Skyline Garage/Ash Brokerage complex to participate in Night of Lights for first time

The programmed holiday light display will feature red and green lights.

The Skyline Garage and Ash Brokerage building will feature a programmed holiday light display in red and green lights as the complex participates for the first time this year in the annual Night of Lights festivities on Nov. 22. (By Gail Herendeen for Baldus Company/ courtesy of the city of Fort Wayne.)

The Skyline Garage, which is part of the Ash Brokerage complex, will get into the holiday spirit this year with a special holiday light show debuting Nov. 22 during the annual Night of Lights festivities in downtown Fort Wayne.

“When you see it, it gives a whole different vibe to the street,” Tami Brigle, Ash Brokerage marketing content specialist, said of the lights on the garage, which is owned and operated by the city of Fort Wayne.

This if the first year Skyline Garage and Ash Brokerage have participated in the Night of Lights.

The garage exterior includes an array of LED lights that can be programmed to change colors, imitate movement and create patterns, said Mary Tyndall, public information officer for the city’s Community Development department. The lights are in use year-round and can be programmed to coincide with holidays or events.

For this year’s holiday season, the city has contracted with Associated Controls +Design of Indianapolis to write a seasonal lighting program, Tyndall said. The lights will shine red and green in color and will cycle through the program every minute.

The holiday lights program probably will continue to through the end of the year, Tyndall said.

The Skyline Garage light display is scheduled to be turned on at 6:40 p.m. Nov. 22, just after the lighting at 6:20 p.m. of the Wolf & Dessauer Santa Claus and reindeer light display on the back of the PNC bank building at Main and Calhoun streets.

People will be invited to gather in the parking lot across from the east side of the Ash Brokerage/Skyline Garage building, where they will see the longest span of the programmable lights on the structure, said Ryan Fox, Ash Brokerage’s talent acquisition and career development leader. The programmable lights also will be operating on the north and south sides of the building.

People on the street probably also will be able to see the Christmas tree that Ash Brokerage plans to set up inside the glass atrium at the southeast corner of its offices, Fox said.

Ash Brokerage didn’t participate in Night of Lights last year because the company had moved into the building in June 2016 and still was getting used to its new home, Brigle said.

Now that the company has settled in, Ash Brokerage hopes to take an active part in downtown traditions, she added.


Here is the schedule for the Night of the Lights on Nov. 22:

• 5:30 p.m.: History Center Turret Lighting, Barr and Berry streets

• 5:45 p.m.: Christ Child Festival Nativity Lighting, Ross Building on Main Street at Maiden Lane

• 5:50 p.m.: Aunt Millie’s Northern Lights, 350 Pearl St.

• 5:55 p.m.: Community Center Santa’s Workshop Display, 233 W. Main St.

• 6:20 p.m.: Santa and His Reindeer on PNC Bank, Main and Calhoun streets

• 6:40 p.m.: Ash Brokerage Holiday Illumination, Harrison and Berry streets

• 7 p.m.: Wells Fargo Holiday Display and Indiana Michigan Power Merry Christmas Wreath, I&M Power Center Plaza at Calhoun and Wayne streets

• 7:15 p.m.: Botanical Conservatory & Embassy Theatre Displays, Jefferson Boulevard at Calhoun Street

• 7:30 p.m.: Ringing of the Bells, downtown churches and Allen County Public Library carillon

• 7:45 p.m.: Parkview Field Holiday Fireworks, Jefferson Boulevard


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