adida Lights to shinoe on Lockport landmarks for sesquicentennial
Two well known Lockport structures will be lighted up for the upcoming sesquicentennial celebration.
St. Mary’s steeple and Union Station will be illuminated to represent the history they share with the city.
As plans for the city’s 150th celebration continue, All Saints Parish and The Chapel had the idea to light up the steeple for three days during the event in honor of Lockport. The steeple will be lit for the birthday celebration from July 3 to 5.
“As part of Lockport’s more recent history, The Chapel is honored to participate in this unique celebration,” Jonathan Drake, campus pastor for The Chapel’s Lockport Campus, said. “We wholeheartedly affirm that Lockport can be and should be proud of its rich history and that Lockport can be and should be hopeful of what is yet to come. The vibrancy of this community continues to demonstrate unity and support for one another, and that makes Lockport’s future look very bright.”
Rev. Walter Szczesny, pastor of All Saints Parish,
said the church is happy to collaborate with The Chapel and the community to illuminate the steeple on Walnut Street.
“The steeple is symbolic of the rich heritage of the many churches in Lockport,” Szczesny said.
Ellen Martin heard of the plan, and while she and a friend were driving past Union Station on Union Street, the idea occurred to her to also light up that structure. She said they called owner Mark Davidson and asked if he would be interested in participating.
Martin said Davidson said “sure, sounds like fun.”
Martin, a handful of her friends and the owner’s two sons and nephew spent Saturday cleaning up the area in preparation to be illuminated. The power will be restored and lighting installed.
“It looks great,” she said. “We want to celebrate it as the ruin it is.”
Martin said she often hears people comment and ask “why don’t they do something with this?”
“We just did,” she said. “This is giving it a real purpose. We turned it into something very fun and iconic about Lockport.”
Martin thinks that lighting up the two structures,
“will be fun” and will “just celebrate Lockport as we always do.”