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KCRM Thanksgiving 2018

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Most of you that know me, or follow these posts online, know that we collect funds for Kansas City Rescue Mission during the light display. Those that have poked around the website may have noticed that we leave the donation links up all year, since their needs are more than just during the Christmas season. […]

Dusting off the New Post button…

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

I know I have been absent from the blog this year, but I’ll attempt to stay up on it through the Christmas Season. For today, I am just announcing that I had to change the broadcast frequency for the show from 101.7 FM to 99.9 FM. There is a new sports talk station on 101.7 […]

The Donations Have Been Dropped Off!

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

I was (finally) able to get downtown to KCRM this morning and drop off the donations from the light show this year. We padded it just a touch to make it an even $800. This is our largest donation total yet! I met with Julie, my primary contact at the mission, and she introduced me […]

And that’s it…

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

It was a good run this year, but the time has come to shut them down for the season. Short of some filming time this week, that’s a wrap. The show ran almost flawlessly, feedback was positive, and we collected nearly $800 for KCRM-our highest total yet. Thanks again for all the support.     […]

Winding Down for 2016-17

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

This is the last weekend this season for those of you who would like to see the lights again (or for the first time). We are running the show from 5:25pm until 9:45pm, tonight and tomorrow night. It’s supposed to warm up some this coming week, so we’ll begin disassembly directly 🙂 Thank you to […]

Thank you…

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

…on a few different fronts: -Thank you for voting us into the top three in Shawnee’s Facebook Christmas light competition! Julie from the City of Shawnee stopped by tonight and dropped off a bag of Shawnee swag. Yes, I said swag. Shirts, mugs, stickers, and the like. Fun. -Thank you for making this our largest […]

One more chance to Vote!

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Shawnee’s Facebook Christmas Light competition ends tonight! If you haven’t voted for us yet, please do so! If you want to vote for someone else, please don’t! 🙂 Just click this link and like the photo of our display! VOTE HERE! Thank you!

Lost Charm?

Monday, December 26th, 2016

I found a well-loved charm in our donation box last night. I don’t believe it to have any monetary value, but someone has had it for some time. If it is yours, please feel free to come by and claim it:

Home Stretch!

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Only a few more days until Christmas! It’s hard to believe, and each year the season seems to pass with increasing speed. Traffic this year has been a little lighter than in years past, but I hope that this week will make up for it 🙂 We will be out on the drive handing out […]

Mystery Videographer

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

I happened to glance outside while the lights were running, and noticed a person out front taking video of the lights. They were set up with a tripod and everything. Unfortunately, I had prior obligations to prepare for, and was unable to go out and say ‘hi.’ If the person who was taking video sees […]

Up and Running

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

The display is up and running. I will continue to tweak on it, but I’m satisfied enough to let everyone come see it 😀 Come by between 5:15 and 10:15 (for now, later hours nearer Christmas), and see the new LEDs and the new pixel display elements. We are once again collecting monetary donations for […]

KCRM Connect

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

KCRM has published the 2016 Holiday edition of their Connect newsletter. We managed to get a mention on page 2! You can browse the newsletter at or read it below:


Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

It’s easy to skip past Thanksgiving in the holiday rush, but there’s many reasons to slow down and put some thought into this day. The history of the Holiday is interesting in and of itself, including not only the accounts of the ‘first Thanksgiving’ given by William Bradford, but also individual days of thanksgiving proclaimed […]

It’s Almost Time…

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Most of the display preparations are completed, and as usual it required a crazy of couple weeks to get it done. The show will kick off officially on Friday, November 25th. If you come by on Thanksgiving night you may see some lights, but only in bits and pieces as the final testing is completed. […]


Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

It’s that time of year again, where charities start popping out of the woodwork and asking for your consideration. With the increasing prevalence of GoFundMe pages, and constant social media bombardment from those who would have our money, it becomes easier and easier to just pull back and pocket what we have. Giving when pressured […]

Old Time Radio Christmas, Round 3

Friday, October 14th, 2016

It’s time for our third annual post showcasing Old Time radio Christmas shows. If you have missed the past posts, you can find them HERE and HERE This year, I have selected yet another set of classic Christmas shows to share, and I hope you will enjoy listening to them. The first selection is from […]

Chalk up another season

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Well, that’s a wrap. The lights have run their last sequence for the season, and the yard has gone dark. It was a successful, though stressful, season, with a good amount of traffic. Feedback on the new display features was overwhelmingly positive. Donations were down from last year, but still 50% more than the previous […]

Hard to believe…

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

  If you want to see the lights, you have exactly two more chances: tonight, and tomorrow night. This season flew by, and I’m sure part of that is due to the late start. It’s been a season of struggles and learning, as we adapted some new technology to the show. We managed to work out […]

Late Season Visitors

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Nice to see several cars stopped out front tonight. Traffic had been a little thin the last couple nights. The roads being a little slick didn’t help that, I’m sure.   The lights will continue running each night through at least 1/5. Come by and take a peek, if you haven’t already. We are still […]

It’s Christmas…

Friday, December 25th, 2015

…for a few more hours. If you’re tired of sitting around watching tv, or bored with your toys, or just a little stir crazy, come on out and see the lights! The display is up and running until about 10:45. It will run each night through January 6th. Don’t forget that we are collecting for […]

Christmas Eve, Watterson Style

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Almost Christmas…

Friday, December 18th, 2015

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is almost here. Just a month ago I was fretting about getting the lights up and going. Thanksgiving came and went, and the lights were still dark. After a huge effort by my dad, my wife and me, we finally got the lights (mostly) going by the first weekend […]

A Great Night for Lights!

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

If you’re sitting at home, tired of Sunday evening TV, and looking for something to get you out of the house, go find some Christmas Lights! There’s a link on our front page for the Johnson County driving tours, which are well-researched and put together.  If you don’t feel that ambitious, just swing by our […]


Saturday, December 5th, 2015

I feel like we rebuilt the entire show today, but I’m glad we put the effort in. All the pixel elements are finally up and going. Over 800 pixels were replaced today, including the entire pixel tree and both shooting stars. I also repaired the star on the original big tree, which was a trick […]

Improvements coming

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Those of you who have come by the show this year have only seen part of what was planned. The pixel tree, our new feature item, hasn’t run all season. Other pixel display pieces have had issues, as well, all due to water intrusion into the individual pixels, causing data errors and erratic operation at best. […]


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