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michael b

Florida Mini 09' September 19th at Lori's Lighted D'Lites!

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Michael,

Now that you have updated the count, you can change it, lol. You can move me from the maybe list to the attending list, I've changed/made my plans so I can be there, "Michigan will be in represented".

Now, come on Chuck, I'm driving 25 hours, you should be able to make the short drive.

Can't wait to meet everyone.

Jerry

P.S. Bill, I'll bring pictures of the project.

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Jerry you are offically moved from maybe to attending! :)

We now have 52 attending and 17 maybes. I do believe you will win the longest distance award! You may drive to Miami to pick it up after the Mini! :giggle:

Michael,

Now that you have updated the count, you can change it, lol. You can move me from the maybe list to the attending list, I've changed/made my plans so I can be there, "Michigan will be in represented".

Now, come on Chuck, I'm driving 25 hours, you should be able to make the short drive.

Can't wait to meet everyone.

Jerry

P.S. Bill, I'll bring pictures of the project.

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OK, we're in! So mark us down for four please. It will be myself, Bernie and our two kids, ages 10 and 12. Can't wait!

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OK, we're in! So mark us down for four please. It will be myself, Bernie and our two kids, ages 10 and 12. Can't wait!

Deanna,

I have you, Bernie, and your two kids down as attendees. We'll have at least 5 kids 9-12. Lori will have fun activities for them.

Michael

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I have some exciting news: I'm still not going.

:P

Chuck, I still have you not attending. I believe you'll change your mind at the last minute, because you like danger!:eek:

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Update: 57 attendees (52 adults 5 Kids(Ages 9-12)), 15 maybes

I'm thrilled with the number of decorators coming. It will be exciting to have this many Christmas nuts together! :santasmileyitty:

Bill and I are working on the agenda at this moment. We will post it after a few details are complete. Actually, Bill is doing most of the work and I am putting my two cents in. :)

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Hi, My two "maybes" are confirmed now as definites. This will bring our total to 4 adults.

Thanks

OK Danny i have 4 for you as Attending. Thanks!

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Okay, I may have my parents coming to the mini also. I am looking forward to it.

Shane,

I had you down as attending and your wife as a maybe, now I'm adding your parents as two more maybes. :santasmileyitty:

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I had a great day at Lori's lighted D'Lites. They make Wireframes for Christmas, Halloween, and the other holidays. It was a blast talking with the owners, Gene and Lori. We are having the Florida Mini there on September 19th. So far almost 60 people are coming.

I already scouted which wireframes I am going to buy. This is going to be fun! :santasmileyitty:

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Bill and I have an agenda for the Florida Mini. There is information at the Mini on the PC calendar:

http://forums.planetchristmas.com/calendar.php?do=getinfo&e=56&day=2009-9-19

I will keep this updated, please check it every so often. This is our tentative plans for the Mini.

If you would like a more detailed agenda e-mail me at:

[email protected]

In a couple of days I will send out the latest agenda.

19 more days until the Florida Mini! :santasmileyitty:

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Here's the latest information:

The Florida Mini

10 am until ?

Lori's Lighted D'Lites

21535 US Highway 301 North

Lawtey, Florida 32058

(904) 782-3701 or toll-free (877) 647-4906

Food:Coffee, danish, juice, etc... for morning

Hamburgers, hot dogs, bake beans, etc... for lunch

(If you need to have a special diet, please bring it with you. :))

This event is free. The space and food is provided by Gene and Lori the owners of Lori's Lighted D'Lites.

Presentations:

Wireframe making by Gene, the owner of Lori's

Wireframe lighting by the other owner and wife Lori

DIY, DMX, and much more by RJ

LED's, Cosmic Color Ribbon, RGB rope light by Bill Vanderslice

LOR2 by Doug

Several decorators will be sharing what they have been working on.

Buy/Sale/Trade: You are encouraged to bring items to sale, buy items from each other, or trade.

Lori and Gene will have high quality, made in their shop wireframes to purchase. Check their website: http://www.lorislighteddlites.com/ for an extensive list with pictures.

Attendees are encouraged to bring something they are working on or have completed to share, bring a photo album of your display, your lap top with photos and/or videos, etc...

If you need help or have a question about decorating, make sure you ask. There is going to be some incredible talent at this Mini. Introduce yourself and get to know your fellow decorators.

Lori, Gene, Bill, and I want this Mini to be for to meet and get to know other decorators, ask questions, share what you are doing, get help, network, shop, help someone else, sale something, etc. What we don't want is for you to feel you have to sit through every presentation and not meet anyone. We hope to see many of you chatting off to the side exchanging ideas. :santasmileyitty:

As of 9-04 we have 59 people attending.

Here is info on places to stay by Lori's:

Motels:

Best Western

1290 N. Temple Street

Starke, Florida

(904) 964-6744

Days Inn

1101 N. Temple Street

Starke, Florida

(904) 964-7600

Red Carpet Inn

744 N. Temple Street

Starke, Florida

(904) 964-5590

That's about it in Starke in reference to ones most know, have few smaller ones. These are all within 5-6 miles of our shop.

Campground:

KOA Campground

1475 S. Walnut Street

Starke, Florida

(904) 964-8484

We are almost positive they have cabins.

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I can be moved from a maybe to a pretty sure....

I just made the drive from Miami to Gainesville Thursday - is not a fun drive, then went from Gainesville to North Carolina yesterday - passed by Lori's on the way up to NC, saw they had the warehouse door opened (lots of big wire frames inside) There will be a lot cars parked along 301, didn't look like too much parking was there on their lot, but I am sure they have it all figured out.

Looking foward to it....and to seeing Chuck again, even if he doesn't make it there....

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I can be moved from a maybe to a pretty sure....

I just made the drive from Miami to Gainesville Thursday - is not a fun drive, then went from Gainesville to North Carolina yesterday - passed by Lori's on the way up to NC, saw they had the warehouse door opened (lots of big wire frames inside) There will be a lot cars parked along 301, didn't look like too much parking was there on their lot, but I am sure they have it all figured out.

Looking foward to it....and to seeing Chuck again, even if he doesn't make it there....

Great JJ! It will be wonderful to see you again. We now have 60 people coming. BTW there is aside lot to park in. I was just there and Gene and I were talking about parking.

JJ, in a couple of days I will PM you about bringing some of you security cameras to share. I'm out of town right now.

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I'm getting really excited! The Florida Mini is in 11 days! :santasmileyitty:

We have some talented people ready to share what they know about LOR 2, DMX, DIY, LED's, wireframes, and more.

If you have any questions about your display, bring them to the Mini. There will be someone there who can probably answer it. I know I have several LOR2 sequencing questions. I have been sequencing a lot lately and I hope there must be some shortcuts, I don't know.

If you have said you might come, please let me know. If you told me you are coming, but can't make it, please let me that, too. Lori and Gene need to know so they will have plenty of food for everyone. A breakfast snack and lunch will be provided. This event is free thanks to Lori and Gene.

See you all soon!

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