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Thanks to All for Coming to the Philly Mini

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I wanted to say thanks to all that came to the Philly Mini! It was great seeing all these Christmas enthusiasts in the middle of July! It was nice to see some familiar faces again as well as some new ones. I hope everybody had a good time and picked up some great ideas. I know I did.

I'm sorry I couldn't get the LOR setup working today. I will be posting the guide with videos soon, so everyone can pick up some tips on programming moving lights. I think LOR's software has me frustrated enough to convert the LOR dimmers over to DMX and start playing around with Vixen. I just may be a convert...

I also want to thank this year's sponsors, Santa's Symphonies and The Demented Elf. Check out the stickies at DIYC for special deals just for Mini attendees HERE!

Thanks to all who brought the food and desserts. Everything was delicious (!), and I think I added a few pounds after eating it all today.

I want to give a shout out to Brian for hosting the Mini forum as well as Lou, who helped with the planning. We wouldn't have been able to pull this off without you guys!

I hope to keep in touch with you all going forward. You can always contact me by PM at DIYC, PC, or LOR.

Thanks again to everyone for coming, and I hope to see you at the next Philly Mini!

-Greg

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Greg,

Thanks for hosting the Philly mini. This was the first mini I have been able to attend. It was well worth the drive. It is nice to put a face to the names on here. I definitely picked up some good tips. Looking forward to the next event.

Rick

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Greg,

Thank you very much. I took some new ideas with me as well. Loved your ribbon tree idea. I am going to try to make one for this year! I wish you sucess!

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It's a great bunch of guys here on the east coast - even that guy from Buffalo. Thanks for the DMX training - it was helpful. Food was great, as was your hospitality...Got a few ideas (dancin' candy canes for one). It was a blast as usual.

Try to make every effort to do a show this year - you do have some nice videos.

Ed

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Hi Greg, Seems some people were posting in the wrong area...

Great host, good food, awesome company. Thanks for hosting again. Tell Mom and Dad, thanks too. Great seeing that Mega tree go up as easy as it did, proving that Dan's dmx boards work with LOR, getting to see all the cool new grinch boards, and all the great conversations threw the afternoon. "I'm sorry" for the "glitch" you were having with the DMX today. Must of been something in the air. Going to try and get a van trip together with a bunch of us from up here and go see everybody displays over in NJ area this year.

I agree with ed, you must continue some lighting while your attending college.

Thanks again. see you all real soon.

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Haha, I will definitely try to continue the show in college, wherever I'll be.

One more day on the Demented Elf Deal. Also, if you have pictures, please see the post HERE.

Those who were interested in the PAR Cans, please see THIS.

Thanks again to all!

-Greg

Oh and Ed - I just realized I never printed out those papers for you. You should have reminded me, as I would have done it. Anyway, thanks again to all for the great mini.

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Is there a list to join or email list to sign up on for the next mini get together? Where is it usually held at?
Greg held it at his house in South Jersey, towards the western side of the state. He went away to college and I'm not sure if he will be holding another one or not. He did a great job though - the hospitality was fantastic.

If not Jeff M also hold one approximately in the same location...

Just keep your ear to the grindstone around the April / May timeframe.

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