Hop to it: Couple lights up home, yard for Easter

By From page C1 | April 20, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Ben and Nancy Aromin may have just claimed a first in the area.

The Fairfield couple usually light up the outside of their Calder Place home for Halloween and Christmas. This year, Easter decor and pastel lights are in place. In July, red, white and blue will follow in time for Independence Day.

It’s been a longtime wish of Ben Aromin to have an outdoor light display for Easter. Technology just had to catch up.

At Christmas, he got his hands on RGB addressable lights, which include a tiny chip between each LED light that allows them to be controlled individually. Red was favored for Christmas and Valentine’s Day. The hue will be used again for the Fourth of July.

Pink, lavender and yellow now light up the roofline. Lights blink on a huge wheel that hangs on the garage door that is fashioned after Disney’s California Adventure Ferris wheel. Lights of the same color dance over the home’s archways and frame the entryway to the Aromin home.

All the lights are synced with Easter music provided by Walt Disney Records. Ben Aromin put several hours into synching the lights and music. The high-tech lights may offer him more colors, but it also means more challenges to get the colors right, he said.

Setting up the decor was easy; another 20 to 25 hours, after a full day of work, was needed to program the lights.

The couple, who have been married four years, handcrafted their own display-size wooden eggs that feature Disney characters. They are hand-painted and showcased with spotlights.

The Aromins have named their holiday displays, Magical Holiday Moments. They have a Facebook page with the same name where people who have checked out their previous displays have posted reviews.

The positive feedback is one of the reasons Ben Aromin wants to share his love of Disney, and hopefully help families make memories. He makes an effort to greet each person who stops to look at the display. He also thanks them for stopping by and asks them to tell others.

Ben Aromin, who works in the maintenance field, will continue expanding his holiday displays, adding more and more Disney. One day he wants to present a portfolio to the Disney company in hopes of working there one day doing light programming.

“I’ve had a passion to work for them . . . to produce the magic Disney offers,” he said.

He grew up in Southern California and spent many fun hours at Disneyland.

“Our parents sent us to Disneyland to get us out of their hair,” he said.

Nancy Aromin’s first trip to the Magic Kingdom was in 2002, with her future husband. Her favorite Disney character is Tinkerbell. His is Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

Ben Aromin has already chosen music, courtesy of Walt Disney Records, for his Fourth of July display. He’ll soon sit down and diagram it on paper.

The first year the couple put up Christmas decorations, the display was vandalized.

“They destroyed the whole yard,” he said.

Nancy Aromin said they didn’t let that get them down.

“It gave us more incentive,” her husband said.

The Easter lights will be on between 7 and 10 p.m. Easter Sunday. Those who stop by can tune their car radio to 88.3 FM to hear the music and recorded Easter greetings from a disc jockey who goes by the name of Demented Elf.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/magicalholidaymoments.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 20, 2014 - 9:07 am

    I'm sure the theiir neighbors are thrilled with the gaudy excess and such poor taste. What's next? A bizarre Philippine Papanga Provence styled macabre crucifixtion in the front yard? Even the Catholic church says ''tone it down''---honor the reserection and salvation in good taste if you please!

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  • charlesApril 23, 2014 - 9:40 am

    its people with attitudes like yours Rich Giddens who vandalized The first year. the display is wonderful and they should keep it up. and you talking about honor the reserection and salvation think to yourself if jesus came in front of this display would he criticize it? i dont think so they are celebrating not hating. you should take a page from their book.

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