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Carrie Sansing

C3 - Chicagoland Christmas Conference!

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C3 - THE NEW, IMPROVED CHICAGOLAND CHRISTMAS CONFERENCE

Once again C3 will be held over Labor Day weekend, Friday, August 31, September 1 and 2, 2012.

C3 is intended for everyone and anyone that is interested in Christmas lights, learning new things, and socializing with friends.

In the past, we have had attendees come from as far away as the United Kingdom, California, Utah and Texas. Old seasoned veterans and newbies alike, all are welcome!

Our presenters have always been top notch. This year will be no exception.

Please mark your calendars, C3 only happens every two years!

Topics? We have some great ones in mind. More information to follow.

Registration for C3 is now open. We invite you to join us in Chicago over Labor Day weekend..this is the one you don't want to miss!

http://chicago2012.c...s.com/index.php

Our host hotel is ready for you! On line room reservations are all set. Simply click the link below. When the page opens, the pre-negotiated rate ($84) and the group code is already pre-entered for your convenience.

http://www.marriott....2&toDate=9/3/12

Questions? Comments? Post to this thread!

Edited by Carrie Sansing

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This is the fourth C3 held over Labor Day. It works perfectly. People are off, but they have plenty of time to get home and spend the holiday with family and friends.And it's not in the city, it's in the suburbs. We had close to 100 attendees in 2010, so I guess the date works. :)

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Glad to hear it Ronda and Alan! All the way from the UK! Very cool! And Richard, I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

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If you haven't experienced a C3 yet, you're in for treat! And if you’ve been to one before, you know how much fun it is! We’re working hard so that you don’t have to!

C3 is brought to you by, in part:

Creative Displays - http://www.creativedisplays.com/

Christmas-LEDs/Suprtec Novelties, LLC - http://www.christmas-leds.com/

ChristmasLightShow.com - http://www.christmaslightshow.com/

Displays in Motion, a Certified LOR Partner - http://www.displaysinmotion.net/

GordonLightsLLC - http://www.gordonlights.com

Holiday Coro - http://www.holidaycoro.com/

Holiday Technologies - http://www.holidaytechnologies.com/

Light-O-Rama - http://www.lightorama.com

Reinders - http://www.reinders....D/led_home.html

Seasonal Entertainment - http://seasonalenter...owspotlight.htm

The Demented Elf - http://www.thedementedelf.com/

Two Dog Lights - http://twodoglightstore.com/

Winklebottoms Wire Frames - http://www.winklebottoms.com/

Edited by Glenview LIghts

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Some of what you'll get at C3, demonstrations, moderated discussion groups including:

STRINGING A WIREFRAME - VAL PIECHUR, WI

USING PIXELS - FABIAN GORDON, TX

RGB/LOR3 - (OPEN DISCUSSION)

SOLDERING, HANDS ON WORKSHOP - WILLIAM MORRIS, AZ

USING THE LEDKEEPER AND LIGHTKEEPERPRO - JOHN DECOSMO, PRESIDENT OF ULTA LIT TREE CO., IL

DISPLAY DESIGN - ART VS. TECHNOLOGY - CARRIE SANSING, IL

ELECTRICITY - ERNIE HORNING, MN

USING, SELECTING AND EDITING MUSIC - TIM FISHER, MN

THOSE KITCHY PLASTIC THINGS - BLOW MOLDS! - TYLER SCALLY, VA

THE GREAT FLOOD SHOOT-OUT - JERRY PLAK, CA / TIM HERBERGER, NY

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The White Elephant gift exchange was so much fun in 2010, we're doing it again this year at C3:

What do you do to participate? Remember, this is voluntary..its not a must, but if you don't bring a gift, you don't get one.

1. Check through your stash of Christmas "stuff". Things that are in good shape or new, that you don't want, never used, or won't use. Your discard might just be perfect for someone else..then again, maybe not!

2. There is no minimum or maximum as to value..so if you want to, wrap up that spare controller you don't need.. or those boxes of c7 replacement bulbs..

3. The White Elephant Gift needs to be wrapped, camouflaged, concealed..make it interesting. Go ahead, use that entire roll of tape on the 24x24x24 box with the c7s inside, we don't care..that's half the fun! Shopping bags, newspapers, towels, you name it.. watching people struggle to open their gifts can be fun! The idea is to keep people from guessing what is in the package and who its from. If the gift is gender specific, tag it and let everyone know. But no names..

4. If you don't bring a gift, you won't get a gift..but you can watch the fun!

5. Gifts can be stolen, we encourage it, so be prepared..the gift you open just might be stolen by the next guest. A gift can be stolen twice..after that, it's pronounced dead and the person who has it at that point, keeps it. The gift cannot be stolen again once its dead.

We hope you plan to participate. The WEG is a lot of fun, don't miss out. Start looking through your inventory..you just never know what you'll be bringing home.

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In case you were wondering, there will be a rather huge swap meet at C3. Bring what you have to sell or swap, your junk may be someone else's treasure!

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I'll buy red and green minis if anyone is willing to sell some from their stockpile. Price dependent of course.

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With less than a week left to guarantee getting the official C3 shirt with your paid registration, it is time to make your move!

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In order to get the Official C3 shirt in your size, register BEFORE Sunday night Aug. 20th by midnight (in your time zone).

You can register after that of course, but if you want it all....

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In the event of bad weather, we will move C3 to the host hotel, The Courtyard by Marriott 1801 Milwaukee Ave, Glenview, IL 60025. A conference room and the entire lobby is ours for the event.. No worries!

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Will the event sponsors be present and/or will we be able to order some of their products?

Will a schedule for the Saturday events be posted in advance? Trying to plan cause we are flying in from va. Thanks!

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I just tried to register.... but there wasn't an option...

I dont need a t-shirt...

do you need to know we want to come?

please advise

thanks

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Apologies for not seeing these posts earlier..please forgive me. If you wish to come to C3, you still may do so. You will not receive a t-shirt, but I do need to know in advance. Payment of $40 at the door (sorry there is no reduction in price). Please contact me (Carrie Sansing) at [email protected]

Four vendors will be here, Christmas-Leds.com (product and ordering); Winkelbottoms Wireframes (some product and ordering); TwoDogLights (no products, but ordering); LightKeeper/LedKeeper (no products); GordonLights (ordering)

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We had a great time at our first C3! It was very nice meeting a lot of people behind the post. I really appreciated the willingness to share ideas, thoughts and information.

Thank you Carrie for putting the event together!

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