Each winter the Waterville Valley business community holds a friendly (and I use that word lightly…some of these folks take this very seriously!) competition for the best lit and decorated business.
Yesterday afternoon an esteemed group of volunteer judges toured the Valley and selected their favorites in several categories. The “winners” — and I use that term lightly because we are ALL winners for making our businesses so fun, festive and bright — were announced at a party at Legends in Town Square.
And the winners are … drumroll …
Business: Town Square Maintenance & Housekeeping
Condo Association: Forest Rim
Municipal/Nonprofit: Rey Center
Lodging/interior lobby: Silver Fox
Lodging/exterior: Silver Fox
The judges had a very difficult time choosing one business over another. Everyone did an extraordinary job lighting up the town. Take a walk/drive around town (especially at night) and stop in the local businesses and take a look!
Some notes from the judges:
The Rey Center on the second floor of the Town Square entertained us with Curious George having fun sledding down a replica of Tecumseh.
The moose at the entrance to Town Hall has a rack full of lights.
The Library shines like a Currier and Ives cottage.
Dreams & Visions sparkled with their displays of Christmas decorations and lights as did Toad Hall.
Jugtown had an entertaining display of Santa being pulled by little pigs instead of reindeer.
The exterior of the White Mountain Athletic Club shined with their beautiful lighted trees – white lights interspersed with blue lit tress – and garnered high points for impact.
Winner of all was the charming Christmas window scene created by the Town Square housekeepers in the window near the Post Office.
The Lodges went the extra mile this year – the tall lit tress framing the entrances of the Black Bear and Golden Eagle were impressive, but the twinkling forest of white trees lining the parking area of the Silver Fox with an entrance accented with greens took the prize.
The time our innkeepers took on their interiors was obvious – The tall tree in the Golden Eagle lobby dressed in beautiful burgundy ribbons, the cozy entrance of the Snowy Owl with its moose dressed with the hand-made scarf, the Black Bear elf (Tracy) setting the holiday mood surprising the judges with candy canes and its lobby painted with winter scenes, a decorated tree and greens. The Valley Inn has a beautiful tree completely decorated with handmade ornaments and four enchanted holiday rooms greet their guests. But winner of the evening was the Silver Fox Inn – from the front door through the lobby to the back deck, then up the stairs to the second level – all decorated with greens, ribbons, berries, candles and lights.
Take the time to visit our lodges and businesses to see how they’ve lit up our town.
Thank you to Terry Roper for coordinating the judging, the judges (Chris Larsen, Vicki Myrick, Pat Sava, Mike Somma & Sharen Tedrow), Legends for hosting the awards party, Roper Real Estate & Waterville Valley Realty for purchasing the trophies, and to all of you for festively lighting and decorating our community.