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This Website is Dedicated to our son

                    Michael Carroll 

‘Tis The Season For Our
15th Lighting Celebration

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Starting November 19th, 2021

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When I first Decorated the house to Synchronized lights, this is what went through my head.

7-3-21 : This year I'm going to do a "Flash Back" and set the display exactly like it was in 2008 

7-4-21 : Creating new sequences (songs)

9-2-21 : Fixing Mega Tree

9-12-21 : Testing New FM Transmitter

9-21-21 : Fixing Props and Replacing Bulbs

9-26-21 : designing 2008 layout for 2021

9-26-21 : Ordered cords & plugs

9-30-21 : Constructing new arches 

10-2-21 : Working on Matrix (display screen)

10-3-21 : Finished new arches 

10-7-21 : Replacing Cat5 Networking

10-10-21 : Installed CCR/RGB Matrix

10-13-21 : Installed 1 Arch, with 1 to go

10-16-21 : Last Arch & Alley Stars Installed

Over the August 21st, 2021 weekend I decided to install shelves in the "holiday Hut"

The Fun Begins
The Fun Begins

Emptied out most of the "Holiday Hut"

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Everybody Outside

Put all my new/unused lights outside

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Work Bench

Adding "stuff" to the workbench

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The Fun Begins
The Fun Begins

Emptied out most of the "Holiday Hut"

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10-23-21 : Fixed JOY sign

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Please Join Us For A Merry Christmas Of 
Synchronized Lights And Music!

What?

Synchronized Lights and Music

on your car radio at 88.3FM

Where?

519 South Wabash Street

Wheeling WV 26003

Go To The Directions Page

Time?

Starting November 19th

From 5:00pm to 10:30PM

Until January 1st, 2022

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 How it Started

 

Michael (our son, 9 years old in 2006) was still recovering from Leukemia so he was home bound a good part of the time and one day back in December 2006 Michael was watching the Carson Williams video of Wizards in Winter on youtube.com and he looked up at me smiled and said....."You can do that Dad, can't you?" In a shaky voice I mumbled....yeah, I knew it would take me some time to research and build it. well. that was what I did. I tried to build my own controller which was not so hard of a project I found a website Do It Yourself Christmas and bought a controller kit but I was having trouble spending the time needed to get this project online before Christmas 2007, so I started to search the internet again and I found Light-O-Rama & Wowlights, I purchased most of my equipment from wowlights.com by late 2007 I was ready for my 1st attempt. I was happy with the results so happy with it, I left them on way after New Years and Linda was asking me in early February to put my toys away. and with that I did. And all winter, spring and summer I was thinking on how I was going to make 2008 even better.

How the Lights Stole Christmas Story

 

*I spent all of 2007 assembling controllers and sequencing the music (I never told anybody I was doing this) and in late November 2007 Linda asked me what I needed for the Christmas lights for the season I told her I needed 30-100 strands of mini-white lights, 10-100 bulbs in Red, Blue, Green and 20-100 bulb Multi's and 16-50ft extension cords and...at this time she looked at me like I was nuts and I took her outside and explained what I did and she said, "Oh, great....We're the Griswold's" I reminded her of what Michael asked me last year so I explained in detail how it works and that weekend as I was installing the system Linda was "coming on board" with the concept and gave many suggestions and helped install the system, all this without Michael knowing what we were doing, It was fantastic watching the whole show come together for the first time. I spent many hours after Michael went to bed and sat in my car and watched the lights blink to the music, that's when I knew this was no longer a hobby, its an obsession :)

The Early Surprise

 

We were ready to surprise Michael with our new "Lights" toy, he still had no idea that I built the system. The wife and I took Michael out to dinner and when we got close enough to home to pick up the music on the radio he heard Wizards in Winter and said...."Hey, turn that up"..and while he was jammin' we got in front of the house and he looked up and saw the house jammin' in its own special way, He said..... "You Did it, You Remembered" the look on his face made all the 100's of hours of work worth it. I will never forget the expression on his face.

The Story Continues...

In June of 2013 Michael was diagnosed with a Grade IV brain tumor, the tumor developed because of a radiation treatment he had in 2004 to stop his Leukemia, I have to admit after all these years of doing a Synchronized Christmas Light Show I was having doubts, but Michael likes what we do, so the show continues.

 

The Worst...

Michael passed away on July 3rd 2014 at 2:15am and I did continue the light show in 2014 and 2015 might be my last year, (as you can read that didn't happen) it's a lot of work and it takes me 5 weekends to set up the display to be ready for Thanksgiving Night, and I am not getting any younger and since Michael was my only child my drive to do this light show is dwindling, but this Light Display was Michael's idea and that resonates in my head with every hour I install this light display. Here it is 2021 and I'm planning/designing to do the display (our 15th Christmas Season)

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This Website is Dedicated to our son

                    Michael Carroll 

Here is the Featured Video for the 2020 Season

Here is the Featured Video for the 2013 Season.This is a request from Michael, He asked me to do this song to lights

 (This video will always be here as long as I have this website)

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