The North Linthicum Improvement Association awarded prizes to residents throughout our community last weekend for decorating their homes for the holidays.
Terrie Clements, chairwoman of the contest, said that if you drive through the community you'll understand why judges had a difficult time choosing winners.
Clements said she invited people from out of the neighborhood to judge the contest, and this year, John and Susan Hartman and their son, Justin Hartman, from Ellicott City, did the honors.
George and Lo Neumeister of 216 Coronet Drive won for the Best Door Decoration with a spotlighted fan wreath of greens. Dick Albright of 34 Governors Gate Lane won the Best Window Decoration prize for an arrangement of white lights in the shape of a Christmas tree. Other gold and white arrangements complemented the tree.
Tom and Sylvia Scally of 302 Nancy Ave. took the Best Overall prize with a sparkling array of white lights all over the house and figures of Santa Claus, his sleigh and reindeer on the front lawn.
The figures, which the Scallys made, are "painted off-white and edged in burgundy, a color that blends in with the other decorations and the shutters on the home," Clements said.
"It is very well done; it looks like something out of a storybook."
The judges for the children's choice were Laureen Scally, Sarah Sellman, Christina Blockinger, Brandon Blockinger, Matt Boyd and Jonathan Clements, local children ranging in age from 10 to 14.
Their winner was the home of Al Conner and Jeanne Mager at 306 Regency Circle. The house has a display of white lights, a talking wreath on the front door and several reindeer pulling a sleigh overflowing with gifts. There also were little people climbing a ladder to get into Santa's workshop.
The prizes were $25 gift certificates at the Sunset Restaurant in Glen Burnie.
These houses received honorable mentions from the adult judges: 412 Linda Ave., 35 Hampton Road, 9 Patapsco Ave., 303 Nursery Road, 16 Coronet Drive and 41 Nancy Ave.
In addition to the outdoor decorations, you can visit the home of Shirley Beck, who is opening her house at 16 Coronet Drive for tours from 3: 30 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. today. She charges $2 to get in, with the money going to Overlook Elementary School to buy a new set of encyclopedia. This is one of the fund-raisers that have been scheduled to help raise the $750 needed.
"People will be amazed if they remember how it was before," Beck said, describing her newly redecorated living room and the Christmas tree decorations she has fashioned to go along with the color scheme of the new furniture.
This is the second year Beck, a member of the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights who has adopted Overlook and wants to provide reading material, has opened her home to the community.
New this year is a tree Beck calls the "Land of Pleasant Living." It is a white tree with red lights, festooned with Maryland flags, boats and ornaments set on a bed of sand with scattered seashells.
There is also a pink Victorian tree in the wicker bedroom with Beck's collection of old compacts and evening bags, another tree in the family room, a creche collection and a live boxwood tree.
Pub Date: 12/27/98