Awards in Chapel Hill home decorating contest announced
By Nancy Moorehead
Special to the Tribune
The Town of Chapel Events Committee held the first home decorating contest in conjunction with the local Christmas parade, Reindeer Run, Craft Fair, and Breakfast with Santa. The Town of Chapel Hill is pleased to announce the Christmas Decorating Contest winners.
* Town Overall Winner -- Tim and Jewel Ann Copeland. The Copeland's home was decorated in a style reminiscent of a gingerbread house with brightly colored lights placed in perfect positions for a neat and unique presentation. The light theme was also placed on the porch, adjacent garage and landscaping throughout their yard. The detail in their design provided the perfect example of their love of the holiday season.
* Town Traditional Award -- Tommy Gabard. Mrs. Gabard, a lifelong resident of Chapel Hill, decorates her home annually in a distinctive style that is anticipated and appreciated by everyone in the community. On the main street in Chapel Hill, her decorations are enjoyed year after year by local residents and those passing through our town.
* Best Decorated Mailbox -- Billy and Pam Lamb. In addition to their festive holiday decorations and beautifully landscaped home, live magnolia leaves were used to decorate the mailbox at the driveway entry. Their home is a perfect reflection of the pride our residents take in living in the Town of Chapel Hill.
* Rural Overall Winner -- Janice Edmondson. Ms. Edmondson is known for her elaborate decorations on her plantation style home. Both porch levels of her home were lit, in addition to the gazebo, trees, and much of the backyard area. All who know Janice realize this is a labor of love of the season and the community she resides in.
* Best Entryway -- Harold and Patsy Daughrity. The Daughrity home has been a focal point for Christmas decorations in the area for many years. The front entryway included a lighted snowman on the door which was surrounded by lighted garland. Both levels of their home were well lit and reflected well onto their front lawn which includes a picket fence and a gazebo.
* Town Business Overall Award -- Mane Street Salon, Kayce and Dwayne Dowers. While a number of local businesses were beautifully decorated, Mrs. Dowers had transformed her salon into a winter wonderland much to the delight of many in the community. During recent years, Mrs. Dowers has become involved in many aspects of projects to promote our community and local businesses. She routinely decorates for holidays, in addition, to local school events.
* Theme Award -- "All About the Child," Odie and Tracy Eden. The committee felt a wide variety of festive yard decorations included at this home reminded us how happy the season makes our children. Santa, Disney characters, a nativity, and even several ducks parading best represented the theme of this year's parade.
* Honorable Mention -- The homes of Brian and Jessica Coleman, Tim and Mary Jo Tipps, the Jose Urrutia Family, Joseph and Cindy Gabard, Scott Leonard and Tonya Garvin, and the Odie Edens Family.
The Town of Chapel Hill looks forward to expanding participation in the decorating contest by making this an annual event. Each winner is asked to come by Town Hall to pick up their commemorative Christmas ornament designed by Dani Hoeft. The Town Overall winner will be asked to display a special snowman plaque to remain at their home during the holiday season as the 2014 winner. It will then be returned to the Town Hall to be presented to the 2015 winner.
The Town of Chapel Hill provided a Shop Local prize of a $150 Visa Gift Card which was won by Billy Hallett. Local businesses had registration boxes at their location and many awarded door prizes to their customers. The Events Committee is also finalizing plans for a Valentine's Day gala, Dancing on the Duck. The first gala was a tremendous success and local residents are looking forward to this event which will be held at Henry Horton State Park. Plan to get your tickets early for the event which will include a cocktail hour, dinner and dancing. Corporation sponsorships from local businesses are also being requested. For more information, please contact Marion Joyce, Dancing on the Duck chairperson.