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By LORI SEARS | December 15, 2005
Ooh and aah at this year's Symphony of Lights display in Columbia. The annual drive-through tour features more than 70 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations. From dancing candy canes and prancing reindeer to colorful toy soldiers, huge igloos and waving snowmen, the display is a showcase of winter wonderland scenes. Symphony of Lights runs through Jan. 1 at Symphony Woods, Columbia. Visitors should use the Merriweather Post Pavilion entrance on Broken Land Parkway.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2011
In what's become a Howard County holiday tradition, tonight the Symphony of Lights display is letting dogs in. For tonight only, people can walk through the festive show with their dogs from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. -- the last dogs can start the trail at 5:15 p.m. What dog wouldn't enjoy a change of scenery for the afternoon walk, a mile and a half stroll through 70 holiday vignettes, all lit up?  The cost is $10 per two-legged walker -- dogs get in free. The proceeds benefit Howard County General Hospital.
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By From Staff Reports | January 11, 1995
Howard County General Hospital raised about $100,000 for its Maternal-Child Health Services and Programs through the Symphony of Lights holiday display at Symphony Woods in Columbia.More than 43,000 vehicles carrying about 200,000 people made the winding, 1.4-mile trip through the central Columbia park to see more than 40 animated and stationary light displays from Nov. 21 to Jan. 1."The hospital views the Symphony of Lights as an overwhelming success, which accomplished our two-fold objective of raising substantial funds for the hospital and doing something special for our community," said David A. Abramson, chairman of the hospital's board of trustees.
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February 1, 2008
Register online to testify at hearing Residents who want to testify at the Howard County Council's legislative hearing Feb. 19 can sign up to testify electronically, starting Monday. The new Web-based sign-up sheet will soon be available at www.howardcountymd.gov/ Countycouncil/CC_Home Page.htm. (Click on "Give Testimony" and follow the instructions.) Those who register can insert the text of the written testimony and receive an e-mail confirmation that the council has received the message.
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By LARRY STURGILL | November 16, 1994
The holiday season is rapidly approaching and, as always, Columbia is blessed with dozens of holiday events for the whole family.One of the new events this year is the Symphony of Lights, presented by the Howard County General Hospital.From Monday through Jan. 1, Symphony Woods will come alive with one of the largest holiday light displays on the East Coast. Every evening from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., it will be illuminated by spectacular animated and stationary light sculptures, featuring leaping reindeer, giant toy soldiers firing cannons, carriages drawn by trotting horses, Santa's North Pole Express and many other colorful light creations.
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By TYRONE RICHARDSON and TYRONE RICHARDSON,SUN REPORTER | January 6, 2006
For several years, J.D. Eddy, president of Eddy's Welding in Ellicott City, has put together exhibits at Merriweather Post Pavilion in preparation for the annual Symphony of Lights. The 32-year-old added to his volunteer duties this past holiday season by directing traffic and handing out information pamphlets to people passing through the 20-minute ride of 70 animated and stationary figures. "I've got three kids, and they were born at Howard County General Hospital, and I have another on the way," Eddy said, explaining his willingness to contribute his time over the holiday season.
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By Kristin Gray and Kristin Gray,Sun Reporter | November 16, 2006
The Howard County General Hospital's annual Symphony of Lights captures the spirit of the wintry season with an exhibit featuring more than 70 stationary light fixtures. The event, which starts Monday, is one of the largest of its kind on the East Coast. Past shows have drawn more than 80,000 visitors. The showcase benefits the hospital's maternal child services and provides a holiday diversion for children and adults. "It's nice because I'm from the area, and I used to attend the Symphony of Lights when I was younger," said Sheila Mackall, Howard County General Hospital's communications manager.
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By Rona Hirsch and Rona Hirsch,Contributing Writer | December 18, 1994
Good morning, Symphony Woods.The television news show "Good Morning America" will tape the holiday lights display "Symphony of Lights" at Columbia's Symphony Woods tonight.The show will air sometime between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. Thursday or Friday.The 4 1/2 -minute piece is a montage of three Christmas "feel good" stories for GMA correspondent Steve Fox's fifth "Annual Christmas Card.""The 'Christmas Card' segments usually feature interesting things going on across the country," said Sandra Aiken, associate producer for "Good Morning America."
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By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | December 19, 1997
With new light displays and milder weather, attendance at Howard County General Hospital's annual holiday light show has increased from last year's disappointing turnout.By the show's 22nd night, at the beginning of this week, 10,399 vehicles had visited the Symphony of Lights exhibit, up from 8,253 by the 22nd night last year.The 917 vehicles that drove through the show on its first night, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, was almost double the 473 recorded last year.As attendance declined in the two previous shows amid increasing competition from similar seasonal light shows in the Baltimore area, organizers took steps to liven up this year's show.
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By Heather Tepe and Heather Tepe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 24, 1999
THE COLUMBIA holiday season began Sunday with the Symphony of Lights 5K Dazzle Dash.More than 1,500 people ran or walked the course -- normally reserved for drive-through enjoyment. The 1 1/2-mile course winds past 70 animated and stationary holiday figures and scenes outlined in lights.Since Howard County General Hospital began the holiday display five years ago, people have asked for an opportunity to enjoy the lights on foot. For the last four years, the hospital has sponsored Dazzle Dash -- a 5K run/walk through the sparkling creations as a way of thanking the community.
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November 7, 2007
Dazzle dash -- Howard Hospital Foundation will sponsor a Dazzle Dash Weekend from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 17 and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 18 in Symphony Woods in Columbia. Runners are invited to participate in the Nov. 17 race, which kicks off the 14th Symphony of Lights and includes a "flick-of-the-switch" ceremony and a chance to see this year's light display along the 1.4-mile course through Symphony Woods. Walkers are invited to stroll through the display and have refreshments and take part in family-friendly activities.
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December 11, 2006
Family Holiday display in Columbia See a Symphony of Lights, a drive-through light display of more than 70 animated and stationary light creations at Symphony Woods, Columbia. Cost is $15-$100 and depends on the number of passengers per vehicle. For more informa tion, call 410-740-7660 or go to hcgh.org.
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November 20, 2006
TODAY SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS -- Beginning tonight, Howard County General Hospital's drive-through Symphony of Lights will take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and holidays through Jan. 7 at 5950 Symphony Woods Road in Columbia. Tickets are $15 for vehicles with up to 11 passengers, $25 for vehicles with 12 to 24 passengers and $100 for buses of 15 or more. www.hcgh.org. TOMORROW BALTIMORE COUNTY SCHOOLS -- The Baltimore County school board will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Education Support Services Building, 6901 Charles St., Towson.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,sun reporter | November 17, 2006
There were deer in need of light bulbs this week, as well as bears with bad circuits and snowflakes not ready to sparkle. But come Sunday, Brad Canfield and his 12-member team plan to have 300,000-plus lights glowing in Columbia as the annual Symphony of Lights display opens for a 49-night run to benefit Howard County General Hospital's maternal and child services. "We just are changing light bulbs like crazy until Sunday," said Canfield, president of Event Consulting and Management, Inc., which contracts with the hospital foundation to run the event.
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By Kristin Gray and Kristin Gray,Sun Reporter | November 16, 2006
The Howard County General Hospital's annual Symphony of Lights captures the spirit of the wintry season with an exhibit featuring more than 70 stationary light fixtures. The event, which starts Monday, is one of the largest of its kind on the East Coast. Past shows have drawn more than 80,000 visitors. The showcase benefits the hospital's maternal child services and provides a holiday diversion for children and adults. "It's nice because I'm from the area, and I used to attend the Symphony of Lights when I was younger," said Sheila Mackall, Howard County General Hospital's communications manager.
NEWS
November 15, 2006
Symphony of Lights offers a party tent Symphony of Lights, Howard County General Hospital's drive-through light display, will introduce the Polar Lounge, a heated hospitality tent for holiday parties. The new facility is to help generate more income for the hospital's maternal child services. in the heart of the light display, the 60- by 40-foot heated tent can be customized to accommodate as many as 125 seated guests. Menu and entertainment options are to be supplied by companies drawn from a list of preferred vendors.
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By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | March 2, 1997
Attendance at Howard County General Hospital's biggest annual fund-raiser -- the "Symphony of Lights" -- dropped last Christmas season for the second year in a row, but the light show raised more money than the previous year.The latest version of the holiday show suffered an almost 25 percent drop in patronage even after promoting new attractions, according to figures released by organizers.The hospital's final tally shows 25,164 vehicles visited the exhibit TTC this year, down from 33,635 vehicles last year and 43,410 vehicles the show's first year.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF | January 2, 2003
As the holidays wind down, a seasonal glow remains at the Symphony of Lights display in Columbia. From its opening Nov. 25 through Monday, 16,000 cars, truck and buses drove past the 70 stationary and animated lighted figures. By the time the exhibit closes Sunday night, organizers hope to have reached 20,000 vehicles. In Symphony of Lights' ninth year, "we are tracking really closely to the last few years," in attendance, said Rachel Miller, associate director of the Howard Hospital Foundation, which sponsors the event.
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