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About Northern lights

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  • Birthday 06/25/1955

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  • Location
    Maplewood, Minnesota, USA
  • Biography
    I have been happily married for 27 years; I am a Percussionist and play with two Brass ensembles, and have taught and adjudicated drum corps and marching bands for the last 35 years.
  • Interests
    Fishing, Music & Theatre, Music Education for Kids, Playing with lights, Golf, Darts, and stock car racing.
  • Occupation
    Dispatcher, Musician
  • About my display
    We have grown to nearly 90 molds, 15 wireframes, 15,000 lights, and a large backlit shadow box manger scene. Our display is static so we are not able to use the rest of the lights that we do have in storage. Our next growth area will be adding an FM station and music to help the movement that we do have from our chasers and wire frames.
  1. Hello fellow Gopher State decorators, Here is the annual heads up on the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train and the link to the specifed schedule. i believe they are in our area from Dec. 10 - 14. Consult the Schedule. If you have never seen it, you should check it out! http://www.cpr.ca/en/in-your-community/holiday-train/schedule/Pages/us.aspx
  2. I have the feeling tonite may be it for my display, about a week early. Sustained some wind damage to a couple of areas today with that strong south wind. Alway have strong west and east winds that I prepare for...South? who knew? Deer on the Roof came down today with a line of C7s and two lines of icycles with it. One of my motorized wireframes, my manger and a front area of molds took some damage. Put most of it back in place this afternoon, but the icycles and manger are toast. I will contact the Limo shops tomorrow and tell them I'm done for the season. No harm done, just put it away before we have to freeze.
  3. I also got on the Pioneer Press, with a letter to the editor last week and got no reply what so ever. I can not recall them not running a list of Holiday lights and wonder why they chose to do so now? Green, schmeen! I guess if they choose not to support my hobby, I can chose to no longer read their newspaper. Seems fair to me.
  4. Hello my Fellow Minnesotans, It is once again my pleasure to remind you about the Christmas train coming thru our neck of the woods, this week end. No stop in St Paul due to the light rail project. Here is the hook up... http://www.cpr.ca/en/IN-YOUR-COMMUNITY/HOLIDAY-TRAIN/Pages/default.aspx Enjoy, Lee
  5. Thanks Bill, We may take you up on that...Put out a small manger dispay on Friday nite...They Stole Baby Jesus that nite! Never fails... Are You done setting Up? Hope to be totally done Saturday Nite. Lee
  6. Started putting the outline lites up today for the roof...Hope to have the rest of the C7's and Icycle lights done by tomorrow. Normally would have been done in one day but had to get the boat out of the garage first this morning and take down the rest of the Halloween display. Great day, even with the wind.
  7. Yes Tim, I have felt your pain, when the Show doesn't go on like it should...Just last year electrical issues shut me down two nights before Christmas for the season. Chuck (C.J.) and others...This has been one for the P.I.A. meter! I'm still lit, although still buried! Thanks to Bob my electrician who found 60 more amps on my board that were borrowed from places not being used and 16 new outside outlets. We have learned to cover our 3, 4 and 5 way plugs in plastic boxes from watching and listening to all of you at the minis' and all of a sudden... Power, that "Knock on Wood" will stay lit for two more Nights. Next year 1 Timer instead of 15 and more Lights and wireframes...And by July, I should just be done digging out my molds in time to start setting up next years display.
  8. Chuck sorry to hear about your display being shut down...We were sure looking forward to driving by again this year. I'm thinking pickle buckets? if I can get them on Pickle buckets!?! lol I did turn on tonite though no lights on the big tree this year! Was going to do that Saturday, Until storm appeared. Twinkle lights are great under 3 ft of snow...Just need mirrors to show them! lol
  9. Yes, I know the house you are asking about. It was on Gall St In Maplewood just off McKnight Rd. He had it located on the east side of the driveway with a town sign. I'm not sure if they are still decorating or not. As for the West St Paul contest, I'm not sure if they are still doing that or not. Many municpalities have curtailed the contests because of the budget shortfalls, but there are some well deocrated homes in the West St Paul, South St Paul vicinity. It is one of my favorite places to dead head and find new displays.
  10. What display?....I put two layers of 2X4 under my molds so they won't freeze in any more; and then at least 16" of snow drift over my display. I'll take pictures in the morning, but my Chilli willies only have the white ball on top sticking out of the snow, my ginger bread men and lolly pops need a St Bernard rescue dog. They are missing. The Choir is set they were 3 ft above the ground on risers. My C9s on the top of the roof are gone under a wall of snow....Holy Cow; I'm going to need a portable snow brush or something to dig this out. May have to put the ginger bread men on pickle buckets to be seen. No Lights Tonight! I can't wait till tomorrow to shoot some shots....Wow!
  11. My first blow mold that I purchased, was a Grand Venture sleigh and deer from Bill Weis in November of 2007. And between him and Chuck Forkner, I've learned a lot about molds. Still have the set in the box. I originally received 9 molds from a neighbor who said my young display, needed some character. I'm over 200 molds in my collection now.
  12. It is that time of year agan and the CP train will be making stops to raise food and money for local food shelves. Rather than posting all the stops and dates here is a link with pictures and other info including some of the performers, who do over 60 stops while raising awareness and bring good cheer. December 10 -14 for the MInnesota area, with December 11, the east Twin cities stops. http://www8.cpr.ca/cms/English/General+Public/Holiday+Train/Schedules/default.htm
  13. Spent the day trying to save my 35' plus, pine trees...This stuff is extremely wet and is weighting down the branches, similar to an Ice storm. We lost one of the trees in the back yard already. Used the roof rake to knock as much of that slush/snow off as possible...Lots of trees down on the east side of town, Minnehaha and Stillwater Rd areas; that area has already lost many from that storm a couple of summers ago...Can't get much done today...Just hope to be able to get stakes in the ground where we want our molds to go, tomorrow!
  14. Northern lights

    Who

    They took the Mall of America Name and $$$$$, 30 seconds after the Twins left the building...They may still used HHH but it didnt say that on my info for my gig on saturday. If I was wrong I, which I probably am I'll type it correctly next time...
  15. Northern lights

    Who

    I also hope to be there, although I will be a late arriver...Probably 2:30 to 3:00PM I have a performance @ the Mall of America Metrodome @ 1:15pm. Any other molders out there attending?
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