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judyindisguise

"the house on christmas street" tour 2010

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Hello Everybody...

Just in case you're new around here, let me introduce myself. I'm Judy Pancoast and I'm the composer of the PC theme song, "The House on Christmas Street."

In an effort to draw more mainstream attention to the song (I'm an indie artist) I am going to be touring the land starting on Thanksgiving weekend and stopping at houses that play my song in their displays. There I will set up my sound system and do a concert on the lawn for all the people who stop by. So far I have many people on board for the tour, but I'm looking for more to "fill in the gaps" on the tour.

At the end of the tour I'm doing an event for charity which has not yet been confirmed but is in the works!

I'm not looking for payment for doing the concerts. What I really want is PUBLICITY and lots of it! I'm hoping to make such a splash that Ellen, or Good Morning America or Jay Leno can't ignore what a unique phenomenon this is.

All I want from you is two things:

1) please put me up in a hotel/motel/b&b for the night that I'm at your place. I just can't agree to stay at anybody's house since I don't really know you....although I'm sure you're nice! It doesn't have to be anything fancy...just clean

2) you must be the type of person who LOVES publicity and you must be willing to get as much as you can for this event. I will supply media kits with photos, bios, press releases and whatever you need in advance.

That's it! Oh, and of course you have to use "The House on Christmas Street" in your display. If you need a copy, just send me a PM with your email address and I'll send it right out to you!

If you'd like to be included please PM me TODAY. I'm trying to get a tentative route together to let all the folks know who are already on the tour when I will be at their places.

THANKS! I guarantee you a great time!

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I'm planning out the route tonight and it's going to take me in a biiiiiig circle all over the country. There are some long stretches of miles between some of the houses I've been invited to, and I'd like to fill in those gaps so I don't have to do too much driving in a row.

I'm looking for a house in UTAH between Las Vegas and Fruitland, ID for around Dec. 9th and I'm also looking to stop anywhere up north between IDAHO and MINNESOTA on or about the 11th.

Anybody want a house concert for your visitors? :)

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Judy,

I sent a message to a guy in Northern Idaho who I believe has a show. I asked him to consider it and if he couldn't to see if he knew someone who could. From there you could go to Montana through the Dakotas and on to Minn. Lets all get involved and help Judy. This would be awesome. I am working on her sequence today and finishing it before I do any others.

Terry

Old Man in Idaho

Hmm Below I still show 48 channels but I cant update this to 64 channels and 30,000 lights.

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Thanks so much Terry! I did today confirm a stop in Wyoming, though, so that's gonna be okay. Now my problem is TX. One of the folks kindly bowed out and I've not gotten confirmation from another...so it looks like I'll be going from Elgin, TX to Kingman, AZ in one stretch. Long drive. Anybody in middle or West Texas want a concert?

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I think you mean Richard H. (Holdman)

Could be, but I don't think he has House on Christmas Street in his show unless he added it for 2010.

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I've published the route (see my vendor forum) but I could still use a stop in Utah on December 7. Richard can't do it this year, and I'm not sure how to find Marty as I don't know his PC name. Anyone know it or know him and could ask him?

Thank you for all of your help!

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