Monday, October 13, 2008

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas?

Retirees of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers' Local 481 retirees will begin work maintaining the, ummm, light-up-ability of the 4,784 multi-color bulbs that will be strung on Monument Circle over the winter holidays.

Each light bulb is changed, wires inspected, sockets replaced and fuses checked to ensure that all work properly the moment the “switch is flipped.” (The lighting ceremony is -- as always -- the Friday after Thanksgiving.)

The maintenance work goes on from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today through Wednesday (15 October) in the Swine Building on the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

The installation of the centerpiece decor will take place 8 November on Monument Circle. Approximately 200 IBEW 481 volunteers will be on hand to install the 52 light strands.

The lights are turned on on 28 November to become "the Circle of Lights" (the display formerly known as the world's tallest Christmas tree). It's presented annually by the Contractors of Quality Connection and the Electrical Workers of IBEW 481.

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