Archive for December, 2009

CHRISTMAS AT THE SPENCERS

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

This is the first time in five years that Cindy and I have been home for the holidays.  It was a very white Christmas in Virginia, thanks to the huge snow storm we got a few days ago.  Fortunately, temperatures warmed up and we got a little rain that has started the melt of the snow – now it’s just a slush mess.  We spent most of the day with my brother and his family.  It was very relaxing and really great to see everyone.

Carter found his way under the tree and picked out what he was certain was his gift…and proceeded to unwrap it, a bit agressively.

DIGGING OUT OF THE BLIZZARD

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

I guess it’s official now, this is being called the “Blizzard of 2009″ and it was a big one!  Virginia – more specifically, the Roanoke/Lynchburg area – were the bullseye for the storm as it moved up the East Coast.  Snow totals are somewhere around 20″.  It’s not the biggest storm we’ve ever had here.  I remember about 10 years ago getting 27″ of snow in 24 hours.  I’m incredibly thankful we didn’t get that much!

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We have begun to dig out of all this mess.  It took a few hours to dig a path so my jeep could move out of my driveway to the street.  My next concern is the huge, steep descent that takes me from my house to the main road!  That could be a fun ride!

Our Facebook page is getting more and more attention these days.  And with the launch of the new website design for SpencersMagic.com, we’ve been attracting a few more Twitter followers and Facebook friends.  It’s been great to reconnect with so many people from my past…and to connect with many others from recent performances.

It’s almost Christmas Day.  Cindy and I are heading out today, braving the cold and the snowy roads.  It should be fun!

CONTEST WINNER & WINTER STORM

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

I’d like to thank everyone who participated in the Holiday Contest.  Entries closed at 11pm last night and I have randomly selected a winner.  I’ve contacted you this morning to send along your mailing address so I can get your surprise gift in the mail first thing on Monday.

It’s Saturday morning and it’s still snowing in Virginia!  It started yesterday afternoon around 2pm and it hasn’t stopped.  It’s been many years since I’ve seen this much snow in Lynchburg.  According to the Weather Channel, we are right in the bullseye of the storm.  Hooray for us!  I’m not sure how much snow we’re going to get when it’s all over, but we’ve got tons of it now.  Check this out.  The first picture was taken around 5pm on Friday; the other one around 8am this morning.

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There’s no way we’re getting off the mountain today…so, I guess we’ll enjoy the weekend at home.

HOLIDAY CONTEST

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

I’ve received some great feedback from those of you who have checked out the newly designed website.  Thanks for visiting and for sending your comments. In celebration of the holiday, I’m having a little contest.  Check out the new website and then email me at contest@spencersmagic.com.  Put “contest” in the subject line and tell me one thing you like about the new design. This weekend, I’ll randomly select an email entry, contact you for additional info, and send you a small gift – a token of my appreciation.  I’ll make sure you have it before Christmas!

All entries must be received by 11pm EST on Friday, 12/18/09.  Okay – go!

DAYTON, OH – DAYS #2 and #3

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

After some great workshops on Friday at Easter Seals and Dayton Children’s Hospital, I was up early again on Saturday morning. The workshops on Friday went so well. DCH posted a couple of videos on YouTube of some special children learning some magic.  You can check them out HERE:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0N6dLwx6wZ8&feature=channel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3S21gm_GsBc&feature=channel

This morning, David picked me up in the lobby of the DoubleTree Hotel to get me back over to Dayton Children’s Hospital for a workshop with therapists, teachers, and physicians. This is always an important event for me. Long after our truck has left the loading dock of the local theatre, teaching the concepts of “magic therapy” allows me to leave something behind that will continue to have a positive impact in the community.

After the workshop wrapped, David whisked me away as quickly as possible to get to the Victoria Theatre. Doors would open in less than 30 minutes so I had to get there, check with the team, and get ready for the first show.

We had two incredible audiences for our shows on Saturday. Actually, all four performances attracted great, enthusiastic crowds of families, college students, and senior citizens. This “Young At Heart” series reaches audiences of all ages. Great volunteers always make the shows more spontaneous and we definitely had some of those!

I want to say a huge thank you to Tina and David for making our time in Dayton memorable. These four performances and the workshops are our last “events” of 2009. I can’t think of a more positive way to go out – great crew (thanks IATSE 66), great hosts, great audiences, great workshops.

And a heartfelt thank you to everyone in Dayton who came out to support our shows at the Victoria Theatre. We had a great time and look forward to another visit in the future!

DAYTON, OH – DAY #1

Friday, December 4th, 2009

THURSDAY NIGHT

We arrived in Dayton last night around 6:30pm. We got checked into our hotel and then explored downtown, checking out the decorations and in search for local cuisine. I also wanted to find my way to the Victoria Theatre because I would have to pull the truck to the loading dock the following morning. As we walked that direction, we came across the giant Christmas Tree in the center of town – couldn’t resist a picture!

After clicking a few pictures, we walked on to “Coldbeer and Burgers” – yes, that’s the name of the restaurant. I ordered the loaded nachos while Ethan and Alan ordered burgers. Cindy decided to stay at the hotel and eat a Subway sandwich.

We found the loading area for the Victoria Theatre and then walked back to the hotel. My Friday morning would start very early!

FRIDAY MORNING

I was up early to get ready for a 7:50am arrival at the local FOX 45 station for an interview. I had a hard time sleeping and started waking up around 4am worried that I might oversleep. Diane from the theatre was here at 7:30am to pick me up and take me to the TV station.

I did a couple of “bumps” before the interview and then Kylie, the morning anchor, and I talked about the upcoming weekend performances and the work I would be doing at the Dayton Children’s Hospital today and Saturday morning.

After the interview, Diane brought me back to the hotel. I met Alan in the lobby and we took the truck over to the Victoria Theatre. Cindy, Ethan, and Keith would work with the crew and start loading in the production around 12noon.

Alan and I met up with David and Emily (also from the Victoria) and made our way to the local Easter Seals facility. We had a great time working with several of the children and staff. From Easter Seals, we drove over to the Dayton Children’s Hospital to meet some of the staff there and have some lunch. I just have to say, the chicken lasagna was amazing!

After lunch, we all walked to one of the conference rooms for an afternoon workshop with some very special people – all ages, all diagnoses, and great fun!

Alan and I wrapped up at the hospital. David and Emily took us back to the hotel where we quickly changed clothes and ran over to the theatre to help the guys with the rest of the show set up. They were almost done, did a great job with out us. I’ll remember that….

We left the theatre around 5pm and took off for the Oregon District – a very cool area in Dayton. We found a great restaurant, Thai9, and all sat down for a nice dinner.

It was a great day – tomorrow, two shows, one at 1pm and the other at 3:30pm. But first, I’ll be conducting a workshop for physicians and therapists from 10am – 12noon. It’s going to be another great day!

DAYTON HERE WE COME

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

We will be leaving in the morning to make the drive to Dayton, OH. It’ll take most of Thursday to get there. And Friday starts a very busy schedule.

I’ll make an 8am and 8:30am appearance on FOX 45 and then head to Goodwill Easter Seals MR/DD program for a workshop with their clients. Around 12noon, I’ll have lunch with the staff at Dayton’s Chidren’s Medical Center and then conduct at workshop with patients and parents starting at 1:30pm. While I’m out, the rest of the crew will be loading in and setting up at the Victoria Theatre for two performances on Saturday and Sunday. It’s going to be a busy weekend!