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West Street new Holiday Light Canopy is Magical

Dec 08, 2016 10:09AM ● By Cate Reynolds

Holiday Light Canopy, Photo by Alison Harbaugh

December 7, 2016, Annapolis -- After this past Sundays huge turnout for the Chocolate Binge Festival, West Street merchants had one more surprise for Annapolis for the Holidays. A newly expanded Holiday Light Canopy that now goes several blocks from Church Circle to the new Light House Bistro. At the conclusion to The festival some of the West Street merchants along with Mayor Pantelides, Alex Nunez representing BGE (this years title sponsor) and Erik Evans the Inner West Street Association / Annapolis Arts District Executive Director climbed unto the main stage at the festival to pull the lever to light up West Street's new Holiday Light Canopy.

"The businesses along West Street are very community oriented" says Erik Evans. "I see them everyday doing things to make the West Street community a better place for all." They wanted to expand a light canopy that had been started last year over the first block of West Street that was also used as both a Holiday Light Canopy and brought back this summer for their newest dinning experience Dinner Under the Stars. A committee was quickly put together of West Street businesses owners to help with fundraising and design that included Gavin Buckley, Jody Danek, Brian Cahalan and Katherine Burke. They quickly learned that almost every business owner they asked along West Street quickly responded to how they wanted to help make the Holiday Light Canopy happen. Most businesses under the Holiday Lights has contributed in some form. "We are stronger together" says Gavin Buckley owner of Metropolitan. Even the streets newest business BGE quickly jumped on board. They opened an office on the second block of West Street this summer. When they heard about the project the quickly stepped in making a contribution to become the title sponsor.
Flipping the Switch to the BGE Holiday Light Canopy over West Street (Erik Evans, Brian Cahalan, Jody Danek Mayor Pantelides, Alex Nunez and Gavin Buckley (Left to Right) --Photo by Allison Harbaugh
After the lights was illuminated the crowds all had their phones in the air photographing and videoing the lights. "The lights are just magical" says Katherine Burke from The Annapolis Collection Gallery." I see people constantly coming out in the evening to get their picture taken with the lights in the background." As you enter downtown Annapolis via West Street and the Annapolis Arts District you can not help but to get into a festive Holiday spirit as you are under the canopy of lights and stars for several blocks.

Make West Street your entry point into downtown Annapolis and check out the lights during this winters big events including Midnight Madness, Yacht Club Light Parade, Military Bowl, and New Years Eve. The BGE Holiday Light Canopy will be illuminating over West Street through mid January.