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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
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  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
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  1. Date has been set for this year's mini, to be held in Dayton, NJ again. Last year was such a success with the venue, we booked the same site again. Here is the web site for more info and registration. Date is April 6th. Red Cup social Friday night as per normal. https://dancona4.wixsite.com/epicchristmas
  2. Have a great time and post some pictures!!
  3. Since your brackets are busted and your teams are on their way home, might as well sign up for the Jersey mini today!!
  4. You can also play along on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/157080087781386/ I received a nice note from someone who will be attending the mini this year, which they stated they are new and very much looking forward to the event. Got me thinking, if you are relatively new to the hobby, I don't want you to think this will be only for those that have been around for a while. Please sign up!! You will never again have the opportunity this year to talk in person to those that have the answers to all your questions!!! April 14th is right around the corner!!! Hope to see all of you there!! As a matter of fact, if you're an old cranky vet of the hobby. you still have things to learn. So you might as well sign up also!!
  5. Registration is now open! Visit the web page below to sign up. This year’s event will be held on April 14th at Pierre's in the Dayton section of So Brunswick. The site is easily accessible from the NJ Turnpike and Route 130. Doors open at 9:30, presentations start at 10am, lunch around 12:30 and we wrap up at about 5 or so. Cost this year is $50 per person. I have made every effort to keep the cost down. Agenda is still in the works. I think we are going to have a very loose agenda this year with a few presentations early in the day and then possibly some smaller group discussions on topics of interest that were brought up via the survey. At least, I hope we can accomplish this. With that said, I encourage you all to bring along something you’re proud of or made or possibly an item that others have made mention of here. Check with me if you have any questions. . In years past, is seems like people enjoy the milling around between stations and being able to have more time to talk to one another. I’m open to anyone that would like to be a presenter. I’ll post some topics soon, or if you have one, let me know. For those coming in from a distance, hotel arrangements have been made with a slightly reduced rate at the Renaissance/ South Brunswick, same hotel as the past 2 years. You will find a link on the web page that will assist in making the reservations or simply call the hotel – number on the web page. The reduced rate covers room bookings for Thursday as well as Friday and Saturday, as I’m aware some may come in earlier. Red Cup Social will of course be held on Friday night. The restaurant will be announced soon. Everyone will well come to attend. There is still a lot of work to be done prior to the event, so please stay tuned. The web site will be updated accordingly throughout prior to the date of the event. https://dancona4.wixsite.com/tristatemini2018 You can also play along on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/157080087781386/
  6. with any new migration, all I ask is that old material is not lost. Last time we had a change here, I lost not only most of my PM's which contained some great info from members who are now deceased, but also there are many older posts that no longer have the pictures or links. This alone was very upsetting.
  7. No guy wires and you're looking for a problem - just in case wind storm come in. PVC is not really all that strong
  8. I would like to thank Andrew and his family for once again hosting the event. Also thanking Steve, Jack, Dan and Ken for the thier fantastic presentations. Thank you also goes out to Chuck for helping with the organization. To all the vendors that contributed door prizes - many thanks for your continues support to the event and hobby in general. Please keep them in mind while purchasing goods and services. Thanks to Allison and Bobby for streaming some video. ( I have no idea how that came out, but hope it was somewhat successful) Last, thanks to all of the attendees for taking time to make the trip. Without you, the event would not have been the succes it was.
  9. And yet more thanks to additional vendors supporting the event: Gregg at http://winkelbottoms.com/ Chris at http://radiant-holidays.com/ LOR http://store.lightorama.com/index.html Once again, a big THANK YOU to all the vendors that have contributed. Please support them all as they have supported you!!!
  10. 132 Park Ave, Cinnaminson, NJ See post #5 for more details.
  11. Time is running out! Less than one week left for the Jersey event. If you're around on the east coast and want to get in on the fun and walk away a little better informed on new and old hardware / software, sign up today!!! Hope to see you all there!
  12. Like to thank the following for thier support of the event once again this year! Darryl at http://www.christmaslightshow.com/ And our own Dave at http://diychristmas.org/store/ Thanks guys.
  13. And yet another presenter has stepped up. We will have a short presentation on the 681 controller and how it will run different types of pixel nodes as well as DMX out to be able to run your other types of controllers!
  14. Not completly sure, Bill. I have had a roll for some time - no box. Not real thin. More like the painter's grade. It's not completely clear, but in no means not obaque either.
  15. Clear painter's plastic. Still can see out the window during the day. Works like a charm!
  16. Two weeks and counting!! Thanks to some of the vendors supporting us this year! Doug at http://www.wireframedlites.com/ Val at http://www.christmas-leds.com/Default_v3.aspx Greg at http://seasonalentertainmentllc.com/ Jim at http://sandevices.com/ Kevin at http://www.thedementedelf.com/ Wayne J at http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?22450-SS-Renard-Kits-Now-Available-(current-6-8-13) Please support the vendors that support you!!
  17. Decided we aren't going to put a block on any rooms as we don't want to get caught if things chage (we would be responsible for charges). At this point, I suggest calling the hotel - no on line registration. If you tell them you are with the Jersey Epic. You may get a better rate. As of this morning there were still some rooms available. Unsure of rate as of today. Please call hotel directly 1-856-616-1200 and mention Jersey Epic. This will allow you to have a 2 night stay before tax of 84.99. Because of the busy weekend all other people are required a 4 night stay. They are only offering this to the next 10 people. Extended Stay America - Philadelphia - Cherry Hill 1653 E. State Hwy. No. 70 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
  18. Registration is now open for this year’s EPIC to be held on June 22, 2013 in Cinnaminson, NJ. Registration is $30 and included light breakfast, lunch and Andy always throws something interesting on the grill later. Time looks to be around 9:30AM and typically goes till long after dark. Registration site: http://www.epic-christmas.com/ The event has been well received in the past and looks to be the same again this year. It is held outside in Andy’s back yard, rain or shine. We boast an extremely casual set up – most of the time is spent just BS’n. This year’s agenda: There is none!! Some topics we will most likely have are: Software options; LOR, LSP, Vixen – what is common what is different. Hardware options; From plug and play LOR to DYI stuff such as Renards. LOR and DMX – how they play together Pixels and more Pixels What types of controllers are out there? How do Madrix and Nutrocker work in your show? Anyone that has some knowledge of any of these topics, please bring along your hardware / software and show it off!!! So, if you can’t make it out to ACDC this year and need to stay local, please join us!
  19. Time to ramp up this event! Host Andy has confirmed availabilty of his back yard and date is set -- Sat June 22 - 9am till the last person get kicked out. Hotels in the area are subject at best right now due to some lacross event in the area. If you find one, post it! Looking for a head count. A new web site is being set up for registration and should be up and running soon by or IT department. If you're a vendor and wish to donate a door prize, PM me. As for an agenda - pretty much open at this point. I know some attendees will be bringing along thier 68x controllers and pixels. I'm sure we can get some more ideas soon. Need to unload some stuff, bring it a long. With that said, bring your wallet so you can pick up some bargins. (you will see this exact post on all the forums - I'm busy and lazy and have no desire to rewrite, so don't bother me)
  20. Picked up a Zmodo off Woot for $100 - 4 camera / DVR. Didn't have a hard drive, but was easy. Work well enough for wha I need.
  21. Easiest way to get this done is to cut the olds off the board rather than de-solder. Then heat the pad and pull the legs out one at a time,
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