Light show continues in Cove

A daytime picture of the 2012 Ice Thing created by David and Tina Ernstrom at their Cove home.

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>Some holiday spirit lives on beyond the holidays at the David and Tina Ernstrom home in Cove with their light show synchronized to music. From Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day it was a Christmas light show.</span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>A light show with non-Christmas music will continue until about the end of January. </span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>“We started this back in 2007 for a couple of years when we lived in Logan,” said Tina Ernstrom. “Then we took a few years off while we built a house in Cove; now we’re back at it.</span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>“We live on a dirt road, not conducive to a lot of traffic, but we have noticed four or five cars a night drive by to take a look. It’s not easy to see from the highway.”</span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″><span class=”s1″>The Ernstroms live at <span>2307 East Maple Leaf Drive</span> in Cove.</span> She estimates creating the display takes 30-to-40 hours per song to get the lighting and the songs timed properly. That doesn’t include another 40-to-50 hours hanging lights. </span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>The Ernstroms also put together an “ice thing” that is about 25-feet tall, with a sprinkler on a truss. They also made a one-third scale rendition of the famous “Hampton Court” maze in the snow. It covers over 4,000 square feet with almost a quarter mile in pathways.</span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>Tina Ernstrom said dismantling the display will depend on the weather.</span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>“The plan was to end it at the end of January. But let’s be honest, there is two feet of snow out there and we’re not going to be taking the lights any time soon.”</span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>The Ernstroms use over 30,000 lights and broadcast their synchronized show on 99.3 FM so people can watch the show from their cars. </span></p>

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<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>The link to see past images of the ice sculpture and the Christmas lights show is <a href=”http://christmas.ernstrom.net” target=”_blank”><span class=”s2″>http://christmas.ernstrom.net</span></a>.</span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>A video of the Ernstrom’s 2011 Christmas light show can be seen below:</span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″><iframe width=”640″ height=”480″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/FXoeCkhI454?rel=0″ frameborder=”0″></iframe></span></p>

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