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Carrie Sansing

Chicagoland Regional 2010

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THE CHICAGOLAND REGIONAL MINI PLUS

The Regional will be held over Labor Day weekend, September 3, 4 and 5, 2010.

This event is intended for everyone, not just the great decorators in Illinois and its surrounding states.

In the past, we have had attendees come from as far away as California, Utah and Texas.

The instructors and classes are always top notch.

Please mark your calendars, this event only happens every two years!

I'll be updating this thread as more information becomes available.

If there are classes you would like to see, or if you have any suggestions, please let me know!

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THE CHICAGOLAND REGIONAL MINI PLUS

The Regional will be held over Labor Day weekend, September 3, 4 and 5, 2010.

This event is intended for everyone, not just the great decorators in Illinois and its surrounding states.

In the past, we have had attendees come from as far away as California, Utah and Texas.

The instructors and classes are always top notch.

Please mark your calendars, this event only happens every two years!

I'll be updating this thread as more information becomes available.

If there are classes you would like to see, or if you have any suggestions, please let me know!

Carrie, I'm fairly knew here and am interested in this but know very little about the details.

Would you mind explaining to me and other newbies what takes place during these events? It appeats that there are classes but are there other events also?

Thanks

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Carrie, I'm fairly knew here and am interested in this but know very little about the details.

Would you mind explaining to me and other newbies what takes place during these events? It appeats that there are classes but are there other events also?

Thanks

Of course! I'm happy to explain. :)

The Chicagoland Regional Mini Plus is a large gathering of PlanetChristmas (and Constantly Christmas) decorators.

You enjoy meeting and putting faces to the people you talk to here on the forums, making real life connections.

What we do is basically have a two and half day party with plenty of education for everyone. For many that attend Chicago, its a chance to catch up with old friends, trade tips, tricks and stories, and make new friends as well.

The importance of getting to know the "real" people you meet here..well, I can't put a price on it. I consider many of the people I have met and developed friendships with over the years to be real friends, not just internet buddies.

You also get to eat..lots.. meals are included in your registration fee and covers the Friday night dinner and breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday.

Education runs the gamut, we have had plenty of topics for newbies as well as in depth topics for the more advanced.

A sampling of the education we had at the two previous events (2006 & 2008) covered: LOR basic and advanced; Electrical safety; DMX; Inflatables; Blow mold restoration; Lightkeeper Pro (taught by the owner of the company); Coroplast, how to use it; Wireframes, both welding and stringing them; Creating wood cut outs; various demonstrations, such as El wire and Galaxia, just to name a few.

The "classes" are taught by some of the best as well. I am currently putting out feelers for instructors and trying to hammer out an education track that will have appeal to all levels of lighting enthusiasts.

At the Chicagoland event, we also hold a swap, trade and sell. Many people bring what they no longer use or have no need for. You can sell it, trade it, whatever you fancy or buy from others.

Vendors also have enjoyed participating here. A few have been on site, but others participate and support this event by sending literature or door prizes (We gave away 5 cases of lights..both incandescents and LEDs, LOR controllers, inflatables, blow molds, wireframes..etc. etc. at both previous events)

I hope you'll join us and that this gives you an idea of what goes on. The Chicagoland Regional is a lot of fun, you'll learn some new things, and make a lot of new friends.

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Will you be importing some decent pizza?

If you come to Chicago, I will import some of the ketchup soaked cardboard you guys call "pizza" :D

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If you come to Chicago, I will import some of the ketchup soaked cardboard you guys call "pizza" :D

If Frank wants that garbage, make him bring it.:D What is the cost for the mini?

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If Frank wants that garbage, make him bring it.:D What is the cost for the mini?

Shaun, I haven't determined the cost yet, but it will be highly affordable..(I personally "eat" a lot of the costs associated with this..)

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Shaun, I haven't determined the cost yet, but it will be highly affordable..(I personally "eat" a lot of the costs associated with this..)

Ok I was just curious.

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Shaun It is worth the coast it is a blast.The hostes are top notch the food is great what more is ther oh the classes are fun

Gregg

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We're going to try to make it! You made quite an impression on the FredEx delivery man when he picked up those psycho elves from you last summer! ;)

Maybe we should rent a shuttle bus and pick up some of the other Pennsylvania delinquents... I mean blowmolders... along the way! :D

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We have GREAT pizza in Chicago...don't knock it!

I think I'm going to come this year...if our family doesn't decide to do the annual Labor Day camping trip. Looks like a lot of fun.

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We're going to try to make it! You made quite an impression on the FredEx delivery man when he picked up those psycho elves from you last summer! ;)

Maybe we should rent a shuttle bus and pick up some of the other Pennsylvania delinquents... I mean blowmolders... along the way! :D

Matilda, I hope you and FredEx do come. It should be one heck of a time. A shuttle bus has been talked about before..people were thinking of doing just that for Louisville last year.

If you can make it, that would be wonderful! We would absolutely LOVE to have a Pennsylvania contingent!

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We have GREAT pizza in Chicago...don't knock it!

I think I'm going to come this year...if our family doesn't decide to do the annual Labor Day camping trip. Looks like a lot of fun.

We have the BEST PIZZA in the entire country..:D

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Of course! I'm happy to explain. :)

Thank you so much for your detailed explanation Carrie!!:):D:P

After hearing the great venue that you have planned I am definitely going to make plans to attend whether I have to drive, fly, take a bus or train.

Count me in!!

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oh PLEASE!!!!!

Oh please? Does that mean you want a slice? Did you know that Chicago has more pizza places than New York does? Check it out, its true. Chicago Pizza is the basis of the food pyramid here, we eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner (hot or cold, its great!) ..its healthy, tasty, and packed full of energy. You can't get that with folded ketchup and cardboard! Besides, you're from RI..waddayaknowboudit?

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