Lighting Up Nature

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JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – The Jamestown Audubon Society is premiering their Audubon Lights display this Friday, with the goal of connecting people with nature. 

Our crews walked down the half mile trail full of different lights, silhouettes, and nature.

“We have turned Audubon into this kind of fairyland at night,“ explained Public Engagement Specialist, Jeff Tome. “Where it’s a half mile trail that is all lit up with spotlights, and twinkly lights, and lazars.   

For Public Engagement Specialist, Jeff Tome, seeing walkers light up when viewing the spectacle is what makes the event great.

“To see the awe on their faces, last year we had a guy who just stared at the first pond with all these reflections of trees and things, and he’s just like wow I had no idea that it was going to be like this,“ said Tome. “And he just stared at it for like 10 minutes. It’s just an amazing feeling, it’s really cool.  

In addition to the plethora of lights, there will be a slew of other activities for walkers to enjoy. 

“Every weekend, we’ll have different bands coming,“ explained Tome. “We’ve got people with LED hula hoopers, that just make cool light patterns out here in the dark, where we’ll have a campfire and food and snacks. On Friday the 24th we have a firebreather coming, so she’s going to periodically let out spews of fire out into the thing.”     

With even more events, like a scavenger hunt for patrons to enjoy, Tome believes that the light show will be a great experience.

“It’s just a lot of fun to experience,“ stated Tome. “We worked really had to make sure that there’s more than just a trail of lights. There’s always some entertainment, and popcorn, and food, and drinks,and it’s a good way to make a night of it.”  

The lightshow begins Friday March 24 and runs until April 8. Tickets will cost $12 dollars for adults, $9 dollars for children, and children two and under are free, with discounts for members.

While our crews were filming, we were asked to keep a few things out that are sure to surprise trail walkers.


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