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The Mike Justak Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease

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The Parkinson’s Christmas Light Tour Bus rolling up to he PD Shimmers Display in Plymouth.

PD Shimmers


Now Two Unique Displays
Plymouth - 4320 Ithaca Lane
Excelsior- 5810 Echo Road

“One of the Twin Cities Best”

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About

About Plymouth


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The Parkinson’s Effect

Over 85% of all work involving the show’s design, setup and production are enacted by Mike Justak. However his Parkinson’s does impact his abilities and the show design takes that into account. Setup begins in earnest November 1 and must be ready before Thanksgiving no matter what weather Minnesota may encounter.

Mega Tree

Designed to be built on the ground and hoisted by a telescoping center pole. The lights use zip tie loops and are hung with a 20’ painter’s pole that uses a special hook on its end.

Mini Trees

The 15 Mini trees enable pre production. They are unboxed in September and staged first in the basement then the backyard. This allows for a quick setup within the display after Nov 1.

Tree Wraps.

Also begins with 25’ flowering crab in early September. Inability to maintain solid sense of balance may limit branch wraps to 2 or 3 strands of lights per day. The tree requires about 80 strands to lights.

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The Parkinson’s Foundation

PD Shimmers not only raises awareness for Parkinson’s but offers those who are afflicted with the incurable disease hope and even inspiration. Many letters are received each season about the signature sequence where all 58,000 lights are turned on at one time. The significance is to represent each American diagnosed with Parkinson’s in the current year.
Funds raised through PD Shimmers have promoted wellness by underwriting exercise classes, yoga that stresses laughter, multiple bus tours of Christmas lights for advanced PD patients, and also education through its websites.
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Community

It is become tradition for Plymouth Mayor Kelli Slavic to kick off the season on the Monday following Thanksgiving. PD Shimmers is for the community but the definition of community grows larger each year. To appreciate its scope and grander you should drive down to Ithaca Lane, but you can experience it via the web with live streaming cameras. There is also a smaller more intimate version of the show on Echo Drive in Shorewood, MN.

Justak was recognized for his efforts by the Parkinson’s community in 2014 with the Paul M Silverstein Award, which is offered to those who are exemplary in deed to improve the lives of the 20,000 Minnesotans with Parkinson's.
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About Excelsior-Shorewood

About Excelsior-Shorewood


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Shorewood - Excelsior is also the creation of Mike Justak and MJFPD. Started in 2013 the displays remain much more intimate. With an average of 3000 lights the display works a little harder. Sequence magic is just as spectacular as its “bug brother” in Plymouth
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The Parkinson’s Foundation

PD Shimmers not only raises awareness for Parkinson’s but offers those who are afflicted with the incurable disease hope and even inspiration. Many letters are received each season about the signature sequence where all 58,000 lights are turned on at one time. The significance is to represent each American diagnosed with Parkinson’s in the current year.
Funds raised through PD Shimmers have promoted wellness by underwriting exercise classes, yoga that stresses laughter, multiple bus tours of Christmas lights for advanced PD patients, and also education through its websites.
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Community

It is become tradition for Plymouth Mayor Kelli Slavic to kick off the season on the Monday following Thanksgiving. PD Shimmers is for the community but the definition of community grows larger each year. To appreciate its scope and grander you should drive down to Ithaca Lane, but you can experience it via the web with live streaming cameras. There is also a smaller more intimate version of the show on Echo Drive in Shorewood, MN.

Justak was recognized for his efforts by the Parkinson’s community in 2014 with the Paul M Silverstein Award, which is offered to those who are exemplary in deed to improve the lives of the 20,000 Minnesotans with Parkinson's.
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How its Done

Creating the Show (how its done)


People often ask, “how the heck do you do that?” Even without Parkinson’s it is quite a task. You start with asking, “who is your audience?” Then you bring in a song that appeals to that market. Use free open source “Audacity” to edit song and change yo 128 constant bit rate mp3. Chose a sequencer to create the tracks or channels for the lights, For fee software LOR or LSP ir open source Vixen V21. or 2.5 or + or 3) or xlights4. Create edit sequence. Choose controller type. Renard is PD Shimmer controller of choice. Remove chip and flash with correct firmware. Visually inspect wire pigtails ensuring no loose wire strands that could short.
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Designer

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Jon Meadows
Back-End Developer

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Front-End Developer

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Sara Airington
Project Manager

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