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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 […]

Finally

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. […]

Finally, some lights…

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

Okay, so for those of you who have been wondering about the lights, they are finally running! There are a few pixel elements that are still waterlogged, and will need to dry out before they work again. Hopefully by this weekend, we can be up to full speed. We will keep you updated. For now, […]

Just relax and look at the center of the picture…

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Keep watching and repeat after me:  “I will come to the light show. I will come to the light show.” All kidding aside, the new and revised pixel elements are all coming together well and should add some more fun to the display. We’re down to single digits on the countdown timer. It’s hard to […]

It’s the Middle of November Already…

Monday, November 16th, 2015

And I still have a lot to do!  Much progress has been made this week, including installation of the new pixel tree, raising of the first layer of the spiral tree, and many smaller items coming together. I also have a final layout plan together, which will allow me to get on with my sequencing. […]

Opportunities to Give

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

It’s only October, but seasonal opportunities to give are popping up already. The first one that arrived in my mailbox is one that I have participated in before:  the Thanksgiving Dinner drive for Kansas City Rescue Mission (KCRM). Each year, KCRM feeds a large number of homeless people, as well as families and elderly folks that […]

Old Time Radio Christmas, Round 2

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Those of you who have visited our site for a while may remember a previous post about Old Time Radio shows. I posted it a little over a year ago, but those of you who may have missed it are welcome to view that post HERE. This year, I have selected another set of shows to […]

Follow us!

Friday, September 11th, 2015

As the Christmas season approaches, we will post more updates as well as fun Christmas-related posts. You can be notified of any new posts automatically by clicking on the “Follow” button in the lower right corner of your screen. Our posts are also cross-posted onto our Facebook page, which you can like by clicking the […]

Breaking the Silence…

Friday, September 4th, 2015

At least the silence around here. It been a few months since I posted anything about the show, so here’s my first update of the season to get things started. New things to look for this year: – A new all-pixel tree in front of the house – Pixel candy canes – A new tree […]

2014 Videos

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

I have posted a handful of videos from this year’s show HERE They’re not spectacular, but you can definitely get an idea of the scope of the show. -B

And That’s a Wrap

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

It’s hard to believe that the season is already over. Granted, when one invests the amount of time into a display that we do, it seems like it should be left up for about three months, but I digress. It was a good season. We spent a handful of nights out on the drive handing […]

Two more nights…

Monday, January 5th, 2015

If you want to come out and see the display, you have two more nights! Tonight, 1/5, and tomorrow, 1/6. There will also be a few random nights for getting video, but I’m not publicizing those 🙂 *As seen on the front page of the KC Star!

Media Recognition

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

We’re honored to have been part of the KC Star’s write-up on elaborate light displays: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article4829961.html I made a small mention in the article, but got the majority of the photos spots 🙂

Christmas Time is Here…

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

It’s hard to believe it, but we are only a few days from Christmas already. Many people are in the last minute shopping, rush to prepare everything, pull your hair out crazy, mode. It is easy to fall into this routine every year- trying to have that ‘perfect’ Christmas, forcing tradition in the name of […]

Look for us in the Star

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

I had a fun time tonight with a photographer from the KC Star. He came out to take pictures of the display, as well as some behind the scenes shots. I had a few breaker issues, as the the show is usually only about 15-25% on at any given time, but I had large amounts […]

Tour Bus Visit

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Before I moved into my current house a little over two years ago, I lived on the main Christmas light driving tour in Johnson county. Consequently, I had limos and tour buses come by the display, which was neat. Now that I have moved to more of an outlying area, I haven’t had that happen, […]

Site additions and updates

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Now that the show is once again underway, I have some time to pick at the website. I am reactivating the calendar for the show season. I have once again included information about the Advent Season and its progression. New for this year are short daily readings taken from Surviving Christmas, a devotional Ebook published […]

They’re on!

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

After a few weeks of scrambling, the lights are on! I have a couple more things to add tomorrow, but the basic show is up and going. Basic preview here: I hope you have a chance to come by over the next several weeks and ‘Listen to the Lights!’ -B

City of Shawnee Christmas News

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

If you share the city of Shawnee with us, or just live locally, there are a couple of Christmas-related items that I wanted to share: First, the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund is open for donations. The City sells ornaments for $5, which will then be placed on the Mayor’s Christmas tree. All funds then go […]

Charity

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

October. Already. As we near the holiday season, charities will once again begin to vie for your attention. From bell ringers to homeless shelters, food pantries to clothes closets, there are a great many charities that deserve consideration when deciding where to donate your money or time. Many people have a certain charity to which […]

Banned?

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Sorry if any of you have encountered a ‘You Are Banned’ message when trying to visit here. I had an some issues with my blocking plug-in, including locking myself out… sheesh. Anyhow, the issue is resolved. Thanks for your patience. -B

Progress Toward the 2014 Show

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

It’s been a time of planning, trying to get all of the display updates and changes laid out, and then procuring the necessary controllers and lights to make it all happen. I think I have everything accounted for (crossing fingers). Recent progress includes: -Completing three additional 8 channel controllers for some added versatility -Completing a […]

Old Time Radio Christmas

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

  Those of you who know me, likely know that I enjoy listening to radio shows from the 1930’s-1960’s. I primarily like the detective and police dramas, but there are also some westerns and comedies that I listen to regularly. Most of these shows were weeklies, and reflected the season in which they were broadcast. […]

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