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I’m entering final testing for the Christmas light show. I hope to have it ready to go live the day after Thanksgiving. The greatest challenges are electrical, as usual. There might not be enough power in this house, initially, and I might resort to adding circuits.
Update: Fri Nov 28 05:11:18 CST 2014
Everything is tested and running. There were a few comm problems resolved on Thanksgiving evening, and the FM transmitter appears to be working. I still would like to range-check it but it’s definitely working.
The show runs from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Sunday through Thursday and 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm Friday and Saturday, starting the day after Thanksgiving through December 31. The show may be suspended when weather does not permit the safe operation of the show, or because of technical difficulties. This is my first Christmas here and I had to redo all the sequences. It’s very possible that I encounter technical/electrical problems, especially this first year. Please be patient, and check my Twitter Feed for updated cancellation information.
The show is an 18 minute and 21 second loop of musical sequences featuring the following song titles. For the arrangement/recording, you’ll just have to see the show.
- Auld Lang Syne
- Dominic the Italian Christmas Donkey
- ‘Zat You, Santa Claus?
- O Tannenbaum
- Winter Wonderland
- Jingle Bell Rock
As always, and with all Christmas light displays, unless otherwise directed by law enforcement officials or the show host:
General Show Guidelines
- Please be respectful and courteous to our friends and neighbors. Observing all of the rules will be greatly appreciated.
- Please be kind to our neighbors and do not block traffic or driveways, park or walk on anyone’s lawn, blow horns, or play your radio too loudly.
- For the viewing pleasure of our other guests, we ask that you please turn off your headlights while in front of the display.
- WARNING!!! Due to the high electrical voltage that runs the show, please DO NOT enter the show area or yard for any reason! Failure to observe this rule could result in serious injury or death!
- Do not litter!
- Be courteous to others.
Specific Show Guidelines
These guidelines are specific to my show. The intersection where my house is located is busy. These guidelines will help maintain the flow of traffic and protect the safety of pedestrians and show guests.
- If you are driving to the show and you stop your vehicle, please turn OFF your headlights, but keep your running/parking lights on, if possible. This is so that other vehicles driving through the intersection will see your car. If you depart your car, but intend to stay for less than half an hour, please consider leaving your running/parking lights on.
- If the weather permits (e.g. it is not too cold, and you don’t need your heater) please consider turning your engine off to save fuel and reduce fumes and engine noise.
- If you depart your car, make sure it is legally parked. Millwright in front of my house is an unmarked No Parking Zone and bike lane. Don’t block any fire hydrants, sidewalks or driveways.
- Millwright across the street and in front of the park has both a parking lane and a bike lane. The parking lane is the lane closest to the curb. If you park here, be especially aware of any pedestrians or cyclists that may be in the bike lane.
- If you depart your vehicle, or arrive on foot or via bike, you may view the show from the sidewalk, but PLEASE do not enter the yard beyond the side walk. HAZARDOUS VOLTAGES are ALWAYS PRESENT.
- The show may or may not have audible outdoor speakers. When I use them, I keep the level very low as to not disturb neighbors. You really should bring your own radio to hear the music. Keep the volume level low so neighbors aren’t disturbed.
- Please do not block the road or use neighbor’s driveways to turn around.
- The sidewalk on Millwright is the best place to view the show. Be careful when crossing the street. Consider crossing at the intersection, which is an all-way stop.
REMEMBER: SANTA IS ALWAYS WATCHING.