To the Editor:
Just before Christmas, as a final part of this season’s Altamont’s Victorian Holidays activities, an anonymous and diverse group of six judges secretly wandered down every street in the village on Thursday evening, Dec. 20. Their task — to carefully consider who shall be the worthy winners of the annual Holiday Decorating challenge.
Although there was a clear winner again this season, magically there was a two-way tie for second. Too close to call, the committee therefore decided there would be two second-place winners for 2012.
Along with those worthy houses, as usual, there were also many other homes that were selected by individual judges for their unique and beautiful holiday decorations and we thank all for brightening the village again this season.
So the winners: First prize of $100 is awarded to the Guyons at 19 Gregg Road for their greens-wrapped front accented with white lights and all their trees on the lawn highlighted.
Second place went to both the Race home at 102 Euclid Avenue and the DeFranco residence at 11 Indian Maiden; both received $50.
In a close contest for third place, for $25, the Quays’ residence at 5 Sunset Drive won for their welcoming and warm treatment of their front facade.
We also want to again recognize John Sands, and all who helped him, in hanging the festive holiday sprays of pine boughs and red ribbon in the village as he does every year, and the village for the trees decorated in both Orsini and Schilling parks again this season and the wrapping of sign poles.
A special thank-you goes to Altamont Community Tradition for the donation of prize money, which allowed us to give out first, second, and third prizes again in 2012.
Dean Whalen, chair