “First Friday” in August 2009. File photo provided)

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By Brad Segall

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — Tonight, the first Friday in September, would typically be a “First Friday” evening in Doylestown (Bucks County), but the organization that runs the popular event says it has run its course and will no longer continue in operation.

It’s been an eight-year run for the event, and volunteers insist the decision to shut it down had very little if anything to do with an anti-First Friday movement in Doylestown that had asked Borough Council to step in earlier this year and suspend it.

They say it boils down to problems with fulfilling the requirements for funding and volunteers.

First Friday volunteer Jill Kahlenberg says it was designed to showcase artists, musicians, and the town’s retailers.

“The community always pulled together,” she tells KYW Newsradio.  “There were always a lot of multi-generational families, and people that would come to hear these musicians and see the artisans perform their work.”

At this point, she says, they are not involved in any discussions for a different type of event.

“We’re all hoping that something like that happens,” she says, “but we’re not officially involved in any discussion at this time.   But hopefully it plants the seed for someone to pick up this effort and turn it into something better than it was before.”

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