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About MarthaK

  • Birthday 07/21/1960

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  • Location
    Fredericksburg, VA
  • Interests
    Fly fishing, volunteering with Project Healing Waters, traditional archery and camping.
  • Occupation
    writer/broadcaster for a non-profit
  • About my display
    Edison Christmas of Fredericksburg, VA was established in 2004 with elements collected over the previous 10 years while living in Manassas, VA.

    Approximately 25K lights, give or take a few thousand. The display features lighted wireframes, blow molds, and a few wood cut-outs.

    I'm currently programming my first sequence in LOR. Wish me luck.

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  1. I work on and test things outside all the time...especially during the summer. My neighbors are now used to seeing my garage door open on summer weekends with a number of items inside the garage lit up...trees, frames, animation, blow molds, etc. with Christmas music blasting on the stereo. Long time neighbors have learned to ignore me.
  2. Wow....I completely missed it.
  3. Sorry everyone, but May and June are simply out of the question for me. I have a couple scattered weekends open, but those months are dominated by my work with Project Healing Waters and collected fly fishing and archery events. July slows down some and August is a total blank, but spring is a no-go ESPECIALLY if I need to devote time to organizing the event. I just can't do it. Trudge on without me.
  4. After conferring with Mona by phone, how about Saturday, May 28? (FYI: This is the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.)
  5. MarthaK

    First Snow

    I have to remember to not procrastinate like I did last year. We went from snow on the display to snow burying the display in just a couple of hours.
  6. Same here. I started setting up lights over the Columbus Day weekend and haven't stopped since. The "warranty" must have expired on my display this year, figuratively speaking. Despite rehabing and testing everything before it left the garage, my evenings have been spent changing bulbs and light strings. It's a pain, but it's a much easier to deal with than seeking out and replacing rain-fried extension cords. I hope everyone stays safe and sane this season.
  7. MarthaK

    Hobby Lobby!

    I checked the store out last weekend, Hobby Lobby will open tomorrow, Friday Oct 8 at 9 AM. So, it will be open for business through the long weekend.
  8. MarthaK

    Hobby Lobby!

    Ralph, Here's the link to their website, specifically the tour of their seasonal section which offers Christmas items from July through December. http://www.hobbylobby.com/stores/store_tour.cfm?dept=11 I believe you can shop online also. From what I have seen, it's like a super-duper Michael's. I can't vouch for their light selection, but I'm sure folks from the Texas/Oklahoma area can fill you in.
  9. I know I'm a little late to the conversation, but has anyone sequenced music from Evanescence's Fallen CD? I play "Haunted," "Tourniquet" and "Bring Me to Life" at Halloween, but haven't yet sequenced them. http://www.amazon.com/Fallen-Evanescence/dp/B000089RVX/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1285347050&sr=1-1[url="http://www.amazon.com/Fallen-Evanescence/dp/B000089RVX/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1285347050&sr=1-1"]
  10. MarthaK

    Hobby Lobby!

    Hobby Lobby is opening in Fredericksburg, VA! The store is in the Central Park shopping center right off I-95. Opening day is planned for Oct 11.
  11. Thanks for the tip Carrie! I will give this one a shot....but I didn't get past the first line where you mentioned pounding rebar without chills going up my spine.....hard soil here. (Note to self, stage the choir in the garden spot.)
  12. Tim, Thanks for sharing the link. I noticed that the ones you order have a shorter sleeve around the bulb than the ones from Bronner's. Have you tried CFLs in them? Not even compact CFLs work in may of my original sockets simply because the sleeve prevents connection. I'm one of those that are too respectful of original parts to bring myself to cut the sleeve down like some do. If CFLs light in them, this could be my solution.
  13. There was chatter at the 2010 Mini about the location for the next one. Is there anyone who was seriously thinking of hosting the 2011? Fredericksburg was a location that came up a few times (mostly for the donuts, I think). Since then. Paul Glancy has been digging up information on a possible site in this area. I figured since locations need to be booked pretty far in advance that I would get the conversation started. Where do you all want to hold it next year? Is the same time of year good for folks?
  14. I've read through the posts here and have seen Lemax and Dept 56 mentioned, but not some of my favorites. Is there anything particular that you like? If Dept 56, which set, North Pole, Christmas in the City, Snow Village, etc. I display: the Bedford Falls/It's A Wonderful Life set produced by Target, Sears' A Christmas Story set, and the Currier & Ives set sold by JoAnn's some time ago.
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