Christmas News Bulletin
December 27, 2012
Christmas 2013, 31st year Grand Opening Announced:
Deacon Dave Rezendes announced that the 2013 Grand Opening will be Friday Night December 6th at 6:30 p.m. The Traditional Christmas Procession will come down Hillcrest Ave from Fordham Way to the darkened House of the Dove. There the opening ceremonies will take place and the annual blessing of the lights. The 2013 Theme is secret as always.
The 57th wedding proposal took place on Proposal Bridge. The crowd was excited as the young man knelt on the bridge to a very surprised young lady. And yes, she said Yes! Much applause followed.
2012 Theme “Elfland”:
2012 Theme “Elfland” has been very popular with the many visitors. This is the first time in many long years that a building did not span across the front of the entrance. Giant Red Stars, and revolving lighted Christmas Trees greeted the arriving guests. Some of the signs on the various buildings were: Elfland University, Snips Barber Shop, Stiches Tailor Shop, Elf Dorms, Snowflake Theater and Starrbucks. (yes we know that we spelled Starrbucks with two “r’s”) we did not want to get into trouble with the real Starbucks.
This year’s Light Count:
345,300 Lights. That is 2300 more than last year. Unless, more LED type lights are introduced next year we will remain at this number as we have pretty much maxed out the system.
Sandy Hook School Children and Families Remembered:
Deacon Dave conducted several Evening Prayer Services in his Chapel of the Holy Spirit located in the gardens of Casa del Pomba. The Christmas Crew had a special Evening Prayer Service for the Families of the children. The Christmas Crew gathered outside the chapel after the service and in silence listened to the ringing of the tolling chapel bell in remembrance of the 26 children. The flags of the “House of the Dove” remained lowered thru the entire Christmas Season.
It looks like this year’s attendance will break all past records. We are strongly headed toward the 50,000 attendance mark and we may even exceed that number. These are actual folks who walked thru the gates. We do not count the cars that pass.
2012 Casa del Pomba Awards Given:
Deacon Dave presented the 2012 Gold Star Award to Phil and Andy McCarthy. This award is presented to the person or persons who is a current member of the Christmas Team and who demonstrates outstanding performance in helping build the Christmas Display. The person must be a team player and contribute time, talent, very long hours and maintains the ability to rally the crew with the Spirit of Christmas.
Deacon presented The Founders Award to Jeanie and David Haigh. The Founders Award is presented to the person or persons who early in the Christmas Display years contributed their God given gifts and talents in helping Deacon build the Display. Mr. and Mrs. Haigh are the longest serving volunteers over the past 20 years. We congratulate the winners of both the “Gold Star” and Founders Awards.
National Patch Contest Fizzles: (AOL)
Last year Deacon Dave entered the National Patch Christmas contest for best decorated Home in the Nation. The Deacon entered the contest in an attempt to help the local Livermore School District. The National winner would receive $100,000 to be awarded to the Local School District. Last year The House of the Dove was disqualified because contest organizers said that Deacon’s Residence at 352 Hillcrest Ave was a CHURCH. Strange as it seems they did not bother to inquire with the local Patch to verify if this was true. Had they checked, they would have realized that it IS A PRIVATE RESIDENCE AND NOT A CHURCH.
This year Mrs. Jeanie Haigh as a very important part of the Christmas Team that helps the Deacon, entered the Contest as Deacon’s agent so there would not be a misunderstanding such as last year. This year we were informed that Deacon Residence won the local contest and that it was headed to the National Competition. The National Patch (owned by
AOL) disqualified the House of the Dove yet again because the entry was not completed by the Deacon.
I GUESS WE JUST CAN NOT HELP OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT EVEN THOUGH WE HAD THE VOTES. Deacon Dave has announced that we WILL NOT ENTER THE PATCH CONTEST AGAIN!!!
Deacon Dave is sorry to let the Livermore School District down. He said “we tried two years to help the District.” It is noted that the Deacon and his team clearly does not take a personal interest in being the best or biggest. All the displays give folks greater opportunity to enjoy the wonderful Christmas Season and keep family traditions alive. “It is about Christmas Spirit and working together to create something for others to enjoy.”
New Member of Deacon Dave’s Planning Team Appointed:
Mr. Russ Duguid a very long serving volunteer has been appointed by the Rev. Deacon to be a member of the Planning Team. This Team works closely with the Deacon in planning the Displays after the Deacon picks the Theme for the coming year. This Theme is always a secret and is only announced to the public at the Grand Opening of the Display. We wish to congratulate Russ on is promotion to the Planning Team.
Tri-Valley Times Article December 5, 2012
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Labor Day Weekend Construction Begins:
Christmas Construction Began Labor Day Weekend with a wonderful 2012 Crew. It is difficult to get into the Christmas mood when it is 100 degrees plus. But the crew had a wonderful beginning and Stars began to rise. Just wait and see! Yes the Theme remains a secret until opening night.
30th Anniversary of the Christmas Display and Ordination of Deacon Dave:
Deacon Dave Rezendes was ordained December 4th 1982 the same year the Deacon began the now well-known Community and Bay Area event. Rev. Deacon was ordained a Roman Catholic Deacon. In the Roman Catholic Church a Deacon is one of the Three Holy Orders of Clergy, that being Bishop, Priest and Deacon. Deacon Dave has served at St. Michael Church in Livermore and has been the Bishop’s Representative & Director of the Diaconate for the past 16 years. He has been Secretary General of Santa’s Secret Service a 53 year old local St. Michael Parish organization dedicated to collecting Christmas Gifts for people in Hospitals, Care Centers, Homes for the Elderly, Youth Group Homes, Homes for Battered and Abused Women, Shut-Ins, Poor Children, Veterans Home and much more. The Deacon served on many Diocesan Boards and Committees. Deacon is a fourth generation of Livermore and graduate of St. Michael School and Livermore High School. He spent weekends and holidays and summer vacations (the love of his life) on his Grandparents ranch on North Livermore Ave. near the beginning of Morgan Territory Road. He is really a local boy.
Grand Opening Night:
This year the Christmas Display will Open on November 30th the Last Friday of November. This was necessary due to the configuration of the 2012 Calendar. Usually the opening is on the first Friday night in December. If we opened on the first Friday in December we would lose a week of the Display. The Planning Team recommended to Deacon Dave that we open on the last Friday of November. The Candlelight Procession Down Hillcrest Ave. will begin at 6:30 p.m. The Procession is quite colorful and is a great way to usher in the Advent/Christmas Season. This year the Baptist Choir will join in the opening festivities along with the Roman Catholic Choir. This is a great community event. Hope you can join us for the Opening Night Ceremonies.
Security at the House of the Dove:
For the fifth straight year Security Alarm and Video Camera and Lighting has been improved. This year the entire property which is just under an acre is covered. Security Specialists have announced that even with a power outage the system will provide constant monitoring.
Community Help to High School and Furry Friends:
Last year on the big weekends of the Christmas Display one neighbor opened a Hot Chocolate stand with cookies for sale. The money helped Livermore High School Cheer Leader Program. Another neighbor opened a similar stand on the corner and raised money for Cat Adoption Program. All Good Causes both stands with the Deacon’s blessings.