On a cold, cloudy Sunday afternoon, what better place to be than … up on the roof. Jim Winder, mastermind of the Helmstetler Family Spectacular synchronized light show atop his friends’ home across from the Charlestown water tower, was hard at work continuing to put up features when we stopped by. It’s the kind of light show that manages to look impressive even unlit, in daylight:
This year more than 60,000 lights will flash and dance atop, on the sides of, in front of, etc., the house, including high-rise features he was still working on this afternoon:
If you haven’t seen this show the past two years (WSB 2009 coverage is here, 2010 coverage here) – you can get an idea from the videos on the site Jim has set up, westseattlelights.com (here’s the page of 2010 songs, just for starters). One thing you’re going to want to look closely for when you stop by – the new West Seattle Food Bank donation bin out front:
They’re also collecting cash donations – the first weekend, everything will go to the family of Ed Kingston, the volunteer soccer coach who died suddenly last month after suffering a heart attack while coaching his son’s team. They’ll be collecting through the season for the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation, too. 7 pm Saturday night (November 26th), the lights go on! Lots more info here.
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