The Astoria Column’s new lighting system was put through its paces Monday night, merging from one color combination to the next for an audience that included city councilors and other community leaders.

A new LED lighting system was recently installed allowing for a greater array of lighting effects and colors.

Column Lights

Jordan Schnitzer, center, was in attendance at the Astoria Column for the demonstration of the new lights.

The display on Monday followed a City Council meeting where the Friends of the Astoria Column, the group that maintains the city’s landmark, presented an annual report.

The group drafted a lighting policy for the Column earlier this year and it was approved by the City Council in March.

Under the new policy, the Column will no longer be lit for causes. Instead, it will be lit with colored lights for federally recognized holidays and to celebrate days significant to the city’s history and heritage.

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