Luminaries create Holiday magic

by Claudia Loucks correspondent

Geneseo’s 2020 Christmas Walk was a “two-part” event this year. Because of the heavy wet snow on Saturday, Dec. 12, Geneseo’s Victorian Luminary Display was postponed until Saturday, Dec. 19, and was to be a “stand alone” event, according to Zack Sullivan, executive director of the Geneseo Chamber of Commerce.

He refers to the recent luminary display as a “lighting in a bottle” moment…Sullivan, a graduate of the GHS Class of 2000 and a GHS Choir alum explained, “I reached out to Pam Edwards, (GHS choir dept. assistant), to request caroling during the display. Pam then reached out to her network which attracted the attention of GHS Madrigal Alum. 

There were about 30 Madrigal singers in the band shell on Saturday evening, and Sullivan said, “Everything just clicked and the entire collaboration came together in about 48 hours.

The Pioneer Family in City Park can be seen at night from the glow of the display of luminaries.
Madrigal Alum of Geneseo High School, presented a surprise performance on Dec. 19 in City Park, with the only light being from the luminary display.
Payton Hofer, left; his sister Emma Hofer; Emma Slaymaker and Misty Slaymaker were among the volunteers setting up the luminaries in Geneseo City Park for the lighted luminary display the evening of Saturday, Dec. 19. Zack Sullivan, executive director of the Geneseo Chamber of Commerce, said there were 1,200 luminaries on display in City Park as well as along the boulevard on State St.