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Latest Oct 19th 2014
Well, this weekend , we managed to fix a few more lights, yet again, Nutcracker will have an upgrade so that will make him Nutcracker version 2.5 if all goes well.
We have fantastic news: Wondering what I could do with an LED ropelight, as in can it be cut to suit my needs, I decided to buy a 25 foot section. Friday night, not knowing if it was possible, I said to myself, "The only thing that could happen is it will be destroyed and I will have lost 23$." Well it didn't get destroyed. After cutting it in lengths that I wanted, the only thing which is a bummer is that I will require to build a voltage regulator for every section I cut. This means I have to add 5 tiny pieces of electronics to each section I need. As if I had lots of time left...
Anyway, the fantastic news is since I can cut LED ropelight and make something, we will after all, add something new to the Christmas display. Catherine is pretty happy that we will be able to make something at the last minute to impress the crowds again this year. I'm not sure how many more LEDs that will add but it might be a few more 1000's. Building of the item starts next weekend!!!!!
Update Oct 2nd 2014
Well it is official. We now have the Halloween Display up and running since last night. We had very small problem but was quickly fixed. We already had maybe half a dozen cars coming so it is a good start.Hours of operation will vary depending on how quickly darkness will come but generally speaking, from Sunday to Thursday, it will be around 7:45pm until 9:45pm.
Friday to Saturday, from 7:45pm until 11pm. We added lights to our trees for the first time in 3 years for Halloween. Sure looks nice.
Hope to see you at our display!
Happier News Update Sept 18 2014
To start with, I would like to thank all those who have sent us well wishes in respect with our rough situation. We are standing tall once again in part with the moral support expressed by your emails and we will not let Mother Nature ruin our parade.
We have been busy renovating the basement and this past weekend, we have been looking and repairing all the lights that had been broken due to the freezing rain we got between Christmas and New Years past. There was more damage than previously written. For example, on one mini mega tree with purple lights, out of 16 strings of lights, 2 were functional. The other 14 had wires pulled out of the light sockets which couldn't be fixed. I had to cut the broken lights and add new ones from a working string to fix the broken ones. I call the supply light, the sacrificial lamb of our display. With it, I will be able to fix the other broken ones.
However, with all that renovation and fixing of the lights, our shows won't have any new added items BUT, I will change stuff around and add/fix a few more songs. To all of those who support our charity and who have been coming for the past 3 years, many thanks for your contributions. Don't forget to tell your friends and family so they too, can have lightfull memories of our display.
This weekend, we will be starting to set up for the Halloween display which will run (hopefully) from October 1st until October 31st.
Thanks again and hope to see you at our displays!!!
Sad News Update July 12 2014
Thanks to wrath of Tropical Storm Arthur , he had taken the power from our
house and left 5 inches of water behind, in our basement. Of course we were not
here when that happened so imagine our shock when we went in our basement. One
of the major casualties were the new lights that were going to be used in this
years display . They are of the newer kind which are removable but that is a
curse. Their contacts are made of 2 different metals so they corrode quicker
especially in flood waters
We were going to start building the new fixture for the Christmas display
but right now, we are not sure what we are going to do. This punch plus the awful
weather we got last December, has created one hell of a toll on our lights. We
have about 10 percent damages on our strings of light which most can't be
repaired cause they are of the older kind (which were the best).
Catherine and I are just discouraged with the whole thing. We work very hard
and try our very best to bring you, our fans, a light show to ironically,
forget about our daily troubles and enjoy a show which is fun for the whole
family. We will lose a lot of money in this fiasco as our insurance says we
were not covered for this type of mishap. I guess it would have been better if
it had burnt since then they would have paid. Been with them for over 22 years
never claimed anything and no help from them. Oh well, no need to dwell on this
since the damage has been done and there is nothing I can do.
Right now, we have no idea what will happen with the show. One computer has
been damaged (the laptop used to tweak the show outside in the yard), many lights
need to be repaired, no time to build anything new and so on. Keep an eye out
on this site to see what will happen. Only time will tell for sure.
Heart broken Dany
Latest Update (April 28th)
This is Monday, 2 days after we finally finished picking up the extensions cords, put away Nutcracker ver 2.0 and the Christmas Ball. Sure looks weird not having to stare at any Christmas decorations. Although there are still many to see on my street. What are they waiting for? Are they waiting for me to set an example? Ours are ALL gone now so come on people. Time to put them in storage. OR better yet, if you have LED lights you want to get rid of, it will be my pleasure to get them off your hands for you.
Almost Easter Update (April 9th)
Well as of today, there are 260 days left before Christmas. There is still over 4 feet of snow covering the 3000+ feet of extension cords, Nutcracker still up (feel like turning him on when I see snow falling at this time of year) the Christmas ball is also still up,along with many other items that were just stuck in ice back on the 2nd of January. At the pace the snow is falling versus the time it was supposed to melt, I almost doubt if Spring and/or summer will even be here so the display might stay up all year afterall. Less work for us to put it back up.
Seriously though, we are still preparing for a bigger show this Christmas but first, Halloween will see a new character added to the display and maybe something else which would be a first in this area. I still don't know how the ######## would work in the cool or damp times of fall. I'll have to experiment soon with it. If it doesn't work, I will tell you what it was. If it does work, you'll have to wait until Halloween display goes up on the 1st of October!!!!
New Year Update:January 7th
Happy New Year everybody! Hope 2014 will bring you health and happiness.
The display is all down except the Nutcracker: he is stuck in ice. The rest is all stored away and oh boy, was there ever breakage. The freezing rain we got before Christmas has made a thick ice crust and the 30 or so cm we got right after, made weight on top of that ice and whatever light that was caught in the ice, broke. We have about 10% damage. This is a major blow to our display. We might or might not have a bigger display next year since we have to fix about 60 or so strings of light. Many of the colors that are broken can't be found anymore. We are so discouraged that it isn't funny. All that time and money that we spend to make a show gets broken and this is money we don't have much to start with. On top of that, the weather hasn't been cooperative at all so we are far from our usual 13K$ we like to reach. This year, we made 9728.75$ and if we count Halloween , we barely passed 10000$. Thank you everybody that came to see the display and donate for Make A Wish. We will never be thankful enough for your generousity.
Now I am asking for your help. I know it is cheap to do so but I am desperate. If you know someone who has LED lights in extra and would like to donate them for a good cause, please think of us. We will take whatever people can give. We have too many lights to fix and any new ideas that we want to add for your pleasure will be non existant without your help. If you like the shows to get bigger, you know what to do. Thank you for your help. Now that we are in the full second week of January, we are already getting ready for Halloween and Christmas. It comes faster than you think.
Latest Update:December 28th
Well mother nature has been anything but helpful this year. She has kept the crowds away, she rained on our show for too long, she has practically buried our show under 4 feet of snow. Thanks for nothing Diva. Hope you get nothing for Christmas next year. To make matters worst, right in the half way part of the show last night, we ran out of power. I must say we were lucky and truely sympathize with the other clients of NB Power who have lost (some still out of power) their power. The donations are very low this year due to really bad weather.
I do however want to thank all those who have come to our show so far. Your generousity is exemplary! Without you people, we would only have a show. With your help, we have a show bringing hope, joy and strength to kids that have life threatning sicknesses. On their behalf, I would like to thank you for your help in making the Lincoln Light show, what it is.
We were also out yesterday to buy Christmas lights for next years display. Leave it to Fredericton to have very little stock of certain colors. I would love to buy locally but when I have no choice but source them out of the province, I can't help it. I wish businesses would consult me and I would tell them what works and what doesn't. I won't name the business we went to yesterday but offering 10% off for out of season item, this is not a deal. Bah Humbug to you. Alibaba, here I come !
News Update:December 6th
We have had problems since the very first day we started this year. Things are flashing or going off when they should or shouldn't. This week's weather has left a mark on our show. Snow is not a problem. Rain on top of snow, not so-good. We think we have fixed most problems so don't be afraid to come see our show. We run the show from Sun-Thur 6-10pm and Fri-Sat 6-11pm.
News FLASH: November 27th: To all of those who came to see the show last night, I am very sorry for the crash and lack of show. I have NO idea what caused it but took every precaution to make sure it won't (can't be 100% sure) happen again. I even went as far as reformatting my whole computer to make sure no gremlins were left behind. I might be running the latest software (although it is still in BETA format) in hopes that it won't crash again. We are not running the show tonight due to very wet front lawn. That causes lights to light up on its own. Not good.
Also, PLEASE DO NOT WALK AROUND DISPLAY. Someone did that last year and it could have been very dangerous to the person (kid) walking around where cables and electricity lay down. Not mentioning the fact that one could trip in a controlling cable and destroy the show for everyone. Thanks for your understanding.
Freshest News Update: November 24th:
Well, after a month and 4 days later of no news, we are turning the show on on Monday November 25th until the 1st of January. This year, instead of 28000+ lights, we have passed the 35000+ mark!!! Also, the Nutcracker looks nicer due to a revamp of his lights. There are at least 300 more lights just on him. We have something different this year for Julie's trees (our neighbor). Instead of regular lights, we have flood lights flashing the huge maple tree. It was in the back of the house last year but since the front had so many lights, you couldn't really see the effect. Wait till you see the ...well you'll have to come to our show to see what is new.
For Halloween, we almost made $1300 which will go towards granting the wish of Miranda from Norton, New Brunswick.
lives with a rare and life-threatening condition, systemic juvenile arthritis
(JA. ) Once very active in soccer and volleyball, Miranda is now limited by the
effects of her disease. Like most children with systemic JA, she lives with
severe joint pain and swelling, high fevers and rashes over her body. Most
living with this disease anaemic and develop severe arthritis in many joints
that persists into adulthood. A common side effect is eye inflammation causing
glaucoma, scars and cataracts.The
ever-present danger with systemic JA is the possibility and onset of
inflammation of the organs such as the liver, spleen lymph nodes or pericardium
(the tissue surrounding the heart) all of which can be fatal. Her most
cherished wish is a family trip to Hawaii, to ease the pain of her joints in the
warm waters of the blue Pacific. Thank you to all of those who helped us in raising that money. We still have Christmas to go....
Latest News Update October 20th: Well this weekend was very busy. We finally managed to update the Nutcracker by adding more lights to it. We'll call him Nutcracker Version 2.0. The lights that were on it last year did not stay on good or had started to fade. This time, all the lights will be removed from him for easy storage at the end of the show. We still have to finish up the new item which will be....sorry. It won't be revealed until November 25th. Less than 26 days away.....
NEWSFlash October 4th: Holy cow! again 3 months without an update. Not good. Anyway, just a quick note to let you know (for those who still come here) that the Halloween display is now up and running as of the 1st. Timings are as follows: Sundays and weekdays, from 7:45pm (earlier as it get darker at the end of the season) till 9:45pm and Friday-Saturday from 7:45-11:00pm. If it is a windless night, there will be a surprise item that is not there if the wind is too high. Gotta been seen to believe it. As of today, there are 54 days before the Christmas display gets lit up and 36 days before we start setting it up. Time flies!!!!
Latest News July 15:
Has it been 3 months since the last update? My gosh. I must be slacking...actually, I'm not. I can't do much due to neck injury. This has been with me since November 26th last year and hasn't gone anywhere. Anybody for free neck injury? I am willing to let it go for free. Pills included!!!!
Seriously, even though I can't do much right now, we are still gathering stuff for the Christmas display as well as new ideas for the Halloween. My Korean War Vet (Salute to all Veterans out there!) neighbor wanted to help us the best he since I am useless at the moment so I told him I neede some rebar to be chopped up in specific lengths and that what he did with Catherine helping. The Nutcracker is getting a refit since all the lights that were on him have been destroyed by mother nature. The lights were not meant to be put on him the way they were and didn't stand the rough weather. The new refit portion will be removable pieces so it can be stored after the season.
The Halloween tree might be gone this year only to be replaced by.....well can't tell you yet as it is still in planning stages. Besides, I wouldn't tell ya anyways. Buggar!
Good friend of ours gave us 10000 zip ties!!! You read that right . 10000 (Ten Thousand). His family believes in our cause for raising money for Make A Wish and wanted to help us by donating the very precious item in our displays. He doesn't want to be recognized for it but I thank him big time on behalf of the happy faces that will see our display either for the first time or for the 100th time this year.
That's all for now but things will come in place one way or another or I am not Dany.....
Yet, Another Update April 29: Well, we finally got our item for Jigsaw. We had received part of the order a few months ago but the item wouldn't work like I thought. To start with, the item operated from 120v and I would rather keep Jigsaw running on 12v for many reasons. One of them being that I would hate seeing him pedal with his head on fire or something. It sure would look cool but the effect would be for a one night only and last maybe 10 minutes. Not good.
Forgot to mention that on April 7th, 2 of the kids that we sponsored for their wish to come true, happened on the same weekend.
Kaitlyn wanted a 3D TV so she could touch the fishes fly by as well as a laptop computer for when she would be at the hospital for treatments. When she arrived at her house to see what was waiting for her, her eyes lit up like our display and I'm sure her jaw hit the floor. She was super excited and happy to see her new TV and surround sound system. It didn't take long that she sat in her tiny comfy chair, popcorn in one hand, 3D glasses on and she was out of this world.
EJ, our fine story telling little boy met his match. Well sort of. He wanted to meet no one else but John Cena of the WWE. I have seen pictures of EJ beside John Cena and let me tell you, I had a hard time picking who was bigger at that moment. He sure was gleaming and all grins with John. I wasn't there but I'm sure he must of had an awesome time with the WWE superstars.
Everytime we get to hear or see the joy we bring to the kids we support, makes us appreciate the Light Show and what it brings to them even more. As long as my health stays good and that Catherine believes in my wild dreams of making the Light Show bigger each year, I will try to sponsor as many kids as possible. These kids will one day afterall, pay my pension when I retire for good!!!
News Again (March 28)
Today, we received our professionally made jingles for the Christmas Show. Instead of a computer generated voice, we have Demeneted Elf Productions creating some good and funny jingles for us this year. They have bits of humor and facts about our display. Also, this year, for those with RDS in their car (Radio Data System), you will be able to see some writing on your radio, if I can manage to understand the software for it...
Good News (March 6)!!!: Well we got the replaced item yesterday. So far, as far as I know, it is complete and no broken pieces! It will be added on the Christmas Show this year. It will be added to the structure that we have to make this summer along the other new items that will be added to the Halloween show. Lot's of work coming up.
Other News (Feb 28)
We finally have the new item on its way to us. Hopefully this time, it won't arrive here in tiny pieces again. We also have on the way, tiny parts for the Halloween display. The idea came from a spectator that had seen Jigsaw and asked why he couldn't do a certain thing. Well since I didn't have the proper equipment or parts to do so, Jigsaw was limited to what you saw was what you got. Once I get the part, it will be put on him to make him look "spookier." More to follow on that one.
If you are still reading this almost 2 months after the show has come down. Thank you. I have this web page to keep our fans of the show, in the loop of what we are doing. Feel free to contact us and let us know why you are still following this web page or even to give us your opinion or ideas that you might like to see. Who knows, maybe we'll add it to our show to keep it fresh and not just the same old same old. Thanks again!
Latest News (Feb 6)
Well we got one item for the Christmas display from a supplier in China, however, it arrived broken. Now we have to wait until after the Chinese New Year to get a new one. Not sure how it will work in the cold.
Well we ordered things for the Christmas display. We have 4000 new lights just for it but some other items need to be cleared through agencies. I'm not saying who or else it will spoil the surprise. We are also building plans for the Halloween display. Catherine has many awesome ideas but she kindly lets me handle the technicalities of things like making this or that work, adding this with these things that could go like this and so on. I'm not saying any of the ideas we are adding. Only those who will have contacted us and left their email will be the first ones to know about it when the time comes.
Another Update: The videos from the display are now up. I just added the best ones. At the bottom of that page, you can see the access to my YOUTube account. Just click on it and it will bring you to other videos.
To see the videos, just click on the link on the left side of this page or click here.
Also, don't forget. If you want to be informed of when we will be putting up the Halloween and Christmas display, make sure you "contact us ." That way, you won't forget to see both of them. With what we have planned for both, it really isn't to miss!
Big Update: I have to thank everyone who have helped us raise exactly 13399.50$ !!!!
Without your generosity, this would not have been possible. Thank you to my community for their patience and understanding of this wonderful cause that we support, Allen Candy for some of the candy canes that we distributed to all the people who donated, Pro Simms Harware for letting us buy lights throughout the year, Ian and Don at Best Metal for their help in getting rebar and other metals for the fabrication of our giant singing nutcracker and Christmas Ball, Melissa at Sign FX for the donation of the traffic signs, Steven Hayes in making sure we had a controlled traffic route this year, CBC in putting our show on the map.Thank you to anyone who have helped us, Rob, Tina, Lorraine, her son Matt and all of those who I can't remember at the moment.
By the way, since we started raising money for Make A Wish, we have been able to get exactly 27876.78$ in 2 years. Again, thank you very much to all of those who contributed. I will never say it enough.
Dany and Catherine , owners of the Lincoln Light Show
PS: Wait until you see what we are planning for this year's Halloween and Christmas. We will knock your socks off!
Newer than before : Well we have passed the 11000$ mark! Many thanks to everybody that have contributed to make this happen. We still have 4 more night counting this one(Saturday Dec 29th). We might reach our goal. The generosity of the people who came to see our display again this year is just simply amazing. I can't thank you enough on behalf of the children who will benefit from these donations.
Even newer : Merry Christmas everyone! To all of those who have come to see our show and donated to our charity, I say to you "Thank you 10000 times!"
Yes, as of last night, Christmas Eve, we have just passed 10000$ for our charity, the Make A Wish foundation. We are ,oh so very close, to beat our amount last year that I think we can still make it. We have the display on until January 1st, the last day it will be up. For those who haven't seen it, you can help us reaching our goal of beating the amount by 1$ if you come to see our show. If you think it was worth watching it, by all means, show your support. If not, I still thank you very much for you taking the time to come and see it.
Newer: Last Thursday, we had one BIG surprise! On top of having the wonderful trio of Melissa, Joyce and Daphne from the Make A wish Atlantic area headquarters, we also had EJ's family stop by! We had no clue that they had been invited to assist our 1 year celebration of helping Make A Wish foundation with our display!
It was good time for all. We sure will never forget that night. Thanks guys for coming over. It was greatly appreciated. Below is the picture of us, on a cold night, posing for memories to come. Unfortunately, missing in the picture is EJ's mom. She was behind the camera.
New: On Thursday December 13, join us to celebrate 1 year of partnership with Make A Wish foundation! Reps from the Atlantic Area will be joining us in handing out candy canes to all of those who will be coming to see the display. We'll be outside at 6:30, time that the show begins. See you there!
We finally made one. A web page that is!
Many people were asking me if we had one but now, it is a reality.
Again this year, our display is on for your enjoyment.
Hours of operation:
The show is about 15-20 minutes and repeats until the night is over. Every second day, the show repeats so if you come with your friends on a Monday night, the following night will be a different show.
Tune your car radio to 94.9 FM to "hear" the lights!
We will be collecting free will donations for our charity of choice, the Make-A-Wish foundation, Atlantic area. This year, we will support a very cute little fella, EJ. We had the chance to meet him and his family this past October and it was a treat. We had great time and am looking forward for the next time he will be coming to visit us.
Merry Christmas and thank you for taking the time to visit our show and help us in making a difference in a child's wish to come true.
Dany and Catherine "Mr. and Mrs. Lights"