Home - Community & Visitors - Campus Attractions - First Night River Bend First Night River Bend Announcement: It was with great consideration that Lewis and Clark has made a decision to not continue with its traditional First Night New Year’s Eve event. The decision was made due to a number of factors including the growing number of New Year’s Eve options for families, the rising costs of providing quality entertainment, and the dissolution of the national First Night organization. “This was not an easy decision to make, as we took many months and held numerous discussions with our stakeholders and volunteers before deciding that the time seemed right to reinvent our annual event offering to the community,” President Dale Chapman said. “I would like to personally thank the numerous dedicated volunteers who donated countless hours to the event over the years and the amazing artists who have graced the stages of First Night for many years for sharing their dedication to the arts and their talents with our community.” The college is currently considering creating a different type of event that will be held another time of year, as to not compete with the increasing number of New Year’s Eve activities throughout the River Bend Area. “We are currently meeting with individuals in the community and college personnel to strategize around creating a community engagement event that will not only help fulfill the college’s mission, but will also create an economic impact for the region,” Chapman said.