Thank You

With the contributions of food and money, we were able to donate approximately 170 pounds of food to the Northwest Assistance Ministries Food Pantry.  Thanks for your generosity in supporting our charities this year.

2011 Show is Live

The 2011 version of Christmas on Rose Dawn is live.  We had a test run on Thanksgiving Night and then went live the following night.

Someone asked me for the artists of some of the songs in our show.  I decided to answer that question here.  Here are a few of the songs and artists in our show this year:

  • All I want for Christmas (Festive) – Mariah Carey
  • Christmas this Year – Toby Mac and Leigh Nash
  • Christmas Time – Go Fish
  • DJ Santa – Krispy
  • Joy to the World – Charlie Daniels Band
  • Kay Thompsons Jingle Bells – Michael W. Smith
  • On a Sleigh Ride With Me – Tilloston, Cannon and Hyland
  • We Need a  Little Christmas – Glee Cast
  • White Christmas in Houston – Branded Duo
  • Wizards in Winter – Tran-Siberian Orchestra

2011 Setup Continues

I have had a couple of productive days.  I set up the light rings last weekend.  This weekend I got the megatree and the two 8′ trees set up.  So far everything I have set up tests OK for connectivity to the LOR controllers.  That is a good thing.  I hope to set up the nine 3′ trees tomorrow and maybe even the eight 4′ trees.  I have a few errands to do, but I am off all week and hope to make good progress.  Besides those items, the only things left are the C9 borders, the tune to signs and the speakers for those who happen to walk by.  I plan to be up Thanksgiving night, with perhaps a test night on Wednesday.  So far, no injuries.

2011 Setup

Setup of the display for the 2011 season has officially begun.  I installed everything that hangs off of the new dual JUMP’s I built in the off season.  I used them for the light balls that I previously had on an A frame Swing set.  It was difficult to set that up by myself.  Now I can hang all the balls, run the cords and install the strobes on the ground and then jack them up to their place.  I added vertical arches to the portable hole, topped with a four channel star.  I also have two LOR Cosmic Color Ribbons along the top of the pole holding the light balls. 

Look at the 2011 Setup photo album to monitor my progress.

I still have a lot to do but at least I have started.  Knock on wood…no injuries this weekend either.

September Update

Wow….September has flown by too and set up is approaching fast.  What I’ve done this month:

  1. I am adding 2 Cosmic Color Ribbons to my display this year.  I have spent a lot of time just figuring out how to program them.  Thanks to some help from all of the Christmas forums, I think I am ready to give it a try.
  2. I have spent some time with a display for Halloween.  I’ll have one large Singing Pumpkin and then 8 smaller ones, all from HolidayCoro.  I will have 4 sequences that they will sing to.  I hope to have it set up the weekend of Halloween.
  3. I have also been adding a couple of circuits to my power distribution panel to handle the additional load.
  4. I attended an RGB workshop from Lone Star Holidays.  Thanks to David Moore of HolidayCoro for opening his workshop and teaching us how to build components with RGB.  I am not sure if I will get the corostars in for this years display, but they will definitely be there next year.

On to October.  It will be a busy month as I wrap up changes to the sequences and start gearing up for set up the weekend after Halloween.  My goal is to go live Thanksgiving night.
Thanks for stopping by.

August Update

I haven’t posted much lately, but that doesn’t mean I am not busy getting the 2011 Christmas on Rose Dawn show ready to roll.  Some projects I have been working on include:

1.  Creating wiring harnesses with 36 pair and 24 pair multicable.  This should cut down on the number of individual extension cords I need to run to the elements.  I’ll have about 10′ of SPT at the controller, then the multipair cable, and then SPT at the element with varying lengths.  Set up should be much easier.

2.  I finished the Dual JUMPs, but haven’t had time to capture pictures.

3.  I bought some spotlights from Seasonal Entertainment as my first entry into RGB.  I have been trying to figure out how to program them.

4.  I will also have dual 10′ vertical arches with a 4 channel star at the top.   I also will have a larger star on top of the megatree and will be moving the old one to the top of the light ring.

Then I still have to update all my sequences to include these new elements.  I’ll be busy from now until set up in November.

And on top of all this, I attended the Lone Star Holidays Academy III in Conroe in early August.  Two days of workshops with other Holiday fanatics.  It was hard to talk about Christmas with the temperature so high, but we did have an artificial snow machine from Illumimax to put us in the mood.

Stay tuned!

Dual JUMP Construction

I have decided to replace the A-frame that was holding my light balls last year with dual JUMP’s (Jack-up Mega Pole).  I built one last year for my Megatree, but these will only be 10 foot tall instead of the 20 foot for my Megatree.  That will make them a little less complicated as it will only be a single-stage JUMP instead of the dual-stage that is for my Megatree.  So I got started a couple of weeks ago building my portable hole and preparing the 2″ and 1 1/2″ EMT conduit that will be part of the JUMP.  Here are a couple of pictures of the portable hole prior to pouring in the concrete. 

My plan is to put a “T” coupler at the top of each JUMP and then put a ten foot 1 1/2″  EMT conduit between the 2 of them for the light balls to hang on.  I will bore out one of the “T”‘ couplers for 1 end to slide through and then the other end of the ten foot conduit will screw into the other “T”.  I’ll put a rigid coupling on the end that I slide the conduit through to ensure it doesn’t slip back and forth between the two JUMP.

I’ll post some more information as I complete these and as I work on other projects to prepare for Christmas on Rose Dawn 2011.  If you want more information on building a JUMP, check out the webstie of Walter and Jackie Monkhouse.  He’s the inventor of the JUMP and has fantastic directions on building one at this link – http://www.magicchristmasnews.org/ (see the link on the left hand side for Build the Monkhouse JUMP and portable hole.)