Chesapeake Energy Gets Lit

Corporate grounds open to public for Christmas display

by Bruce Felps

The Fort Worth night sky burns bright with holiday cheer thanks to Chesapeake Energy.

The natural gas company recently decked its halls in holiday lights — big ones, too — that can be seen from just about all points Cowtown, particularly the 1,000-watt babies, 68 of them, atop Chesapeake Plaza. The 107 trees on the campus grounds also blaze with red, green, and blue because they are wrapped roots to crowns by a total of 672,000 rainbow-hued lights.

Sound impressive? Go see for yourself.

The plaza grounds are open to the public every night, now through the end of the month-year, from dusk ‘til … well, whenever security tells you to leave.

Take a picnic basket and make an evening of it. Take a tent and sleeping bag and make a night of it. You might want to take bail money, too, if you opt for that second, um, option.

The lights wrapping the trees, according to a company spokesman, are the energy-efficient type, probably the curly ones. The 68 1,000-watt blinders, though, are your run-of-the-mill conventional old bulbs … only they’re 1,000 watts.

So go, see, enjoy, because nothing says holidays like a little corporate excess.

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He has exactly zero Christmas lights adorning his oh-so-humble abode.

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