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Andy Anderson

11th Annual Virginia Mini

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It is time to start thinking about the 11th annual Virginia Mini.  In past we have quite often held it the third Saturday in May.  If we stick to that date the mini will be on Saturday May 19.  That date is flexible depending on availability of a meeting place.  As of yet no one has offered to host the mini this year.  If anyone is interested in hosting the mini now is the time to volunteer.  Yes, there is some work involved in hosting the mini.  You will need to secure a location and some other items needed that day.  If you are interested in hosting the mini please contact me via this thread or by private message. 

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William, I met you last summer  in Tenn. at Christmas EXPO where you were teaching a class on over the top  displays. I am the one  who asked  the question what did  your new wife think of your  massive hobby. I got a good laugh. I have followed you from Christmas Carolina to your giant Park display for the fire dept. and your talent and imagination is  unbelievable..   There are about 20-25 of us who have been meeting in Ashland Va. and Richmond Va. for the last four years. Matt has been renting for 5 dollars a person a private school gym   just off I-95 in Ashland. Every year we look for new opportunity to find a new host.  We have had three members compete and two members win the great Christmas Light Fight. Most members drive less than two and one half hours We all bring food ,enjoy a great lunch share a few videos give some big hugs and by four we are heading for home. I worry that you are over four    hours west from central Va  .William you are more than welcome to stay with me in Fredericksburg if you come to Ashland. Andy   I am hoping  i haven't chased William back to NC.

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Oh no.  I had a great time at the Expo with everyone.  I love Q&A sessions.  It's a way we all can learn. 

If I make it up there to one... I may have to take you up on that offer.  But... I'll probably have one in my neck of the woods for everyone in this region.

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3rd weekend in May would work well for me. 

On 4/12/2018 at 10:06 PM, Andy Anderson said:

Any interest in hosting the mini?

I could likely come up with a facility down my way (Gloucester or Deltaville) if people want to travel this way - I'd have to check on the availability of the facilities I'm connected to. But I really like the RVA location as being very central to get the most people involved. 

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