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Carstens 1880 Farmstead, Inc. “Farm Days 2016” September 11th & 12th.

Carstens Farm Days 2016

Welcome to Farm Days

Welcome to Farm Days

Carstens 1880 Farmstead, Inc. hosted the 34th annual Farm Days over the weekend of September 11th & 12th, 2016 at the Carstens Farm, near Shelby, Iowa. The goal of the organization is to preserve and celebrate Iowa’s farm history and, towards that goal, Farm Days includes many traditional Iowa farming practices and activities.

Flags and farm power at Carstens

Flags and farm power at Carstens

With rows of US flags proudly waving in the wind, attendees pulled into the farmstead to see dozens and dozens of classic tractors (and many classic cars) lined up neatly and food, craft and antique vendors scattered about the grounds between the well-maintained farm home, barns, corn crib and other out-buildings. Many folks came with campers, which became a small community of friends parked in a pasture throughout the weekend.

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carstens-farm-day-parade

There were blacksmithing, corn-picking and –shelling, hay baling, threshing, sawmill, weaving and other interesting field demonstrations and a terrific parade of classic tractors, including rare antique models, steam engines and miniature, home-made models. I enjoyed hearing Emcee/Announcer Harvey Ferris read interesting details and trivia about the tractors, implements, their owners and history as each passed the reviewing stand.

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The kids also had a pedal-powered tractor pull and there was lots of delicious food with home-made ice cream for dessert. Beyond the farm activities, other entertainment included The Foggy Mountain Cloggers, The River City Shakers and the Tamie Hall Band.

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My wife, Barb, accompanied me to Farm Days on Saturday and we both enjoyed the afternoon tremendously. I think her favorite part was chatting with Leora, who was operating a loom while we both watched intently as she skillfully wove before our very eyes.

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Having spent a huge part of my youth on a farm, this is among my favorite annual productions to set up. This year, Midwest Sound & Lighting employed a Yamaha powered mixer, JBL MP415 speakers, a TOA mixer/amplifier for the distributed sound system and a pair of MiPro MA-series battery-powered personal PA systems for the farm tours. By all accounts, Farm Day 2016 was fantastic!

Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce “Generates” excitement at trade show

Generate Part Deux held at Ramada Plaza August 22nd.

Not your dad's trade show...GENERATE!

Not your dad’s trade show…GENERATE!

Last year, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce phased out the long-standing “Buy the Big O! Show” in favor of “Generate”, a rather unconventional trade show with lots of interaction, participation and pizzazz. This was year two, and Tuesday, August 22nd had quite a buzz about it.

Generate uplighting by Midwest Sound & Lighting

Generate uplighting by Midwest Sound & Lighting

“Generate” is a refreshing, new way to showcase your company’s goods and services, and by the size of the crowd and the smiles on the faces of attendees, this year’s show was another great success.

We don't coast!

We don’t coast!

The ballrooms at The Ramada Plaza were overflowing with exhibitors, vendors, and Chamber members who played games, sampled wares and networked, while enjoying delicious food and drinks.

Small, illuminated drones flew around the room as folks networked and generally just enjoyed the afternoon. I really liked the “Rube Goldberg” machine that Aqua Systems of Nebraska’s Eric Schnakenberg built and let me play with. I rolled a few marbles down a long trough with a turn-around, a lever, some rope, a pitcher and a clothespin in order to fill a glass with water. It reminds vintage folks like me of a favorite childhood board game, “Chutes & Ladders”. I rolled just a few marbles down and, voila; it worked!

Generate uplighting by Midwest Sound & Lighting

Generate uplighting by Midwest Sound & Lighting

Generate attendees listen to President and CEO David G. Brown address the crowd

Generate attendees listen to President and CEO David G. Brown address the crowd

A newly-bearded David G. Brown, President and CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber, greeted attendees, thanked sponsors and roamed the Ramada Plaza, taking in the event. All attendees I spoke with echoed my personal opinion that the event is getting traction and has grown significantly in its second year, boding very well for the future of “Generate”

Midwest Sound & Lighting is proud to partner with The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce to help illuminate “Generate” with special lighting. We congratulate the Chamber with a hearty, “Well done”. See you next year at “Generate”!




 

Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook 2016

On Tuesday morning, August 9th, the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce held its annual Economic Outlook breakfast at Trinity Village in Papillion.

MCC Exec VP Jim Grotrian at the podium

MCC Exec VP Jim Grotrian at the podium

Following a delicious breakfast, opening remarks by Sarpy County’s Fred Uhe and invocation by Pastor Erik Boye, emcee Uhe proceeded to welcome attendees and introduced a series of outstanding presenters, including Jim Grotrian of Metro Community College, Courtney Dentlinger, NE Dep’t. of Economic Development, UNO’s Cathy Lang, Renee Fry and Tiffany Seibert-Joekel of the Open Sky Policy Institute and Sarah Moylan of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce.

Cathy Lang shares her thoughts at SCCC Economic Outlook

Cathy Lang shares her thoughts at SCCC Economic Outlook

Topics addressed spanned MCC’s role in Economic Development, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Nebraska Tax Policy, and Workforce Development. A power point presentation augmented each segment and displayed interesting facts, figures and statistics to reinforce each speaker’s talk.

Sarah Moylan of Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce illustrates an issue at the SCCC Economic Outlook

Sarah Moylan of Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce illustrates an issue at the SCCC Economic Outlook

The Economic Outlook breakfast was quite informative and insightful, and attendees paid close attention to each presenter and participated in Q & A sessions following each presentation.

Midwest Sound & Lighting provided A/V support for the event and is a proud sponsor of the Economic Outlook breakfast. We congratulate the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce and all attendees on another successful and informative glimpse into the business going on now and in the future in Nebraska’s fastest-growing county.

Family Fare Supermarkets Grand Opening Events July 20-23!

Welcome to Family Fare Grand Opening!

Welcome to Family Fare Grand Opening!

On Wednesday, July 21, 2016, Family Fare Supermarkets celebrated eight store grand openings simultaneously in the Omaha metro area. From July 20th through July 23rd, Family Fare is ramping up with tons of prizes, giveaways, promotions, demos and even an appearance from the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile!  Among the many giveaways were baskets of food and goodies to nearby Omaha Police Department precincts. (BTW, your Family Fare purchases generate $.10/gallon discount codes at area Quik Trip convenience stores, adding significant value to your Family Fare card. Multiple discount codes can be used together for even greater gas discounts).

Family Fare Supermarkets Grand Opening celebration

Family Fare Supermarkets Grand Opening celebration

After welcoming remarks by store manager Julie Janulewicz, an Honor Guard was on hand to raise Old Glory at the 90th & Fort store, and we all recited the Pledge of Allegiance as our flag was raised. The temperature was hot and getting hotter, so festivities went inside the beautifully remodeled store which was nice and cool. At this posting, many Family Fare specials and events are yet to come, so don’t miss out.

Honor Guard raises Old Glory at Family Fare Grand Opening!

Honor Guard raises Old Glory at Family Fare Grand Opening!

Midwest Sound & Lighting welcomes these eight new Family Fare supermarkets to the Omaha business community and thanks Family Fare for allowing Midwest Sound & Lighting to provide reliable sound systems and wireless microphones for each grand opening and for other Family Fare Grand Opening events.

Basket of goodies for OPD at Family Fare Grand Opening

Basket of goodies for OPD at Family Fare Grand Opening

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

On behalf of everyone here at Midwest Sound & Lighting in Omaha and Lincoln, we wish you all a safe and happy Independence Day.

We thank our Founding Fathers and every U.S. Veteran for their service and sacrifice that allows all Americans to enjoy the great blessing of freedom. God Bless America!

Midwest Sound & Lighting's photo.

 

Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce holds “Business on the Green” at Tiburon Golf Club.

  • Top of the morning to you!
    Top of the morning to you!
  • Welcome to Tiburon Golf Club for Business on the Green 2016
    Welcome to Tiburon Golf Club for Business on the Green 2016
  • Many thanks to the generous BOTG sponsors.
    Many thanks to the generous BOTG sponsors.
  • Carts are ready for golfers
    Carts are ready for golfers
  • BOTG registration prior to 7 am flight.
    BOTG registration prior to 7 am flight.
  • Golfers register for BOTG 2016!
    Golfers register for BOTG 2016!
  • Business on the Green is about to get underway.
    Business on the Green is about to get underway.
  • Business on the Green is about to get underway.
    Business on the Green is about to get underway.
  • He tried to retire but he gets pulled back for Business on the Green. The one, the only, Larry Gomez
    He tried to retire but he gets pulled back for Business on the Green. The one, the only, Larry Gomez
  • Chamber President & CEO David G. Brown welcomes BOTG golfers to Tiburon.
    Chamber President & CEO David G. Brown welcomes BOTG golfers to Tiburon.
  • Emcee Larry Gomez checks his watch to keep BOTG on track...
    Emcee Larry Gomez checks his watch to keep BOTG on track...
  • It is our pleasure to sponsor the sound and music at Business on the Green!
    It is our pleasure to sponsor the sound and music at Business on the Green!

Business on the Green 2016

The day dawned clear, bright and very EARLY on Friday, June 17, 2016 for the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Business on the Green”. Held at beautiful Tiburon Golf Club, around 300 Chamber members teed off at either 7:00 am or 12:30 pm for two flights of fun and fellowship (and maybe a little business).

As golfers began to arrive, the Chamber’s legendary-though-now-retired PR ace, Larry Gomez, returned to the microphone to welcome and instruct attendees and to thank the many sponsors whose generosity make this day possible.

Along with Larry Gomez, Chamber President and CEO David G. Brown, Dr. Harris Frankel of Nebraska Medicine, Harlan Falk of Great Western Bank, Diana Tedrow of Cox Business and Tiburon’s own Matt Wollman spoke to the golfers briefly and then the carts hit the course for the first flight.

The cool morning gave way to a rather hot afternoon but, from my perspective, everyone was genuinely enjoying the golf, the outdoors and the cold beverages. Personally, I always enjoy working again with Larry, chatting with everyone and playing music to golf by.

Thanks to generous food & beverage sponsors, we were well fed and watered in the food court. By the smiles everywhere, it was obvious that all were enjoying this break from a regular Friday’s business.

Midwest Sound & Lighting is proud to sponsor the sound and music again at “Business on the Green”. We congratulate the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce for yet another terrific networking event. We used four Community Sound R-.5 all-weather speakers, QSC PL340 amplifiers, an Allen & Heath Zed mixer and Shure wireless mics to ensure crystal-clear, feedback-free audio for all to enjoy.

See you on the green in 2017!

Peace, Love, out-

John Rogers

Memorial Day Message from Midwest Sound & Lighting

Memorial Day is set aside for Americans to remember and honor the memory of those who have fallen in the service of our Nation. A popular phrase says it well, “All gave some; some gave all”. We at Midwest Sound & Lighting are grateful for the service and sacrifice of our Veterans, active duty military personnel and first responders. As we enjoy this Memorial Day weekend, let’s pause and thank God for the good men and women who won and continue to protect our freedom. God Bless America.

The horse-drawn caisson carrying the ashes in an urn placed inside the casket of Staff Sgt. Wesley R. Williams, proceeds during a burial services Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. According to the Defense Department, who was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, under control of the 7th Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., died Dec. 10 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Happy Memorial Day weekend

Happy Memorial Day weekend

Bemis Benefit Art Auction 2015

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Bemis Benefit

Midwest Sound & Lighting was very happy to provide production services for the Bemis Benefit Art Auction Saturday, November 21st. The Bemis Benefit, a red carpet event that drew a sold out crowd of over 800 people, is an annual art auction that is held in the Old Market. Midwest Sound & Lighting used several QSC K-12 1KW powered speakers, Shure wireless microphones, a Mackie mixer, a large-format Hitachi video projector, a large Draper projection screen, (20) Chauvet Colorado LED par fixtures with (8) Leko lights to produce the desired indoor/outdoor lighting and audio effects and coverage. It was our pleasure to be involved with this worthwhile event and we congratulate everyone involved on its success.

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Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce 20th Anniversary Annual Awards Dinner

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SCCC 20th Anniversary Awards Celebration

Last night, October 28th, was a very festive occasion at Embassy Suites LaVista Convention Center. It was the site of the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce’s 20th Anniversary Annual Awards Celebration and showcased another great business year in Nebraska’s fastest growing county.

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Following Chamber President Karen Gibler’s welcome and Steve McLaughlin’s invocation, attendees thoroughly enjoyed the evening’s delicious food and drink and applauded the various nominees and winners.

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Speakers and presenters at the podium also included Lori Bickford, outgoing 2015 board chair, Lois Erickson of Papillion LaVista Community Schools Cooperation Best, 2015 Board Chairman Alan Kennedy, Sarpy Chamber Board of Directors 1st Vice Chair Lowell Ferguson, current and formers board members Steve Zey, Tim Gay, Tom Kerfoot, Scott Buchholz and Eric Jones.

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SCCC Awards underway I

There was plenty to cheer about and much laughter as well, particularly when Murphy’s Law briefly took over the PowerPoint presentation we’d thoroughly tested before the dinner…a good character-builder for this humble sound man!

Midwest Sound & Lighting is proud of our partnership with the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce and quite grateful for receiving an SCCC Excellence Award ourselves! We congratulate all nominees and winners on their accomplishments and thank the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce staff for their hard work on behalf of the business community.

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Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce holds 2015 Grand Giveaway, “Sarpy Super Slammin’ Disco” at Livestock Exchange Building

 

Welcome-to-the-Sarpy-Super-Slammin-DiscoThere were bell-bottoms, Afro wigs, platform shoes, and peace signs aplenty throughout the 10th floor ballrooms of The Livestock Exchange Building on Thursday, March 5th. The occasion was the 2015 edition of SCCC’s Grand Giveaway. After last night’s event, I have come to the conclusion that no business entity probably has more fun than the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce. May I elaborate? Thanks; here goes.

Around 360 Sarpy Chamber members began arriving at about 5 pm and upon entering, found themselves in a bit of a time machine that took us all back to the 1970’s, complete with tie-dyes, funky wigs and moustaches with everyone enjoying and participating in the fun-loving spirit of the event.

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As 1970’s-era hipsters strolled and sipped punch, they got to examine a ballroom full of great prizes, from big TVs to tents to all manner of services, tickets and other items to bid on in the silent auction.  There were also raffles for gift certificates, tickets to Husker Games, etc. Following cocktail hour, everyone then crossed the hallway to the other ballroom, where we all enjoyed a luscious Brandeis-catered meal with wine from Soaring Wings Vineyard. But the best was yet to come.

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Martie-Cordaro-Sarpy-Disco-crop3 Martie Cordaro pic courtesy Rachel George of The Bellevue Leader

 

After dinner, Emcees Shawn Williams of Bounce U, and Omaha Storm Chasers’ Martie Cordaro ascended to the stage with a pair of Shure wireless mics and began the auction. Between their wigs, leisure suits and funky shades, Sarpy County Chamber members raised the roof and the funds needed to operate the Sarpy Chamber. Shawn and Martie themselves bid on several items too, and it was fun to watch them coax and cajole each other and their fellow members into higher and higher bids.

The climax of the evening followed shortly after the auction concluded, as SCCC board members, in period garb, got down with their bad selves doing some cheesy yet charming choreography to that 70’s disco anthem, the Village People’s “YMCA”. The audience got into the moment, making the “Y”, “M”, “C” & “A” moves with the dancers; quite a sight to behold!

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Midwest Sound and Lighting was proud to be the A/V sponsor of the event. Though the Livestock Exchange Building Ballroom is a big, reverberant hall, folks way in the back heard everything nice and clearly, thanks to the single pair of truly amazing JBL VRX-932 speakers we put on stands in the front corners of the ballroom.

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The Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce is to be congratulated on another very enjoyable evening of fun, fellowship and fundraising. I can’t wait to see what they cook up for next year’s Grand Giveaway. The Sarpy Super Slammin’ Disco will be hard to top!

Your 70’s throwback pal,

John Rogers, Midwest Sound & Lighting