Bill Hoffman

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  1. We deal with some great vendors in this hobby of Holiday Lighting. One of them, that I highly recommend, is Christmas Done Bright. They have been making spectacular wireframes for a very long time, and they are one of the best in the business. We will be featuring their products, and raffling off a beautiful "Ringing Bell" wireframe, plus several $100 gift certificates, at Light Up Ohio 2017 on June 2-3 in Westerville, Ohio. You don't want to miss it. Registration is "OPEN NOW" at
  2. This is your invitation to join us at the 11th Annual Light Up Ohio Symposium. It's being held in beautiful Westerville, Ohio on June 2-3. One of the key speakers on June 3rd will be David Jones. David is the "Guru" of anything DIY, pertaining to Holiday Lighting. He will be showing us how we all can have a "great" Holiday display using DIY products, and not break the bank doing it. David was at last year's Christmas Expo in Chicago, and we are very honored to have him at Light Up Ohio 2017. Registration is "OPEN NOW"!!!!
  3. Are you confused about getting Xlights and LOR working together in perfect harmony? Clyde Lindsey has volunteered to share his expertise to help you understand how to do this in an all day session at Light Up Ohio 2017, on Friday June 2nd. Clyde is famous for his "how to" videos and is the guru of anything Holiday Lighting related. We are honored to have him at our event. Registration is "OPEN NOW" for Light Up Ohio 2017, but "Seating is Limited", so reserve your spot now.
  4. When I first started doing a synchronized display some 15+ years ago, one company was there to help me every step of the way. I credit them for helping me bring JOY and Wonderful Memories to myself, and countless others who have visited my display over the years. That company is Light O Rama. Not only did they help me in my hobby of "Making Memories", but they have generously supported an event that I hold near and dear to my heart for the past 11 years, Light Up Ohio. This year is no different, and I "Thank" Light O Rama for their continued support. This year they have donated a total of $500 in merchandise credit, that will be given away to 5 lucky winners at Light Up Ohio 2017, on June 3, in beautiful Westerville, OH. Hope to see you there!!! Registration is open "NOW"!!!
  5. Do you remember last year reading about the guy who set up his Christmas display so anyone in the world could control it. He had people controlling his lights from almost every country in the world. Well, his name is Tom Hammond, and his Internet Controlled Christmas Lights has become famous. We are very happy to have him attending Light Up Ohio 2017. Tom will be having a workshop that will outline how to create an internet controlled, interactive Christmas Light Display, based on "FREE" software (Xlights and Falcon Player) and Low-Cost hardware (Raspberry Pi and Arduino). Tom's workshop will be on Saturday morning June 3 at our event. Hope you can attend. Registration is open now at
  6. Do you love Christmas Lights as much as we do? Do you want to take your passion to that Next Level, but are not sure how to do it? Come Join us in beautiful Westerville, OH on June 2nd and 3rd. We will be showing you how to "Make Memories", by spreading the JOY of the Holidays. Registration is "OPEN" now, and the Agenda will be posted in the next few days. Come Join us!!!
  7. We are happy to announce that Light Up Ohio 2017 will be on June 2-3. Location for Friday June 2nd, will be announced at a later date. Location for Saturday June 3rd will be 8am-5pm at Sharon Woods Spring Hollow Lodge in beautiful Westerville, Ohio. Everybody is Welcome! More details will be announced at a later date. We are hoping everybody can attend!
  8. Now that I have finally had a chance to unwind, and clear my head a little of all the information I learned, I would like to Thank some people on Light Up Ohio's behalf. First and foremost, I would like to Thank the people that helped organize this event. It's a small event, but it still takes a lot of organization to bring it all together. A big Thank You goes out to Jeff Phillips, Joe Erdeljac, Jerry Plak, Richard Renn II, and all of the people who helped setup, clean-up, and spent their time helping others understand things. The backbone of this whole event is always the presenters. The presentations this year were second to none, and I want to Thank each and every presenter for sharing their knowledge. Thank You Richard Renn II, Jerry Plak, David Jones, Clyde Lindsey and Dan Blickensderfer for volunteering your time to help others. Also, I want to Thank all of the people that were spending time on the side, one on one, with various people helping them understand whatever confusion they were having. I also would like to Thank all of the Vendors. There are too many to mention names here, but without you guys supporting us and supplying us with your great products, we could not pursue the hobby we love, and that is "Making Memories". I had a great time, and learned a lot. It was great to see old friends and meet many new ones. I hope everybody had a good experience and took away some valuable knowledge from the event. Hope to see you next year!!!!!
  9. Don't forget...The Meet & Greet Friday the 13th after the Nutcracker session, it's always a good time & good food! Also we will be having the White Elephant Gift Exchange on Saturday, so if you would like to participate in that - bring a "wrapped" gift with you! It can be anything valued at up to $20, hopefully Christmas related. The White Elephant Gift Exchange is a lot of fun, so plan on participating. We have 2 great days planned, don't get left out by not registering!! All information is at our Registration Site, but if you have any question please feel free to contact me or Jeff Phillips.
  10. "LIGHT UP OHIO 2016-PLEASE READ!!" If you haven't registered for Light Up Ohio 2016 by now, we sorry to announce that there is no more room in Rich's Nutcracker session on Fri. May 13th. We have reached the capacity of the facility!!!! You can still register for the "Main Event" on Sat. May 14th, where Rich, along with others, will be doing presentations on various aspects of Holiday Lighting. Please see our Agenda and Registration form at:
  11. Thanks for your help! Respond to "ASAP", so you will not get closed out. All we need is a confirmation if you are planning to attend Friday's session. We are very close to capacity, and we need your input. We are very limited on seating at Richard Renn's Nutcracker session on Fri., May 13th, at Light Up Ohio 2016. PLEASE HELP US OUT!!
  12. Light Up Ohio 2016 is happy to announce our latest Sponsor, Winkelbottoms. Gregg Jones is the owner, and he has been making quality wireframes for several years. For all of your wireframe needs contact Gregg. If you can imagine it, Gregg can turn it into a wireframe that will take your display to the next level. We will be giving away 2-Gift Certificates at Light Up Ohio 2016, generously donated by Registration is open at:
  13. Time sure does fly by. Several months ago we started planning Light Up Ohio 2016, and now it's less than 2 weeks away. Sign up now to reserve your spot!! It's a 2 day event May 13-14, in beautiful Westerville, Ohio. Richard Renn's Nutcracker class on Fri. May 13th, is almost full. Also, we are almost to capacity on the next day Sat. May 14th, for the Main Event. If you want one of our Collector T-shirts, you only have this week left. We will be taking Registration clear up to the Event, and even at the door. There will be education, food, sharing, door prizes, new products, and lots and lots of FUN! Hope to see there!
  14. Light Up Ohio 2016 is happy to Welcome our newest Sponsor, Connie's Holiday Attractions. Connie's products include animated light displays, ornaments, interior products, building-front decorations, banners, commercial grade lights, both incandescent and LED, and all at wholesale prices. Check them out at, and come to Light Up Ohio 2016 for your chance to "Win" the Beautiful 44" Lighted Wreath, they are giving away as a Door Prize. Registration is "OPEN NOW"!!
  15. Richard Renn II will be doing an "all day" Nutcracker presentation at Light Up Ohio 2016 on May 13th, and he will follow up on May 14th, with a presentation about working with AC channels in your sequences. If you are still struggling with Nutcracker, or you just want to learn more tips and tricks, join us at Light Up Ohio 2016 in beautiful Westerville, OH. Classes are filling up fast, so be sure to get your registration in soon. REGISTRATION IS OPEN!!!!!