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About mattera68

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  1. Merry Christmas Virginia

    Merry Christmas! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Bill, good to see that your display is still going. When is the last day? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Maryland Looks Awfully Quiet

    I just went to a display in Odenton (Lights on Ice Crytal) very nice display. Lots of RGB. He does Halloween also.
  3. Maryland Looks Awfully Quiet

    In Mechanicsville, St Marys Co. iresq- what are the FB groups?
  4. MD in the house

    Where are you in Waldorf?
  5. MD in the house

    Looking for some displays to check on my route to work if I get time. Driving from Mechanicsville(St. Mary's Co) up to Woodlawn/Gwynn Oak (Security Blvd). My display is still running down here in southern MD
  6. Where & When Is Your Virginia Christmas Lightshow

    Came by tonight. Display looks great! I have to know what kind of radio transmitter you have? The signal was awesome!
  7. Hey Bill it's been a while since I've been on here. So sad to hear this will be your last year it is amazing how much you do and we all know that could never go on forever. I took last year off because of a lack of time and I've barely got anything done this year so far. We have been coming to your display since I found it a few years ago and I am still amazed every time I see it. I plan to make it over again this year, enjoy your time once it's up and finished. Thanks for such an awesome display through these years and Merry Christmas.
  8. Test Video Of My New Mini Pixel Trees

    Very awesome! I love the snowing effect Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. MD in the house

    Cool, where are you in Waldorf?
  10. MD in the house

    Mechanicsville here, not too many Southern MDer's on here i guess.
  11. MD in the house

    who is up and running so I can try to make some visits and see some displays. I am in southern MD (st. marys co.) where are you?
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