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Night Lights at Ellicottville’s Nannen Deemed Success

Left to right: Doug Sitler, NIGHT LIGHTS, John Burrell, Ellicottville town supervisor, Nan Miller, Nannen Arboretum Society, Charlie Jurenko, Nannen Arboretum Society, Greg Cappelli, Ellicottville Rotary, Paul Kingston, Nannen Arboretum and Brian McFadden, Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce.

Left to right: Doug Sitler, NIGHT LIGHTS, John Burrell, Ellicottville town supervisor, Nan Miller, Nannen Arboretum Society, Charlie Jurenko, Nannen Arboretum Society, Greg Cappelli, Ellicottville Rotary, Paul Kingston, Nannen Arboretum and Brian McFadden, Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce.

Show will Return in 2015

Despite fighting off some cool and damp weather early in the show, NIGHT LIGHTS at Ellicottville’s Nannen Arboretum was deemed a success by show producers and community leaders. For four consecutive weekends concluding on June 7, NIGHT LIGHTS transformed the Nannen Arboretum with colorful and creative lights, as well as art and entertainment. NIGHT LIGHTS is expected to return to the Nannen Arboretum in 2015.

Positive feedback and good attendance are two reasons why NIGHT LIGHTS plans to return next year. There is thought of moving it into the fall months to capitalize on Ellicottville visitors.

NIGHT LIGHTS creator Doug Sitler cites the success of the show resided with several cooperating partners who helped produced the event.

“We were able to produce the show in Ellicottville because many people from the community wanted it to happen and gave us tremendous support. I can’t say enough good things about people like Brian McFadden of the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce, Town Supervisor John Burrell, Greg Cappelli of Ellicottville Rotary, Jackie Gardner of Cattaraugus County tourism, Justin Dineen of the Town Center, and Nan Miller and the Nannen Arboretum Society. Together we were able to create a really unique event for Ellicottville that was enjoyed by hundreds of residents and visitors.”

NIGHT LIGHTS also featured numerous local artists who showed their works and created art on-site. Participating artists were Matt Loveless, Darlene Allen, Todd Plough, Theresa Heinz, Casey Brink, Karley Miller, Keith McKale, Mike Weishan, Earth House, Debra Eck, Dark Star, Mark Reginald WonderGhost. Ellicottville artists Patricia Eckstrom and Sean Huntington, who have an art studio at the Town Center, had their studio open every evening during the show.

Several Ellicottville organizations helped with the event. The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce helped coordinate participation by numerous Ellicottville entities and town departments. The chamber led the marketing efforts both inside and outside of Ellicottville. They also provided the cookies that were sold at the Rotary’s concession stand.

Town of Ellicottville Supervisor John  Burrell and Town Center Manager Justin Dineen were extremely helpful working with the NIGHT LIGHTS crew at the Town Center. The Town Center’s auditorium and stage were available a few nights when the weather was a little wet or cold.

Led by Greg Cappelli, the Ellicottville Rotary and its members hosted a refreshment stand each evening of NIGHT LIGHTS. Cappelli recruited many volunteers to assist, including several Ellicottville high school students who received community service credits. The Rotary also provided pop-up tents, tables and chairs that were used throughout the venue.

The Nannen Arboretum Society used the event to promote their organization. Each evening, the Society had two volunteers on hand to meet guests and to tell them about the arboretum and its programs.

Team VP/ERA Real Estate assisted the NIGHT LIGHTS crew with housing during the installation of the lights.

Jackie Gardner and the Cattaraugus County tourism department were also instrumental in helping market the NIGHT LIGHTS show.

The Nannen Arboretum was recently presented with donation checks from both NIGHT LIGHTS and the Ellicottville Rotary.

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