Cottage District Festival Of Lights
Do you remember a few years ago when they had that crazy 'festival of lights' around the jogging track at Delaware Park? That was pretty bizarre... but the idea of a Festival of Lights is a good one. Some day I would hope that Buffalo could pull off a classy downtown light festival - we are the City of Lights, are we not? Of course Elmwood Avenue puts on a good show each year thanks to the business owners who like together to show off the neighborhood. But what about other parts of the city? Some neighborhoods put up holiday flags on the light standards. Others carol up and down the streets. And this year, one neighborhood in particular has opted to go for the gusto. Yes Santa, there will be a Festival of Lights this holiday season.
Some of the neighbors in the West Side's Cottage District are busy organizing a neighborhood Festival of Lights. I first spoke to community member Richard Potwora about this idea and he told me that the event was fashioned as a way to not only bring the neighborhood closer, but to draw visitors onto streets that they might not normally make it to. If you think about The Garden Walk, that must have started with just a couple of streets too. And look what happened. Actually, I'm surprised that it took a neighborhood this long to organize a Festival of Lights.
According to Richard, members of the neighborhood have gone out and landed sponsorships from at least sixteen businesses. Starting November 26th and lasting until January 6th, the initiative has attracted celebrity judges and has even launched a website - how did they get the URL www.cottagedistrict.com at this stage in the game? Luuuuucky!