It’s that time of the year again!! We hope that everyone has had a magnificent, fun and sun-filled summer. We have already been making tons of changes to the display, making it bigger, brighter and better than ever before for the 2019 Christmas Season.
I’d like to thank everyone for your help in past years. You all have truly gone above and beyond in the past and I hope that you can help us out again. As you know, the Food Bank of Central New York is such an important and vital resource for our community, not only during the Holiday Season, but also during the entire year. I hope you’ll be able to stop by this year and help us to help them. 100% of EVERYTHING we get, whether monetary or non-perishable items goes directly to the Food Bank.
We will have our annual “Sneek Peek” on Halloween night Thursday October 31 this year. We won’t be fully operational at that point but we’ll be close, and that serves as kind of a test of what we have up and gives the neighborhood a taste of what’s to come later on. Candy and fun for all!! We’ll start going at about 5 PM, and shut it down a little bit after the last ghosts and goblins come around.
Our big OPENING NIGHT will be Friday, November 29, Black Friday. Shows will be at 6, 7 and 8 PM that night, and Saturday also. Shows on Sundays will be at 6 and 7 PM again this season. We were lucky last year in that while it did snow on some show nights, it wasn’t really wet as in past years and we didn’t have to cancel any shows. But as we all know, the weather in December can be unpredictable, so we may have to have some dark nights for safety purposes. All of that info will be published on our website and social media accounts. There will have to be a couple of scheduled dark nights (boooooo!) and we’ll publish those here and in our social media feeds in a couple of days.
This of course is all a big run up to our Christmas Eve Extravaganza, to happen on Tuesday, December 24, at 7:00 PM. Of course, there will be fun and candy for everyone, and Santa himself will make an appearance to say hello and “Merry Christmas” to everyone. Also, stay tuned for our always popular Theme Nights, and we’ll post more info as the time grows closer. (TSO fans… go buy a new lighter)
Finally, we thank you all for your help of our cause in the past, and I hope that you’ll be able to help us to get the word out this year. Thank you again. We can’t do it without your help.
Koehler Family Christmas
Well…it’s a good thing that we didn’t have shows tonight or we’d be in big trouble. The wind damage here is ridiculous.
Anyhow…since we closed Sunday night, we’ve been to the Food Bank of CNY to turn in the proceeds from this season More about that shortly.
We need to say THANK YOU to a number of people and organizations, without which, this season would not have been possible. First, Jean Koehler…you are a patient, tolerant, beautiful person and without you allowing me the time and energy that this project consumes, we’d be bead in the water. Thank you and I love you. The rest of the family, too, Jake, GG and Jeremy pitched in where I could not and brought it all together. This is truly the best family a guy could ask for.
United Rentals on Schuyler Road and Staples in East Syracuse pitched in as well, helping us in ways that really made a difference. Thank you again.
We had a great visit one night with Tom Davis and Skip Davis. Tom is a teacher at ESM, one of Jeremy’s teachers, who brought one of their drones to capture some footage of our display from the air (That’s gonna be really cool, we’ll post it when we get it). Also, Toby Buechler and Julia Paz were here filming for WESM. Thanks so much for the help.
Ted and Amy of 93Q interviewed us prior to the season premiere, despite my erratic work schedule. They were fantastic. Thank you!!!
To Santa, Mrs. Claus and our Superfan, you guys have shown what dedication to a cause really means. I cannot measure what your support to our effort has meant to all of us. It has made a huge difference for us. Thank you.
Paul Knierman…thanks for your invaluable help. You’re always there, every year. Our neighbors, Ann Marie and Mr. & Mrs. Sweeney, donated their trees to our display, making it bigger and brighter than ever before (wait till next year…) so we are indebted to all of you also.
We weren’t aware of this, but apparently we have people from all over come to see us…some even from out of state!! Amazing…all of you. The Van Dykes, Uphams, our “wee Scottish TSO Superfans”, too, and others from far away that are anonymous, please accept our thanks for your support this year. You guys are amazing and your support is overwhelming.
Finally…several people at the Town Of DeWitt Police Department deserve a HUGE Thank You for their efforts, as without them, Santa’s arrival here at KFC would not have happened on Christmas Eve. First, Alyssa started the whole ball rolling, Sergeant Jerry Pace facilitated the journey, and Officer Grizanti’s execution was perfect, in what turned out to be rather nasty weather. We couldn’t have asked for more. If I neglected anyone, I apologize.
Now….drum roll please….just how well did you guys dig in to help the Food Bank of Central New York? You donated 647 pounds of food, and $1,222.48 to help the needy and hungry this Christmas season. I’m pretty sure both are all-time records. We cannot thank you enough.
One last thing…please don’t forget about the Food Bank just because the sun is out and it’s 80 degrees outside. You know….that one week in August that we get that’s nice here in CNY 😉 Seriously though, homelessness and hunger don’t ever take a break, and neither should you, from supporting the Food Bank and others that are not as fortunate as you. I wish we could run all year long to help out, but we can’t, but that doesn’t mean that the mission of the Food Bank is over until Christmas. Please, please…do what you can and help out this great organization, every month of the year. You can even go and volunteer there in the warehouse, at their events, they’ll need our help every month of every year. Here’s a perfect opportunity to get involved, start a new family tradition, make good on a NY resolution, if you don’t have one.
Sorry for the long post, but we had a lot of “thank yous” to get out there. Have a great New Year, a safe, peaceful and tranquil 2019 to everyone, and we’ll see you on Black Friday, November 29, 2019!!!
Hello, Everyone!! Tonight is our LAST NIGHT of the 2018 season. Shows are at 6 and 7 PM, then we’ll be dark until Black Friday, 2019. Candy goody bags for everyone tonight!! We’ll share with you how well you did for the Food Bank of CNY on New Year’s Day. See you tonight!!
Well, mother nature has struck for the first time this season. We have some issues with the Display due to the weather over the last 24 hours, so issues with the display itself due to the moisture, as well as some issues from the wind. We also have some standing water in the yard, and according to the forecast, we’re supposed to get quite a bit of rain today. So preemptively, we are going to be dark tonight. As we have about 8000 watts passing through the Yard, we don’t want to have issues to ruin it for the rest of the weekend.
So, we’ll get out there and repair everything tomorrow and will be good to go tomorrow night.
Just a reminder, it’s our last weekend, shows will be Saturday night at 6, 7 and 8 PM, and Sunday, our final day, we’ll be lit up at 6 and 7 PM.
Sorry for the bad news, but we’ll be back tomorrow night.
Hello, kids. We’re keeping a watchful eye on the weather for tomorrow. We’ll let you know what happens…funny things can happen with water, electricity and pixels. Stay tuned.
One thing we wanted to do was to thank Mr. Tom Davis and Mr. Skip Davis. Tom is the teacher at ES-M High School’s Introduction to Aerospace and Aviation class. He was here tonight before we started the shows with a new acquisition to the program, a really cool GPS enabled drone. He was able to get some great video of the display from high up in the air. It was really great to see this technology in action and know that ESM is in the forefront of technology. We’ll post the video as soon as we can. ((((It’s going to be so cool))))
Thanks, Mr. Davis and Mr. Davis!!!
Oh. My. Gosh.
What a great night. People EVERYWHERE. I’d like to thank those that came by and braved the chilly weather. If you had half as much fun as we did, it’s all worth it. It was great to see faces to put with the names we see on social media and very cool to know that there are quite a few people that come from many miles away to see our display.
And, as if you didn’t know…tomorrow is Christmas Eve and that means that our big night is just around the corner.
One show, 7 PM, and the biggest star of the night will be here shortly after the lights come up. Try to get here early, if you can. If you feel like staying outside, please park on Schuyler Road (our cross street) and walk down to the house. As a reminder, please remember our neighbors and be courteous please.
The lights and music will be on early, as always, and we always have candy for good boys and girls.
Thank you again to everyone who has supported us and the Food Bank of Central New York this season, we are truly humbled by all the support we’ve seen this season.
See you tomorrow!!
Holy cow…what a great crew we had tonight…I think that may have been a record!! Thank you everyone that came out to see us tonight, and we hope you had a great time while helping us to support the Food Bank of Central New York. Hard to believe, but next weekend we wind our season down.
Now…tomorrow…two shows only, 6 and 7 PM, TSO NIGHT!!
And then, the pinnacle of our season, Christmas Eve. One show, 7 PM, with a visit from Santa himself and goodies for all.
Thank you for your continued support!!
Not to drop hints or anything, but seems as though tonight would be a great night for some, I dunno, Christmas lights?? 65 degrees?? Who would’ve thought!!!
We pick up right where we left off last week at 6, 7 and 8 PM. I think the rain will miss us but keep an eye here if it gets wet.
See you tonight!!!