Way to go, 2010. You messed up South Side Bethlehem's First Friday by making January 1 a Friday, then making January 8, First Friday (Observed), one of the coldest nights in recent memory. Brr! But you couldn't freeze out a laid-back, lovely evening with friends.

Despite a few friends canceling at the last minute, Jen and I visited a few artists over at The Banana Factory, checked out the glass-blowing show and listened to a Renaissance-inspired quartet in period costume. Can't believe I didn't take a photo.

Then the two of us met up with Mark at The Bookstore for a cocktail. I learned what makes a Manhattan "quite possibly the greatest classic cocktail ever created, and still unimproved upon in over 100 years." Rocking chairs and mismatched vintage sofas in the "living room" were our only seating options, since all the tables were reserved and every seat at the bar was taken. The cozy space was filled with locals and visitors alike - evidenced by the bar full of people settled in for the night and one gentleman paradoxically wearing an Eagles jacket and a cowboy hat.

On a tip from the owner of my new favorite bakery, Back Door Bakeshop, we headed over to the North Side of Bethlehem to catch Dina Hall and The Backbeat playing at Starfish Brasserie. That's where the photo above was taken.

We ate some tasty fishies from Starfish's half-portion menu while watching patrons line up in front of 40 Below Nightclub and Lounge outside. Despite the wind chill actually dipping close to 40 below, and the line to enter the club snaking down the block, many of these thrifty young folks must have decided to leave their coats in the car rather than checking them inside the club.

On our way out, we remembered that the municipal lot isn't staffed after 11, so our parking for the night was free! My friends and I have already saved the date for the next First Friday, on February 5.

This post was written by Lehigh Valley InSite guest blogger Megan Santucci, who also writes the Lehigh Valley Transplant blog.