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Christmas lights

December 23, 2012 - 9:45pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in elba, Christmas lights, bergen.

This evening I drove through Bergen and Elba taking pictures of houses with Christmas lights.

Above 12 Munger St., Bergen

5927 Byron Elba Road, Byron

7474 Oak Orchard Road, Elba

There's a link in the slide show to purchase prints of these photos.

December 22, 2012 - 11:08pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Christmas lights, le roy pavilion.

Every year I promise myself (and there's always a couple of requests) that this year I'm going outside of Batavia to shoot Christmas light pictures.  Tonight, I made it to Le Roy and then swung down to Pavilion.

If your house is in the gallery and you would like to purchase a print, click the "visit gallery" link in the slide show (I hear the metallic prints look really great).
December 21, 2012 - 1:01am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Christmas lights.

Tonight, I took another drive around Batavia taking pictures of homes with Christmas light displays. Again, I tried to concentrate on homes that possibly I hadn't photographed before, though I believe their are a few duplicates. While I haven't been down every street in the city this year, I have, at this point, been through all the neighborhoods. Sorry if you have a great light display this year and I didn't get to it. To purchase prints of these photos click the "visit gallery" link in the slide show.

December 19, 2012 - 9:08pm
posted by Kyle Schwab in Christmas, Christmas lights, Fargo Road, Jim DiSalvo.

Jim, Connie, and Annabella DiSalvo in front of their home on Fargo Road.

The DiSalvos have been bringing Christmastime merriment to children and adults alike for three quarters of a score, and counting. The Fargo Road Lights are a staple on the holiday itinerary of many for miles around. Over a mile of underground cabling and hundreds of heavy-duty extension cords come together to power a plethora of recognizable characters from every holiday book and jingle imaginable. Not to mention, a million multicolored lights dot the landscape in every direction.

We are reminded by such communal generosity – that there may be no greater gift to our little ones than all those many moments we can go out and find with them, that instill a snowballing sense of wonder, splendor, and amazement in their eyes with the world around them. There is comfort in the knowledge that kindness can be genuine and compassion abundant. It's not far – in this case, it's down the road, and over the hill.

As always, Jim, Connie, and Annabella encourage you to come and explore. You are more than free to get out of your car and roam around. And this Christmas weekend, maybe – just maybe – we'll even get a bit of snow to go with all those pretty lights.

Top Photo: Jim, Connie, and Annabella DiSalvo in front of their home on Fargo Road.

Visitors are encouraged to get out of their cars and take it all in.

Visitors are warmly encouraged to get out of their cars to really take it all in.

December 12, 2012 - 12:29am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Christmas lights.

I spent some time this evening driving around Batavia and taking pictures of houses with Christmas lights. I've done this each of the past few years (a tradition of The Batavian started by Brian Hillabush). This slide show contains 18 photos. Hopefully, between now and Christmas I'll have time to take more pictures. Tonight I concentrated on trying to find houses I hadn't photographed in previous years. I probably have some duplicates, but hopefully we're featuring some homes that haven't been included in previous years.

December 10, 2012 - 11:29pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Area Jaycees, Christmas lights.

With the announcement this morning from the Batavia Area Jaycees of their annual Christmas lights display winners, I drove through Batavia this evening and got pictures of the five houses.

Above, 108 Ellsworth Ave., the traditional winner.

16 Vine St., most colorful.

101 Naramore, overall winner.

23 Meadowcrest Drive, most commercial.

20 Valle Drive, simple and elegant.

I also drove by 19 Trumbull Parkway, the honorable mention, but the lights weren't on.

December 19, 2011 - 9:05am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Christmas lights.

Press release:

The Batavia Area Jaycees were out driving around on December 18th looking at all the homes that had decorated for the holiday season. We didn’t get a chance to see every house, but what we did see made judging tough!

There are a lot of beautiful homes decorated throughout the community. These awards are meant to be given out as a friendly community project. If you have any questions about the contest, please leave the Jaycees a message at 343-5775.

Homes were judged on five different categories and the winners are:

  • Most Traditional – 107 Grandview Terrace
  • Simple & Elegant – 323 State Street
  • Most Colorful – 237 Vine Street
  • Most Commercial – 206 North Spruce Street
  • Overall – 37 Union Street

The judging committee also had a few Honorable Mentions to give away:

Outside the City Limits:

  • 8485 Stringham Drive & 3927 West Main Street
  • 28 Roosevelt Avenue & 16 Vine Street

Some roads we thought did a great job: Redfield Parkway, Union Street, Elm Street, Stringham Drive & Violet Lane.

December 17, 2011 - 9:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Christmas lights.

A homeowner on Stringham Drive has created a light show at his house.

December 17, 2011 - 8:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos, Christmas lights.

Here's the Christmas light photos I was able to shoot this evening.

I've not been down, necessarily, every street in Batavia, but over the past week I've been through every neighborhood. Time permitting, next week I'll try to get out to some of the villages.

Above, North Avenue.

Victorian Drive

North Spruce Street

Naramore Drive

Belvedere Drive

Garden Drive

Garden Drive

Fordham Drive

Grandview Terrace

Stringham Drive

December 13, 2011 - 11:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, Stafford, Christmas lights, Jim DiSalvo.

As of 7 p.m., more than 450 children had arrived at the DiSalvo residence on Fargo Road in Stafford to see Jim DiSalvo's spectacular Christmas light show.

Jim said it was the biggest turn out ever. 

Boy Scout troops from throughout the region were a big part of the attendance.

This year, high school students earning community service credits conducted tours of the multi-acre light display.

December 13, 2011 - 11:03pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos, Christmas lights.

I was able to get out and about after sunset this evening. Here's a few of the houses I photographed in all their Christmas light splendor.

Above, Vine Street.

Ellicott Street

Ellicott Place

Backyard, Ellicott Place

Ellicott Place

Trumbull Parkway

Elm Street

Elm Street

Elm Street

Bank Street

Bank Street

December 12, 2011 - 11:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Christmas lights.

For the first time this season, I had some time to get out in the evening and snap some Christmas light pictures. Hopefully, I'll get out more between now and Dec. 25. (If there are photographers in Le Roy, Bergen, Oakfield, Corfu, etc., who have DSLRs and tripods who want to take pictures from their villages, we'd love to see them -- every year it's been hard for me to get beyond Batavia and I'm suspecting this year won't be any different).

Above, Jackson Street

Washington Avenue

Lewis Avenue

Ganson Avenue

Maple Street

Highland Avenue

Kibbe Avenue

Elmwood Avenue

December 25, 2010 - 9:05am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Christmas lights.

Nominations for this poll are based on what I was able to get out and photograph, and of those, my favorites.

This year's Christmas light pictures can be purchased by clicking here.

December 25, 2010 - 8:18am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia Area Jaycees, Christmas lights.

Most Colorful - 8485 Stringham Drive.JPG

Joseph Richmond of the Batavia Area Jaycees submitted this pictures of the group's annual Christmas lights contest winners.

Above, Most Colorful - 8485 Stringham Drive.

More pictures after the jump:

December 23, 2010 - 8:10am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia Area Jaycees, Christmas lights.

The Batavia Area Jaycees have announced the winners of their annual Christmas Light Contest, with awards in six categories this year, plus some honorable mentions.

Judging took place the evening of Dec. 18.

The winners are:

  • Most Traditional: 12 Vernon Ave.
  • Simple & Elegant: 14 Union St.
  • Most Colorful: 8485 Stringham Drive
  • Most Commercial: 21 Union Ave.
  • Overall Winner: 2 Lincoln Ave.
  • Friends of the Lighting Company: 16 Vine St.

An unannounced category for the Most Patriotic Theme was given to 24 Roosevelt Ave.

Honorable Mentions: All of Redfield Parkway; 16 and 18 Tracy Ave. (The Jaycees liked the wreath connecting the houses, which fits with a part of the Jaycee's Creed,  "The Brotherhood of Man..."); and 120 Elm St., for its hand-painted sign.

December 22, 2010 - 9:40pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Christmas lights.


In my drive around this evening looking for Batavia's interesting Christmas lights, I found this handsomely decorated tractor on Roosevelt.

And below, a brightly lit house (the back yard is also decorated) on Ellicott Place.


More pictures after the jump:

December 21, 2010 - 10:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Christmas lights.


For Christmas photos tonight, I managed to get around a bit on the north side of town.

Above, Joe Gerace has his place on Vine Street quite lit up.

More pictures after the jump:

December 21, 2010 - 3:24pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Alabama, Christmas lights.


James Dwyer spends most of his year driving coast-to-coast as a long-haul trucker, but for two weeks around Christmas, he gets to stay home, so he parks his truck and drapes strands of more than 400 feet of Christmas lights over it.

The 48-foot-long flatbed trailer is decorated by his wife with various animated characters.

He's been decorating his truck every Christmas for about eight years and he says each year it seems to grow in popularity, with more and more people driving by his Knowlesville Road home to check it out. To get there, take Lewiston Road/Lockport Road in Alabama and head north on Knowlesville.



December 16, 2010 - 10:26pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Christmas lights.


As part of our ongoing series of local Christmas lights, here are six pictures taken tonight.

Above, Lincoln Avenue.

More after the jump:

December 10, 2010 - 3:15pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Christmas lights.


Last evening, I took pictures of Christmas lights of several homes on the south side of Batavia. Above a home on Ganson Avenue.

More pictures after the jump:




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