December 9, 2011
Colonial Williamsburg Announces Winners for 2011 Historic Area Residence Decoration Contests
Williamsburg has announced winners in its annual Historic Area Residence Decoration Contest.
Winners in the amateur category
Peter Hay Shop
The residents in this historic home adorned the door with a basket and horse collar filled with apples, balsam, boxwood, candy sugar sticks, carrots, corn, cotton, lady apples, oats, pineapple and/or wheat.
Greenhow Tenement Kitchen
George Reid House
Winners in the professional category
James Moir House
Judges considered the type of material; creativity and elements of the design; originality and faithfulness to the spirit of 18th-century decorative ideas; and written information provided by residents. Winners were announced and a blue ribbon was attached to each winner's residence the following day.
Professional decorations were judged separately from those by amateurs and separate ribbons were awarded for amateur and professional decorations. Six prizes of $200 each were awarded to the winners and a blue ribbon was attached to each winner's residence.
Doorway decorations will be judged a second time on Dec. 19. A panel of two judges from Colonial Williamsburg landscape staff will review all residences maintained or replaced by the tenants or are predominately inorganic. Judges will focus primarily on the condition of the decorations and adherence to the resident's original decorative ideas. Four prizes of $100 each will be awarded to the winners and a purple ribbon will be attached to each winner's residence the following day.
Residents in Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area decorate their homes as part of the holiday season. They are asked to have their residences decorated by the day before Grand Illumination to treat guests to a Colonial Williamsburg Christmas. Foundation staff provides materials and decorating ideas to Historic Area residents during this time.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation's premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Williamsburg is located in Virginia's Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour's drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg's website at www.history.org.