The Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge – aka "The Hoan" – will soon be permanently aglow with seasonal lighting, and this week Milwaukee will get a glimpse of what it will look like in all of its illuminated glory.
The display will light up during the evenings of Thursday, Nov. 1 and Friday, Nov. 2 with an expanded palette of more than a billion saturated colors. These stunning dynamic effects can then be programmed to commemorate special events, holidays and important civic causes, such as green and gold for the Packers, rainbow during Pride Weekend, etc.
Thursday's demo will take place at the Sail Loft, 649 E. Erie St., where the lights will be controlled from a laptop in the restaurant. The Bucks/Celtics game will sync with the bulbs on the Hoan Bridge, meaning lights will dance with every winning play. There will also be a FB Live on the Light the Hoan page to catch the splendor online.
On Friday, Light the Hoan supporters hosts a photo contest where participants can post pictures of themselves and the glowing bridge on Facebook and other social media platforms with the hashtag #lightthehoan.
Signify, the world leader in lighting, will temporarily install connected LED lighting on the bridge and representatives from Signify will spend hours this week installing a partial panel of dynamic LED lights on the city-facing, north end of the bridge.
Signify has illuminated some of the most iconic landmarks in the world, including the Empire State Building, the Jacques Cartier Bridge in Montreal, the Allianz Arena in Munich and the London Eye.
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Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.