Yarns by HomePlace Farm wins first place in annual decorating contest
by Margaret Anderson
Special to The Star
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Diane Peden beside her winning decorations. Photo: Anita Kilgore/The Jacksonville News
Diane Peden beside her winning decorations. Photo: Anita Kilgore/The Jacksonville News
Jacksonville Arts Council vice president and acting president Emily Lipscomb said she’s pleased with the number of merchants who took part in the fifth Christmas decorating contest. Twenty-four merchants on the square and Pelham Road decorated their stores, doors and windows in hopes of bringing more Christmas cheer to the city.

Lipscomb believes their efforts were successful.

Yarns by HomePlace Farm at 402 Pelham Rd N., Suite 4, won first place. Owners of the business are Diane Peden and Linda Boozer.

Coming in at second place was Accent Floral Design at 112 Clinton St., S.E., owned by Cherie Young Maroney. Gamecock Computers, located on the square at 104 Ladiga St., S. W., was named third place winner. That business is owned by Andrew Havens. Honorable mention went to Pocket Park on Ladiga Street behind Roma’s.

Peden and Boozer said they were delighted when they heard they had won.

“We were thrilled,” said Peden. “We feel very honored to have won. It was a great outlet for our creativity, and we’re already planning next year’s window. We plan to make it a tradition.”

Out of town judges were Sharon Dasinger of Southside, Martha Stillwell of Weaver and Debbie Braun of Anniston. They based their decisions on originality, creativity, special effort portrayed and eye appeal.

“I’m sure it was difficult for the judges to make their decisions,” said Lipscomb. “I wouldn’t have wanted to be in their shoes.”

Lipscomb said that she and all the members of the council appreciate the judges for their time in making the selections.

Other officers of the council are project manager Sydney Fox Long, treasurer Martha Dobson and secretary Constance Sims.

Lipscomb said the council invites anyone interested to join. Those who would like to be a member can contact her at 435-7167, Long at 435-4235 or Dobson at 435-3145.

“We always welcome new members,” she said. “We’d be happy to have those who are interested in joining to call us.”

Lipscomb said the cooperation of the merchants is greatly appreciated.

“They provide entertainment for our city,” she said. “Those who live here enjoy it, and those who are passing through town get to enjoy it. It makes the Christmas season more festive in Jacksonville. We just appreciate all these community-minded merchants who decorated their businesses.”

The idea for the project grew out of another holiday project. At one time, residents in Jacksonville opened their doors for the holiday home tour. But when participation began to dwindle, the council looked toward the merchants, who responded in a positive manner.

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