Thursday, December 15, 2011
From kids' artwork to Twitter tweets, lights put downtown Rochester in the spotlight.
The Big, Bright Lights have been on in downtown Rochester for 17 nights. And they'll be on for 17 more — the official ending of the nightly light spectacle is Jan. 1. Regardless of how old or new they are, they still seem to have the ability to draw a crowd (as evidenced by downtown retailers' report of the busy holiday season.) The show is 1.5 million LED lights strung over the buildings lining downtown's Main Street. They turn on every night from 6 p.m. to midnight. They inspire photos, like the ones our readers have been sending, and also artwork — like this one, created by 6-year-old Will Gage as part of an art class assignment. (We especially love Will's depth perspective!) The lights also have the ability to amaze. Twitter traffic …
Saturday, December 10, 2011
A trolley took guests through downtown to view the Big, Bright Lights.
Get your ticket, take the ride. Cookies, letters to Santa, a magic reindeer food recipe and, of course, Santa himself were all highlights of the Rochester Hills Public Library's first "Polar Express" event. There were 750 registered attendees at the Friday night event. Sander's nougat chocolates, along with hot cocoa donated by The Funky Frog were passed out to riders waiting to take the trolley through downtown Rochester's Big, Bright Light show. Rochester City Manager Jaymes Vettraino, Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett and others took shifts reading The Polar Express to kids excited by all of the treats. More than 70 volunteers helped out at the event that sold out within hours of opening online registration on Nov. 25. “My daughter-…
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The Rochester Hills Public Library says 750 have registered for the holiday event.
It's no secret that programs and events at the Rochester Hills Public Library are popular. Lines have been known to wind around the building for the ice cream social in the summer. The Friends of the RHPL Used Book Sales always draw a crowd. But it's possible the library has never seen an event as popular as this one. On Friday, the Friends group will host its first "Polar Express" event. It will feature Santa and his elves, hot chocolate, continuous readings of The Polar Express and a trolley ride for families down Main Street to see the Big, Bright Lights. Library Director Christine Hage said this week that 750 people registered for the event — a record number for a library program. The program filled within the first few hours that …
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
From Twitter to Flickr, here's what people have to say about downtown's Big, Bright Light Show.
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Monday, November 28, 2011
How would you describe the Big, Bright Light Show?
We asked fans of our Rochester Patch Facebook page to describe the Big, Bright Light Show. But we challenged them to do so without using the words "big," "bright" or "lights." Here's what they had to say — in a poetic form. Rainy, sparkly ... Wet, chilly fun. Pretty. Magic. Never-ending traffic jam. Residents stuck; costly. Magnetic. Drenched ... but loved it. Twinkly in my son's eyes; love. Smiling every minute. Brilliant. For coverage of the event, see "Cold, Wet Crowd Chants 'Light the Town' – and Rochester Answers." The Big, Bright Lights will shine in downtown Rochester every night through Jan. 1 from 6 p.m. to midnight.
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Where were YOU when the lights went on in downtown Rochester? These readers shared their photos of the moment. We invite you to do the same. For coverage of the event, see "Cold, Wet Crowd Chants 'Light the Town' – and Rochester Answers." The Big, Bright Lights will shine in downtown Rochester every night through Jan. 1 from 6 p.m. to midnight.
All 1.5 million Big, Bright Lights glow in the mist throughout downtown.
Under the shelter of umbrellas, a crowd of thousands strolled the streets of downtown Rochester on Monday night to greet the much-anticipated Big, Bright Lights. Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with a couple reindeer, helped welcome the 1.5 million lights. So did Rochester Mayor Jeff Cuthbertson, who took the stage shortly before the 7 p.m. lighting to say it was an honor to help usher in the holiday season. "We are very proud of this light show," said Cuthbertson, whose young daughters were among the first to sit on Santa's lap after the lights flipped on. Cuthbertson thanked those among the crowd who were visiting Rochester from other communities. "We hope that this summer when we have construction on Main Street, that you'll continue to …
Here's how you can be part of the Patch coverage.
When the Big, Bright Lights switch on for good tonight in downtown Rochester, phones and cameras will be hoisted into the air to catch the thrill of the moment. Our camera will be among them. But to really capture the glimmering magic, we want to see your images and videos, too. Here's how you can be part of our coverage: Happy Big, Bright Light Night, everyone! The Big, Bright Lights turn on in downtown Rochester tonight at 7 p.m.
We thought you might need a little help with the pronunciation as Rochester gets ready to celebrate.
Editor's note: This story was originally published Nov. 2011. Monday night is the start of the Big, Bright Light Show in downtown Rochester — an event otherwise known as Lagniappe. What's that, you say? Exactly. By now we know what the word means: Lagniappe is a small gift given to a customer (and it will be practiced Monday night in shops across town). Here, with the help of a few downtown friends, we help you figure out once and for all how to say it. The Big, Bright Lights Show lights up downtown Rochester starting at 7 tonight. The lights will be on from 6 to midnight through Jan. 6, 2013.
Our "30 Days of Giving" series continues with tonight's Kicks for a Cause, which supports Rochester Area Neighborhood House.
Every day until Christmas Eve, Rochester Patch is bringing you ways to help spread holiday cheer past your front porch to people and organizations across the area. Have a local cause or nonprofit group you'd like us to write about? Tell us in the comments or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Rochester Area Neighborhood House supports local families who are in need all year long, and tonight in downtown Rochester, there is a fun opportunity to give back. The Neighborhood House will have a collection truck downtown during Lagniappe and the start of the Big, Bright Light Show. The organization will collect new shoes and socks in an effort called Kicks for a Cause. So before you head out to watch the town light up in all its holiday…