Drones and Music to Enliven Winter Lights at the Nature Center

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 Justin Hanft and his very high tech Dream It Do It quad-copter will be taking pictures and video of the amazing light display during two evenings of Winter Lights at the Nature Center. Scouts and other youth can increase their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) knowledge and earn a Winter Lights patch. In addition, music will be live indoors every evening of the three-weekends event.
Justin Hanft and his very high tech Dream It Do It quad-copter will be taking pictures and video of the amazing light display during two evenings of Winter Lights at the Nature Center. Scouts and other youth can increase their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) knowledge and earn a Winter Lights patch. In addition, music will be live indoors every evening of the three-weekends event.

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Audubon Nature Center

As if 10,000 LED lights and 14 lasers weren’t enough, Winter Lights at the Nature Center is adding live music every night as well as drone photography.
On two of the eight nights of the show, Justin Hanft and his Dream It Do It WNY (DIDIWNY) drone will capture photos and video of the incredible lighting display.
Outside you can literally play with the lights, and on Friday, December 11, and Thursday, December 17, you can watch Dream It Do It’s DJI Inspire 1 Drone do its amazing work. Then come indoors to learn about the technology and engineering of the lights as well as DIDIWNY’s information on manufacturing careers and up and coming technologies in the field of manufacturing.
Dream It Do It is a Western New York nonprofit whose mission is to increase the skilled workforce pipeline entering careers in advanced manufacturing. DIDIWNY accomplishes this mission by attracting students, through fun and exciting Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) based activities. DIDIWNY also coordinates the annual STEM Wars & Manufacturing Career Fair, a regional competition for local school districts at Jamestown Community College in March.
Winter Lights at the Nature Center will be 5:30-8:30 p.m., Thursdays-Saturdays, December 10-12 and 17-19, and Saturday and Sunday, December 26 and 27.
A full line-up of live music will be served along with the hot chocolate and snacks for sale inside. On the schedule are:

  • Thursday, December 10: Ryan Kinal
  • Friday, December 11: TBD
  • Saturday, December 12: Smackdab
  • Thursday, December 17: Ryan Kinal
  • Friday, December 18: Elektra Kings
  • Saturday, December 19: Band of Peace
  • Saturday, December 26: Joel Forsgren and Rose Segel
  • Sunday, December 27: Davis & Eng

The show is sponsored by Northwest Saving Bank, whose generous donation has helped provide new and improved areas at Winter Lights this year.
For a Winter Lights preview on Youtube, check out www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UtZsrIckuc.
Prices are $10, $8 for children 3-15, and free for children two and under. Reservations are not necessary. Call or visit the website for youth group rates.
The Audubon Nature Center is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. New winter hours for the building and Blue Heron Gift Shop are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Sunday 1-4:30 p.m. Bald eagle viewing and trails are open dawn to dusk daily.
To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.