by Greg Bennett
A Lockeport man known for his interesting Christmas displays has outdone himself this year with a light and sound show that is bringing onlookers from across the region.
Daniel Hopkins house isn’t large but at Christmas it becomes a visual and musical display second to none in Shelburne County.
“It's been pretty fun to do, this year I did some things different then the last few years and it has been a lot more interesting and visually pleasing,” he says.
Since 2008, Hopkins has been putting on the Christmas show outside his home.
New to the display this year is the new improved mega tree and leaping arches of lights.
The display uses all LED lights controlled by a specialized 64-channel computerized light board.
The lights are programmed to the music, known in the Christmas enthusiasts’ world as sequences.
“A lot of time goes into making and editing each song,” he says. “Many hours go into making each song program just right.”
Hopkins begins programming months before doing the actual light setup.
People interested in seeing the display can visit drive by the John Street home almost any night until Christmas. To hear the music, people can tune their car radios to 106.9 or listen to the speakers outside.
On rainy nights, because there is the risk of electrical hazards, Hopkins shuts down his display.
“Light sprinkles I will run them but when there is steady rain I don't,” he said.