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Bravo Buffalo!

If there was ever a “Buffalo weekend” this one would bit it. It all started on Friday with the supremely magical event, enLIGHTen, at the Richardson Olmsted  Campus. Buffalo Rising was a proud sponsor of the light mapping lawn party, which proved to be spectacular. Keith Harrington (Projex) pulled off a tremendous light show that attracted upwards/over 12,000 people (depending on who you talked to). The traffic at the event was akin to Bills’ game, with traffic jams radiating out from the campus once the event wrapped up – everyone stayed to the end.

Not only was the light mapping spot on, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra nailed it. All eyes (and ears) were on the BPO and the former administration building. The philharmonic musicians were fueled by the crowd’s energy . It was surreal. At times, I had to remind myself that the music was actually being performed live under an illuminated stage clamshell. enLIGHTen proved to be one of those events that spoke of this city’s ability to rise from the ashes and not only persevere, but glow and shine.

It was not that long ago that everyone assumed that “The Richardson” would be demolished. But instead of knocking it down, we now have a fabulous symbol of this city’s rebirth.

A friend of mine, visiting Buffalo for the first time, told me that he had never visited a city like Buffalo. Earlier in the day he had been standing on top of a grain silo at Silo City. And now here he was witnessing an architectural and technological marvel. He told me that it reminded him of when he was young, and how his hometown had been innovative and creative, alive with soulful imagination. He was blown away by Buffalo. He loved that Buffalo was so invigorated yet laid back. He loved how there was a real sense of community.

Times have been a changin’ – there’s so much happening in this city. People are rallying harder than ever, and this event signaled the culmination of a hard fought battle to bring Buffalo back from the brink.

Photo: Joe Cascio

As we sat and watched the light show, someone on the crowd yelled “Buffalo!”. The shout basically spelled out how everyone was feeling at the moment. It was as if everyone was on the same page. We were all sitting/standing around, witnessing a magical moment that will forever remain with us. We were part of something that was so special… history in the making… a city reborn.

We’ve fought hard to get to this point, and now we’re ready t0 do some celebrating. Buffalo has been “enLIGHTened”.

Part 2: Anchors Away, Buffalo

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is ‘queenseyes’ – Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world’s largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • bettybarcode

    Really well done, people. I have never seen anything like it.

  • Michael DiPasquale

    We owe a ton of appreciation to Tim Tielman and many other people who spent years of time, energy and money making sure this landmark was saved. The outcome is spectacular. Like others, I believe the process at ROC can provide a good model for the Central Terminal.

  • Terrier1

    What a fantastic beginning to the Garden Walk Buffalo weekend!

  • Dylan Burns

    It really was awe-inspiring. Does anyone know if this is planned to be a yearly event? It seemed to be alluded to that it would happen again, but no one said definitively.

    • Louis Tully

      A BPO employee that came by my house for Garden Walk yesterday said it depends on funding. Grant (from NYS?) made this happen.

      • Dylan Burns

        Hopefully the extremely apparent success of the production will make it easy to get future funding.

  • namename

    If only the people who decided to hang out and not watch it and talk over the orchestra decided to leave then maybe it would have been perfect. Also why were people flying drones? Other than that it was great.

    • Louis Tully

      My parents said plenty of people were inconsiderate of the grounds, also.

      • bburbs

        Many people just standing on the pathways in front of people who had already claimed a spot on the lawn with their chairs, blocking their view. Reminiscent of the geeks at the Bisons Games who let their darling kids stand in the first row during games screaming and whining for a baseball, or the fans who stand up in the middle of an inning , turn their back on the field and talk to someone behind them , oblivious to the fact they are blocking the view of people actually watching the Bisons struggle to score a run and win one game out of a homestand. (Don’t get me going) To quote your president, BAD SAD

      • mightyNiagara

        hah! i saw a cop pull a grown “adult” out of a garden where he placed his “vagina” blow up chair. the guy said to the cop, “but there’s dirt here”

        what a dick. i think i’ll trample through a garden to get my own spot.

    • HwA

      I don’t disagree but you always get that type of behavior at free events. Too many people show up not because they are interested in the event (the music or the light show) but because it’s free so why not?

  • bburbs

    Despite my other rant, to me this magnificent event could be looked on as a coronation of the revival ian renaissance of Buffalo. Five years ago you would not even imagine such an event taking place, let alone even being thought of here in our City. There is still a long way to go, however it looks like the City of Lights has returned and the McKinley Curse has been diminished(when the Bills/ Sabres win c Championship, the curse will be vanquished)

  • mightyNiagara

    meh. it could have been better.
    for a light show, the BPO could have played more exciting eventful songs which would make the light show pop. nope. just one of two lively tunes the rest melancholy and sleepy time.
    don’t get me wrong, i love the idea, but make it exciting! and keep doing it. project of the Connecticut street armory from Columbus park! Project on City hall! Project the central terminal!