Seriously, this is late fall? With temps in the mid 60s? Well, maybe the calendar puts us deep in the middle of autumn. But about the only hints of winter heading our way we've spotted in the Square the past few days are the workers who are assembling the first stages of Pittsburgh's first Market Square Seasons of Lights display created by Blachere Illuminations.
Now, not that we're counting, but crews were busy the past few days decking out the square with the first few hundred or so of the 143,268 lights that will brighten up the Square through the early part of January, thanks to the generosity of the Colcom Foundation. Along with decking the lamp posts around the Square with boughs of twinkling lights, the installers were busy raising the signature piece of the Season of Lights — the 33-foot tall "sphere tree" and its more than 27,000 energy-efficient LED bulbs. Every night through its run, the Seasons of Light display will dazzle visitors to the Square with extremely awesome choreographed and synchronized shows set to everyone's favorite holiday tunes.
So, there we were, in the Square during the Thursday Farmers Market — which is extended into December — enjoying a few pierogies and buying some fresh veggies and a couple of fresh-baked pies for dinner. Everywhere we looked, everyone in the Square was catching some amazingly warm rays during what seemed like a citywide long lunch break. Still, we couldn't help but imagine the electric winter wonderland that's in store for Downtown when we flip the "on" switch for the Market Square Season of Lights.