Note to eastbound drivers on the Scajaquada Expressway this evening -- try very hard to keep your eyes on the road. After Mayor Byron W. Brown throws the switch at 6:15 p.m., your attention could be irresistibly drawn to a display of more than 50,000 holiday lights along the ring road and Parkside Avenue all the way up to Jewett Parkway, covering 15 acres in all.
The debut of the display, called Olmsted Lights Winter Nights, comes during a $50-a-ticket opening party at 6 in the Parkside Lodge off Parkside Avenue. Holiday treats will be provided by Current Catering. Players from the Kavinoky Theatre will offer a surprise holiday performance. The lighting, which will be up for five weeks, was designed by Shannon Schweitzer, a Buffalo State College professor who works with local theater companies and on the college's productions. For info, visit www.bfloparks.org.
Thomas Herrera-Mishler, president and CEO of Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, describes the display: