NORTH EAST - December 6th kicks off a weekend of holiday festivities in downtown North East, PA with the First Fridays Holiday Gallery Hop, from 5 to 8 PM. Many downtown businesses will offer special sales and promotions and will serve as Gallery sites, hosting artists and artisans and their works for the evening. Several retailers will present brief demonstrations including Angie Craig's Bakery and Sweets with Decorating with Kids, Treasure Island with Holiday Gift Engraving, Something Fishy with Aquariums for the Holidays, and Boston Bean with Making Gingerbread Houses. McCord Library will also take part in the event with a special Author's Gallery, hosting several regional children's book authors who will be on hand to read aloud from their works. Gallery Hop maps and schedules will be available at all Gallery sites and at the North East Chamber of Commerce, 17 E. Main Street.