Keep Sedona Beautiful wants to inform all of our members that the Sedona Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau will be holding a four day “Sedona’s Northern Lights” event. There will be a 15-minute light show projected on Camelhead Rock (next to Snoopy Rock) every hour at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm. The event will run from Thursday December 14 through Sunday December 17.
As described by the Chamber, this 4-day event will celebrate Sedona’s beauty, arts, dark skies and stunning landscapes. This event will launch the year-long 60th Anniversary celebration of the Sedona Arts Center.
KSB feels that our dark skies are one of our most precious assets. The information that the Chamber of Commerce shared with KSB suggests that the light show, as proposed, will not have an adverse impact on our dark skies.
One of our Board members viewed a test of the technology that was held a number of weeks ago, and reports that while the red rocks were certainly illuminated by the projectors, there did not seem to be light spillage that negatively impacted our dark skies. The technology did seem to confine the impact of lighting just to the rocks themselves.
While we do not support holding this civic event, we do not feel that it is appropriate for KSB to oppose it. Our neutral stance is predicated on the very temporary nature of the event – four 15-minute showings over the course of four days. KSB would strongly oppose any proposal to hold an event like this more than once a year.
Please know that we will be monitoring the event and its impact, evaluating whether or not we should remain neutral regarding future short-duration events of this type.