“The voice of the San Diego Fifty-Sixers” Volume 15: Number 12 December 2008 ____________________________________________________________________________ There Really Was Magic On November 22 San Diego Fifty-Sixers created some magic for Rady Children’s Hospital. First, we had some very special visitors from the North Pole. Second, our very talented members (looking good in their new San Diego Fifty-Sixer shirts) created three fantastic displays. Finally, we collected a lot of art supplies for the children at the hospital. Thanks to all club members who helped to make this year’s Lighting Up Lives something really special. Special thanks to Marge Bramfeld and her Lighting Up Lives Committee for organizing our event. Marge will talk about the accomplishments of her committee later in the newsletter, but I want everyone to know how much I appreciate the work you did to make Lighting Up Lives 2008 the best ever. Remember our next meeting is Wednesday, January 21 at 6:00PM. Lisa Johnson will be reviewing the new introductions. If Winnie and I don’t see you at an open house, we wish everyone a great, safe, and healthy Christmas and New Year. Jon Village Views December 2008 Page 2 MINDLESS MUTTERING… …by Bob O’Connor Years ago when I was bowling three nights a week, I knew I bowled in Escondido every Monday, San Marcos every Wednesday and San Diego every Thursday. I would get in my car and drive in more or less a daze; I would end up at the right bowling center without really being aware of my trip. The San Diego Fifty Sixers meetings have become routine in the same way (although monthly instead of weekly), always the same night and time every month. Change is upon us; this year we will be meeting on different days and times each month. Please check your calendar of events every month so you won’t miss any meetings. Speaking of changes, there is a change in the open house schedule. Another one has been added. The information is on page seven; see you there. Raffle Prizes DOOR PRIZES –From Lisa Johnson of Dept. 56 : Snowman Plate, Karen Boynton; Tree, Patty Burdick; Bench, Dave Bechtel; Candles, Larry Oblinger; We From Canterbury Gardens: Don’t Need Instructions, Sharon Swildens; “Welcome – Red’s Elfland Diner………………….Karen Boynton the Witch is In,” Sheri Struthers; School’s Out, Cathy Weber; Get Your Spices ‘Ere, Catherine Ingwalson; From Casual Living: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep – Snowbaby, Betty $50.00 Gift Certificate…………….Sharon Swildens Roberts; Krinkles Pin, Janet Rodgers; Heritage Village Sign, Alan Hamel; Our Best Vintage, Sir, Wayne From City Lights: Warner; Blanket of Snow, Ed Oatman, Marge Bramfeld, A Christmas Beginning…………......Karen Boynton Sheri Struthers, Bob O’Connor; Pomegranates (Donated by Sharon Swildens), Norma J. McColley. Holy Spirit Music Box…………...…………Jon Sage Set of 7 American Flags……………Lauren Murphy SAN DIEGO FIFTY SIXERS' OFFICERS From Creative Memories: President Jon Sage 858-484-2533 Album – with extra pages……..…...Lauren Murphy Vice-President Lauren Murphy 619-669-4949 Rec. Secretary Annie Dallow 949-498-1356 From The Mole Hole: North Pole Snow Bank………..……..Barbara Coon Treasurer Les Boynton 858-748-4291 Corr. Secretary Norma McColley 858-618-2455 From the SD 56ers: Publicity Marge Bramfeld (619)691-8424 Grimsley’s Garage…………..………Wayne Warner Historian Claire Caldwell 619-280-1048 From Unique Gifts: Parliamentarian Bob Dallow 949-498-1356 $25.00 Gift Certificate………...……….Winnie Sage Hospitality Mary Marshall 619-262-0351 Membership Winnie Sage 858-484-2533 Be sure to thank our sponsors for their Past President Karen Boynton 858-748-4291 support whenever you visit their establishments. Village Views Bob O'Connor 760-789-3957 Village Views December 2008 Page 3 Lighting Up Lives event November 22, 2008 The set up for Lighting Up Lives and the Art Drive at Rady Children’s Hospital was a huge success. We had 49 members attend this year’s event. It was awesome. The displays were completed and ready to be delivered to their respective places by 11:30 am. I want to thank everyone who worked so diligently on building these beautiful displays. Although we only had five cars participate in our Art Drive, because of the art supplies donated to Starbucks, and the art supplies donated by many SD 56rs members; we were able to fill to overflowing two large barrels and one large bin for the children at Children’s Hospital. In keeping with the holiday spirit, Santa and three of his elves were there to greet the children who were coming and going from/to the Hospital. I am sure the candy canes were enjoyed by all. KUSI was there, but they were called away to another urgent issue that occurred in East County; therefore we were unable to get the news coverage that we were hoping for. The photographer did come back and took many pictures of the displays and of the drive through area. Although I have watched, I have not seen them on KUSI. Maybe someone has. We’d like to know if you have seen them. The publicity committee has made many notes for changes for the drive next year. Please give me any suggestions you may have for us for next year. (In writing please, so I don’t forget) I’m looking forward to the Lighting Up Lives take down (which is just as much fun) on January 3, 2009; if you are planning to participate, we will begin at 8:00 am. See you at the Open Houses this month and at Rady Children’s Hospital on Jan 3rd 8:00 am. Marge A Reflection As one of the leads on a display, I want to thank all of my helpers. A word to the wise: if you have an idea or suggestion, speak up; nobody is omnipotent. A great display is created by a team, not any one person. Not all ideas will be used but without any, just think how lackluster the displays would be. I think everyone did a wonderful job this year. Bob O’Connor Village Views December 2008 Page 4 ...by Bob Dallow Last month we printed the list of the latest retirements; now it’s time to check out the newest additions to our favorite villages. While the economy is not favorable at this time, you’ll once again find it difficult to resist the creative efforts of Department 56’s artisans. Start planning now, and develop your personal lists of “must haves” this time around from the 32 buildings and 109 accessories among these choices. ALPINE VILLAGE [2:2] NEW ENGLAND VILLAGE [3:4] Blue Ribbon Treats Christkindl Church Colonial Post & Telegraph Gifts For The Teacher Christkindl Post Office Pembroke Textile Mill Help With The Decorations Providence Church I Hope She Likes Them Christkindl Miracle, The Making Luminaries Sharing An Alpine Christmas Collecting The Mail Rolling Acres Corn Maze [S/2] Latest Pembroke Fabrics, The Santa Comes To Town 2009 CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY [4:5] Loading The Cutter For Xmas Tour Tickets Here 21 Club Setting Up The Nativity Unfair Advantage Golden Ox Market, The What You Crave Havana Cigar Shop NORTH POLE [6:11] Yuengling Delivery Union Station (LE 7,000) Cocoa Chocolate Works Lunch Box Café, The HALLOWEEN [4:28] I’m A Daddy, Have A Cigar Nollie & Ollie’s Custom Snowboards Black Widow Dating Service It’s A Wrap North Pole Palace Croak-N- Haggard Mortuary Lanterns And Fireworks For Sale Reindeer Stables, Prancer +Vixen Deep Woods Haunt Read All About It Tinker Bell’s Lighthouse Gravely Estate Welcome To Chinatown Christmas Around The World - China Creatures Of The Night Dressing Up With Tink Dinner Is Served DICKENS’ VILLAGE [6:9] Gifts From Santa & Mrs. Claus Go Team! Trick-or-Treaters Abel Beesley Butcher (Anniv. Ed.) Hooked A Big One! Gothic Gate Fence Sections [S/2] Boz’s Books North Pole Curling, The Grave Undertaker, A Flying Horse Tavern, The Packing The Gifts [S/2] Gravely Haunting, A 2009 Glensford School (Xmas Carol) Prancer Graveyard Shift Golden Swan Baker (Anniv. Ed.) Snowboard Artist, The Grim Reaper, The M. Pickering, Finest Persian Rugs Too Good To Resist Grimsly Family Crypt Vixen Halloween Park Bench A Dickens Book Signing You Want Fries With That? Halloween Street Lamps [S/2] Crowntree Coach Hanging Ghosts [S/6] Dickens’ Carolers SNOW VILLAGE [7:11] Haunted Rails Crossing Sign Dickens’ Shopkeepers Colonial Revival (Amer. Arch.) Haunted Rails Dining Car Fan Visits Ebenezer [S/2] Dancing Lights House (Xmas Lane) Haunted Rails Water Tower Persian Rugs For Sale Marjorie’s Blue Ribbon Baked Goods Lazy Bones Regent’s Park Footbridge Northgate School Let’s Go To The Moon Tipping A Pint Our Lady Of Grace Church Lit Jack-O-Lanterns Welcome To Lund’s Art Show Rose’s Flower Shop Made For Each Other White Castle Old Hermit In The Woods, The Continued on next page… Village Views December 2008 Page 5 Replacement Bulbs Orange & Purple String Of 12 White LED Lights Village Deep Blue Sea Spooky Shadows Oak Tree [S/2] Village Drinking Fountains [S/2] Spooky Sidewalk Luminaries Miscellaneous: Village Flamingos [S/4] String Of 12 Jack-O-Lantern Lights Christmas Caution Signs [S/4] Village MP3 Speakers String Of 12 Oozing Slime Lights City Park Bench Village Scooters [S/2] String Of Purple Lights English Phone Booth Village Spring Moss Swampy Boat Ride Fun At The Dog Park Up, Up, And Away Witch w Ghosts Hay Bales [S/8] Trees & Shrubs: Hung Out To Dry [S/3] Autumn Flexible Sisal Hedge [S/2] GENERAL VILLAGE  Limestone Wall [S/2] Autumn Wreaths & Garland [S/12] Lights: Put Litter In Its Place Garland & Bows Classic Luminaries Santa’s Sleigh Lit Yard Decorations Row-O-Frosted Topiaries [S/2] Holly-Covered Lampposts [S/2] Snowboard Elves [S/2] Snow Laden Sisals [S/3] Northern Lights Split Rail Fence [S/4] Twinkle Brite Frosted Topiary Small Town Street Lamps [S/2] Stork Yard Sign Twinkling Bare Branch Tree String Of 12 Angel Lights Up, Up & Away Assortment Village Autumn Maple Trees [S/3] String Of 12 Bow Lights Village Autumn Moss Village Jack Pines, Large [S/2] String Of 12 Red LED Lights Village Construction Zone [S/8] White Flexible Sisal Hedge [S/2] Some Random Thoughts on the Introductions The most obvious change from previous years is the reduction to only 32 new buildings across all the villages. That might be considered a reaction to the struggling economy. There are three limited editions in this year’s releases – Colonial Revival (SV – 8,000), Union Station (CIC – 7,000), and Croak-N-Haggard Mortuary (SVH – 7,000). Last fall, Department 56 introduced the first replica of the DV Original Set Of Seven – the Crowntree Inn. Two additional anniversary pieces – Golden Swan Baker and Abel Beesley Butcher – have been added this year. A new subseries has been announced – Chinatown in the City. The sixteenth building in the SV American Architecture Series is the limited edition Colonial Revival. In 1990 the Reindeer Barn was one of the original three buildings in North Pole. More spacious quarters are arriving. Last year Dasher and Dancer got their own duplex. This year Prancer and Vixen followed suit. Images of the corresponding reindeer are also new. Halloween’s Haunted Rails Series began last year with the Rickety Railroad Station, engine and coal car, and the conductor. New this year are the dining car, water tower, and crossing sign. This is intended to be a four-year project. TWO MORE RETIREMENTS: The Mole Hole, a club sponsor for several years, and the D56 store at Downtown Disney will both close their doors on December 31. In an effort to move merchandise, both stores will be selling retired pieces at 50% and current items at a 20% discount through the end of the year. Village Views December 2008 Page 6 at Home Depot. The flooring could also work great as rocky pathways in any village. Another use might be as a covering for Styrofoam walls. Since the backing is a mesh- type material, you might even be able to form it around your beach areas of the village. Setting the mood for your display is First he painted the backsides of the always important. At the Murphy spotlights. Then, while the paint Ranch, the mood begins at the gate was still wet, he rolled them in with giant inflatable creatures. grassy groundcover, like Dept. 56’s Large pumpkins delight the eye. Grassy Ground Cover or Flock and GHOSTS AND SKELETONS Witches make terrible landings at Turf. He used the older Department AND DISPLAYS! OH MY! the Witch Flight School. Spiders, 56 Spotlight and some of the Lemax which might have just arrived from lights, but I’ve got plans to try this Hogwarts’ Forbidden Forest, click technique with Department 56’s and move above tall cacti. But my String of Spotlights, which have The San Diego Fifty-Sixers have favorite was the trolley of Jamuligan always been difficult to hide been at it again with wonderful skeletons! because of their large reflectors. Halloween displays. I was lucky enough to visit two terrific Halloween was a TREAT at the Halloween Village creations. Both Warner’s and the Murphy’s homes! Wayne Warner and Jim Murphy are masters of constructing vivid and Here’s something for the planning imaginative displays in compact file. This next tip is not just for spaces. Halloween displays. In fact, this comes to you from the Sages, who Wayne makes use of every shelf, discovered it while busy working on cabinet, and table in his living room their Snow Village display. Jon had to create his spooky formations. These and other inflatables, lights, a great idea. He taped together One of the highlights of this year’s and figures led the way to Jim’s large graph pad sheets to cover the display was his use of the tall Halloween village, which is located Styrofoam in the area where we are revolving tree as the setting for his in one of the Murphy’s small working. With the graph paper in multilayered Halloween. His outbuildings. To make room for place, we can draw shapes for our skeleton pirate cove was a real treat new little buildings, Jim added more roads, city blocks, and parking lots. to behold. The top of his “tree” was mountains with interesting If we want to make a change in the surrounded by a gray rock material. walkways and bridges, made from design it is easy to do that by bendable foam insulation. changing the drawing that we’ve done on the graph paper. Then we can just cut out the shapes of roads, blocks, and lots from the graph paper to use as templates for cutting foamboard and tar paper. The other graph paper stays in place to use as a guide when we are ready to lay down the roads and blocks that we have just made. Maybe this is an idea that you can use when planning your display. When I asked about it, I was To help light the interior nooks and surprised to learn that the rock on crannies of his display, Jim used a More to come….. mesh backing is actually flooring material which he had purchased new approach for hiding his Winnie spotlights. Village Views December 2008 Page 7 I have some sad news. Dorothy Dees is in a Little Miss Sunshine rehab center following a stay at Kaiser December 11, 2008 Hospital; Dorothy had a stroke. She is Happy Holidays! improving daily according to reports from husband Bob and son Bobby at open houses. Megan Sage has been accepted to the multi-subject California teaching credential Alan Weber is recuperating from nasal program at Stanislaus State. She starts surgery. Cards would be nice. classes in January. As of January 2009, Millie Warner will no Just an update on Montse's father; his longer be one of our sponsors. surgery went very well, and he is back home and on the road to recovery. Bill and I wish you all a Safe, Healthy, and Happy Montse Hohnhorst will be back home mid New Year. January 2009. To start our new year we have Lighting Up Lives Take-down and the Brown’s open house, both on January third, and an added open house, the Swildens, on the fourth. Here is the information for the Swildens’ open house: Name: Sharon & John Swildens Address: 13310 Starmount Way, Poway, CA 92064 Phone: 858-673-1644 Date: Sunday, January 4, 2009 Time: 3PM - 7PM Charity: Interfaith Food Shelf Directions: From 15 Freeway, exit east on Rancho Bernardo Road which becomes Espola. At Valley Verde, turn left (north). After the Lomas Verdes Estates, in one block take Starmount Way to 13310. The program for January will be Lisa Johnson with a slide presentation of the new releases from Department 56. Even though they can be found on line with your computer after December 18, they always seem better on the big screen. In person the commentary is always informative and sometimes entertaining. Remember the January meeting is on the third Wednesday at 6:00 PM. Village Views December 2008 Page 8 San Diego Fifty-Sixers PO Box 23285 San Diego, CA 92193 Our next meeting will be on the third Wednesday of the month, January 21st January 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Directions: From either I-805 or I-163 take the Clairemont Mesa exit and proceed east, turn right onto 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Kearny Villa Road, at Spectrum Center Blvd. turn left. 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Sharp Spectrum Center Court is the first right after the Marriott Courtyard. When entering the Sharp property At the Sharp Spectrum Center Court the parking lot is through the gate to the right. 8695 Spectrum Center Court The San Diego Fifty Sixers are members of the 6:00 social, meeting at 6:30 National Council of 56 Clubs SAN DIEGO FIFTY SIXERS Calendar of Events – 2008 / 2009 December 20 Open House / Phyllis & Ed Oatman January 3 Lighting Up Lives Takedown at Children's Hospital January 3 Open House / Vern & Michele Brown January 4 Open House / Sharon & John Swildens January 21 Club Meeting /Third Wednesday- 6pm / Lisa Johnson and the New D56 Introductions February 25 Club Meeting /Fourth Wednesday- 6pm March 18 Club Meeting /Third Wednesday- 6pm April 22 Club Meeting /Fourth Wednesday- 6pm May 20 Club Meeting /Third Wednesday- 6pm June 17 Club Meeting /Third Wednesday- 6pm July 15 Club Meeting /Third Wednesday- 6pm August 26 Club Meeting /Fourth Wednesday- 6pm / Pot Luck & Power Point Presentation September 23 Club Meeting /Fourth Wednesday- 7pm October 28 Club Meeting /Fourth Wednesday- 7pm / Annual Swap & Sell November 18 Club Meeting /Third Wednesday- 6pm December Open Houses All Month Please check the Calendar regularly. These programs are subject to change. The board meets each month on the Wednesday before the regular club meeting. Any member is welcome to attend the board meeting. Meetings start at 5:30 pm at the Miramar Café, 7128 Miramar Road.