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Not so much a new topic as a return to the one started on the old "new" forums. Are plans still in progress for a mini or two?

 

Michael B, if you see this can you repost the information about the mini in Tallahassee.

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I posted a while back about hosting a mini in the Ocala area if I could get a lot of help. To this day there has been very little response and I am about to cancel the idea. I have also posted this on LOR forums.

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I remember the post but it was lost with the switching between hosts/software. Do you have a date? I would be willing to help if available. Also I was the one who suggested someone contact Michael B. since he has organized several over the last 9 years, if I remember correctly he said he would help.

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Thanks for the offer, but with only a few replys how can you come up with a program. The same problem as far as a date, no replys no date. Over on LOR forums I have had 116 views and no replys. It seems as if there is no interest.

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Hi all. The Tallahassee date should be in early to mid May. Waiting on the host for a couple of dates. That is all I know.

If you want one in Central Florida also I can offer advice. I found that you need to post on the forums, FB, and personally contact people. It is much harder to let people know about events then it use to be. Let me know how I can help.

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what is a mini?

A Mini is a group of Christmas light decorators coming together to meet each other, share ideas, and learn.

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After 30 days,166 views and few replies I assume that there is NO interest in a MINI in Central Florida or at least in Ocala. I can only say that I tried to offer a host site that would easy to get to and have room for all that wanted to attend.  I have no futher interest in hosting the MINI as of this date.

Thank You 

Earle

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Catherine On Florida Planet Christmas Facebook page post about the Tallahassee Mini on May 23. I'm going if anyone would like a ride. I live in Mt. Dora.

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Hey guys!  We are planning the mini for the 23rd of May in Tallahassee, right off the interstate.  I am looking for topics you guys would like to see covered and ideas of speakers.  This is your mini!  I don't know all the FL people and need your help!  Thanks!

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As far as info goes, we have a date and location.  For speakers, so far, we have lined up one of the winners of the Great American Light Fight, Darren from Jacksonville.  Sean Meigan is planning on skypeing in to discuss the latest and greatest Nutcracker.  We are waiting on a possible speaker from ATL to discuss large displays, but he hasn't confirmed yet.

 

We need your help with speakers!  Suggest someone, volunteer, suggest a topic of interest....HELP!  

 

As a way of gauging interest, how many are planning on attending if we can get speakers lined up?

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I am planning on coming down from South Georgia, If needed I can do a overview of how to get started with RGB / DMX. 

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Thanks, Jerry!  That sounds like a good topic!  I am working on getting someone from LOR to do a presentation of their latest update.  

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Tallahassee, FL mini 

May 23rd at 10am

 

Thomasville Road Baptist Church

3131 Thomasville Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32308

 

Scheduled so far is: Presentation from the Great American Light Fight winner, Sean Meighan from Nutcracker and Jerry Mac doing a presentation on RGB/DMX setup. I am working on getting someone from LOR to do a presentation on the newest software/update. If anyone would like to do a presentation or has an idea, please speak up. We are running out of time!

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New speaker scheduled. Michael from LOR will be speaking, after lunch, on what's new with the LOR software or anything else you guys want discussed. If you have topics you want discussed on LOR, mention them and I will get them to Michael.

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Schedule for Christmas Mini:

 

9:30 am Check in

10 am - Darren Huffy - Winner of The Great American Light Fight

11 am - Jerry Mc Guffin - RGB Basics

Noon - lunch (pizza)

1 pm - Michael Beason - Group Discussion- bring your questions or a short 1 minute video of your display.  Get group advice.  Here is your time!

2 pm - Michael DeMaria- LOR software-newest release

3 pm - Sean Meighen - Nutcracker software big update

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Florida Mini Conference 2 day countdown!!

 

Saturday at 10 am (Check in at 9:30am)

Thomasville Road Baptist Church

3131 Thomasville Road

Tallahassee, FL 32308

Entrance is the side entrance of the Music Building (south side of church).  The building says "MUSIC" facing Thomasville Road

Price is $10 which will cover your lunch, cookies, and drinks!

 

 

Schedule for Christmas Mini:

9:30 am Check in
10 am - Darren Huffy - Winner of The Great American Light Fight
11 am - Jerry Mc Guffin - RGB Basics
Noon - lunch (pizza)
1 pm - Michael Beason - Group Discussion- bring your questions or a short 1 minute video of your display. Get group advice. Here is your time!
2 pm - Michael DeMaria- LOR software-newest release
3 pm - Sean Meighen - Nutcracker software big update

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Mini Conference starts in just TWELVE short hours! We are excited to see you all and talk about Christmas lights. See you then!

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