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Holiday fests envisioned for Lake George

Holiday lighting show - all season long

While Blais was talking about launching the New Year's Day fest, Perry and Crocitto proposed to their respective boards the lights-and-sound spectacle for the village, to be presented in recurring weekend shows between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve.

The Holiday Lights Spectacle would feature lavish, extensive lighting displays in both Shepard Park and on buildings opposite the park on Canada Street. The tens of thousands of lights would not only offer an ongoing display, but be computer-controlled to be synchronized to recorded music for recurring 15-minute shows, three to four nights per week, they said.

Such shows, like in Florida's Hollywood Studios and the city of St. Augustine, annually draw tens of thousands of people, Crocitto said.

"A festival of lights like this could draw people from hundreds of miles away," Crocitto said. Crocitto and Perry showed a DVD recording Monday of such a festival to their respective boards, which responded with enthusiasm.

Crocitto said that during the holiday season, decked-out trolleys could run between Lake George and the outlet malls on state Rte. 9 in Queensbury to shuttle shoppers into the village for the light shows.

Perry said such a festival of lights could be a major boost to tourism.

"This could draw national attention to Lake George," he said, predicting it could be launched as soon as next November. "It could be a wild success."

Perry said it would be a vital boost to Lake George businesses in an off-season.

"This could breathe new life into Lake George," Perry added.

Perry and Crocitto said the lighting display and shows could be bankrolled by occupancy tax receipts. Perry suggested garnering corporate sponsorships - General Electric, he said, would be a natural backer. Crocitto said the cost of the lighting and infrastructure could be bonded by the two municipalities and paid off over several years.

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