BayPort Credit Union NlightN Holiday Event Series
Friday, December 13, 2019
A brand new holiday experience comes to Brooks Crossing (550 30th Street) in the Southeast Community with the innovative ARTech Lights, a BayPort Credit Union NlightN event, on Friday, December 13, 3:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. At the heart of the event is a giant, animated, lighted double helix art installation that will shine nightly through December. Its illumination with be celebrated with hands-on “Techtivities,” food and beverage vendors, a bonfire, a “silent disco,” fire performers, a DJ, and a skating rink (skating rink will also be open on December 14 & 15).
The double helix art installation is a 90-foot long wave machine made out of steel, wire rope, half-inch electrical conduit with wiffle balls on each end and looks like a strand of DNA. It has 5,000 computer-controlled LED lights for a colorful holiday show. The local artists, Kevin Jordan and Dr. George Neil, have exhibited this sculpture around the world, including the Burning Man festival.
“Techtivities” inside the Brooks Crossing Innovation Lab will include creating holiday crafts using various technologies, augmented and virtual reality games as well as music related activities. Jefferson Lab will offer a make-and-take lanyard craft and activities to explore UV light. Newport News Shipbuilding’s Integrated Digital Shipbuilding Mobile Experience (MX) trailer will be on site showcasing innovative technologies and software used in shipbuilding and ship repair and the shipyard’s Education Outreach Team will offer a variety hands-on activities and exhibits. All ages will enjoy playing with LED light-up hula hoops, jump ropes, and “painting” with light.
Free activities include a “Silent Disco” where people can dance to their choice of music through head phones and a synthetic surface “ice” skating rink (skating rink will also be open December 14 from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and December 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; adult must sign waivers for children to skate). A festive bonfire will warm the event, and fire performers will perform throughout the evening.
Food vendors will be on site selling a variety of items including coffee (Column 15), funnel cakes (Pennsylvania Dutch Funnel Cakes of Virginia), seafood (Mama Neem’s Mobile Seafood Kitchen), and Puerto Rican food (El Coqui). Craft holiday beers will be sold with proceeds benefiting Newport News Sister Cities.
Admission and parking are free. Event updates will be posted on Twitter @nnfestivals, Instagram - nnspecialevents, and Facebook www.facebook.com/NewportNewsFestivals. For more information or special assistance, call 757-926-1400.