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Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill Photo Shoot - 2 of 2

  • Dec 19, 2013 · 5:15 PM
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For those who get there by 5:45 pm meet on the Mill's restaurant back deck/porch.  Set up for the 6 pm light show and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or hot cider from the gift shop.  Maps to the Clifton Mill are in the FILES area.

For over 20 years Clifton Mill has celebrated the Christmas season in a very special way. Their "Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill," featured in Midwest Living and Ohio Magazine, is one of the country's finest with over 3.5 million lights illuminating the mill, the gorge, the riverbanks, trees and bridges. There is even a 100 foot "waterfall" of twinkling lights. Santa Claus Museum houses the private collection of the Satariano family which has taken nearly 40 years to amass. There are over 3000 examples of Santa Claus on display dating from as far back as 1850.

(photo from Ed Dixon blog)

It will be a near full moon night as well with the moon rising at ~5:55 pm - let's see if anyone can work the moon into a shot as well.  Gates open every day at 5 pm, the lights come on at 6 pm with the light show on the covered bridge.  Gates close at 9 pm; lights go off 30 minutes after gates close.

More on their web-site here: http://www.cliftonmill.com/index.htm


Cost is $10 per person and Cash/Master Card/Visa are accepted. Parking is free off Wilberforce-Clifton Road.  You can get snacks there (Hot Dogs, Sandwiches, Soup, Cornbread, Hot Chocolate, Cookies, Pie, Popcorn, Soft Drinks). The lights are not open in Severe weather so pay attention for any last minute rescheduling. The gift shop and Santa Museum are inside (beware, your lens may fog if has been cold), the rest is outside so dress for the weather.  Bring thin work style gloves you won't have to take off.

Tripods will be necessary for shooting the lights outside, where you can photograph a miniature village, a covered bridge, the Little Miami headwater banks, and more.  Music and lights are coordinated for the shows on the hour.

Directions: 75 Water St., Clifton, OH 45316 (see map link above; GPS:[masked], [masked]); allow approximately 50-60 minutes to get there, driving the back roads in daylight is a good idea if you don't have your GPS).

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  • Sophia Z.

    Spectacular lights. There was eye candy everywhere one looked. Thank you Rick and Fred.

    December 21, 2013

  • Krista

    Sorry, I won't be able to make it tonight, my husband had a last minute work emergency. What fantastic weather for this, hope everyone has a great time! If another one is scheduled I'd love to come.

    December 19, 2013

  • grace m.

    I would love to go ,but I have to work late.

    December 18, 2013

    • Rick

      Grace, you should come with us. Give me a call. We leave at 4 :30.

      December 18, 2013

  • Ina K

    I'm so bummed out that I missed it yesterday due to my sudden business trip to Houston and I can't do Thursday due to a performance (I'm doing Irish Step Dance). I wonder if we could get enough people for a third group between Christmas and NY?

    December 18, 2013

    • Fred H.

      If anyone else wants to setup another visit between Christmas and New Years reply here and I will set it up for the group.

      December 18, 2013

  • Vicky J. E.

    How many people can I bring with me that is not in our club? but they are beginning photographers?

    December 10, 2013

    • Fred H.

      really no limits for this one

      December 10, 2013

  • Anne E. O.

    I'm not sure if I'm marked down for Tuesday...just realized this was in addition to Tuesday.

    November 26, 2013

    • Anne E. O.

      Hey Fred, I am planning on going to Tuesday's ...when I signed up for the 2nd one was thinking 1st one was cancelled. Sorry for the confusion.

      November 27, 2013

    • Fred H.

      OK, I am removing you from the Thursday event then.

      November 27, 2013

  • Ina K

    Weird, my email notification said this meetup would be on the 18th... I could have made the 18 but can't do the 19th.
    But I just remembered that there is another meetup on the 18. Still strange that my email notification said this was on the 18th.

    November 25, 2013

    • Fred H.

      Ina, took me 10 seconds to realize the second date was the same as the monthly meeting, so I moved it to the 19th to not interefere.

      November 25, 2013

  • Tina K.

    Sadly I will not be able to make this one too. still be on a caribbean cruise....Thanks anyhoo Fred!

    November 25, 2013

  • John O.

    I signed up for the event on the 17th

    November 25, 2013

  • Fred H.

    this second outing is for those who cannot make the one on Tuesday.

    November 25, 2013

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