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Monday, October 26, 2015

Symphony of Lights cancelled this year



     We always knew that the holidays were coming soon when we watched the lights going up in Symphony Woods.  This year it is hard not to notice the changes occurring in that area with all the construction equipment.  The area is being prepared for next year's Crescent development.  Here is the information on the cancellation of this year's Symphony of Lights.

"The annual Symphony of Lights, a holiday tradition in Columbia, will not happen this year, organizers announced.  For 21 years, the Howard Hospital Foundation has put on the light display nearMerriweather Post Pavilion in Symphony Woods.  The arrangement of lights typically went up in late November and ran through early January, with visitors traveling by foot or by vehicle through the 1.4-mile wonderland. All activities associated with the light show—including the Dazzle Dash walk/run—are canceled for 2015, organizers said. 

“Symphony of Lights festivities will be postponed until fall 2016 to allow for the redevelopment of Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods,” according to a statement from Symphony of Lights. In September, project leaders and elected officials broke ground at Symphony Woods for the Chrysalis amphitheater. As the area around Merriweather is updated, so too will Symphony of Lights get a new look. Its 250,000 bulbs will be replaced with LEDs that are more cost-effective and sustainable, and organizers promise 2016’s show will be “brighter and better than ever.”

Over the past 21 years. the Howard Hospital Foundation has raised money by charging admission to Symphony of Lights for Howard County General Hospital. Without the attraction, the foundation is encouraging people to sponsor a bulb for $10."

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