2009 - Crocodile Dock. A swamp theme with a structural 4x12 foot deck made of rough timbers
and planks. Also included a 15 foot tree draped with Spanish moss, a boat and raft, a fishing shack,
lots of green plants, and several birds and animals made of foam, plastic or concrete.
2006 - Fiesta! Entire santuary covered with paper flowers, "papel picado"
(punched paper) banners, and serapes. Stage backdrop was an Alamo style adobe building
made of brown Kraft paper, blue paper sky above with scattered clouds. Styrofoam props
included an 8 foot saguaro cactus covered with hundreds of toothpicks, an animated billygoat,
and several prickly pear cacti. I also made a fullsized man taking a siesta under the cactus
but someone complained he was offensive so he was deported.
2005 - Serengeti Trek. The year I discovered styrofoam. VBS was held 2 weeks before my
daughters wedding, so I made several styrofoam props in advance and someone else did the actual
decorating. Props included 2 gazelles, an feathered ostrich with his head in the sand, a
flying hornbill, crowned cranes, and a 13 foot tall giraffe. Stage background was a giant
acacia tree painted against a sunset. Entryway into the sanctuary was a thatched hut and two
8 foot elephant tusks.
2004 - Lava Lava Island. A huge volcano took up a third of the stage, inside the volcano
was a fog machine, a giant smoke-ring generator, red floodlights and red rope lights. Each
night, the volcano stirred a little more, starting with a little flicker and rumble on Monday
night and progressing to a full eruption on Friday night. 2 blue tulle waterfalls tumbled
into a pond that housed flamingos and a crocodile
2002 - Bug Safari. - I was not involved that year.
2001 - Polar Expedition My first year of minor involvement with VBS decorating. I made a full-sized igloo out of 50 large produce boxes painted white and blue to resemble giant ice blocks. This was the year I invented the airblow giant snowglobe that you now see on sale everywhere. Unfortunately, I didn't think to patent it! I took clear vinyl and cut out panels based on a "geodome", then taped the panels together using clear package tape. I mounted the dome on a sheet of plywood with a fan underneath, put some plastic penguins inside and threw in a bucketful of styrofoam beanbag beads for snow.Posted 7/04/07