Shining One Light for Each American Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2015
Join the “Shimmer Brigade”
Lights Return Friday November 28
The 15’ tall tree of lights poses a challenge of balance. How do you assemble a PVC frame without using a ladder? You create a center pole that telescopes so construction can remain at ground level. Zip tie loops and an attachment for a 25’ painters pole enables quick hanging of the 60 light strings that comprise the “tree”.
The 20+ mini trees use “pre-production.” They are unboxed in late September and staged first inside in the homes basement then outside in the backyard. The extra time offers the slower Parkinson pace the time needed to achieve perfection.
Pre staging helps here as well. Lights are prepped by tieing strings together with zip ties, and then storing in tubs. A generous donation of a two man lift lets the “brigades” work in the skies in total safety.
What is involved in PD Shimmers? Let’s see: Music selected and edited to shorter run time. Sequencing the music to lights takes about 8 hours for every minute of music. Controllers are the switches that do the work on the lights. These marvels work with 4, 8, 16 or 24 channels. The show uses over 200 channels. These electrical devices need TLC. They have to be programmed and checked with repairs made as needed.