For Immediate Release
Announcing the DIY Holiday Display Contest Winners!
In partnership with the New Hope Chamber of Commerce, the Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce held our first annual Holiday Display Decorating Contest in New Hope and Lambertville. Prize money was on the line as visitors voted for their favorite display and voting came down the wire! Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make our competition a success.
1st Place, $500: Vecere Jewelers, 19 Bridge St., Lambertville, NJ
2nd Place, $250: Sojourner, 26 Bridge St., Lambertville, NJ
3rd Place, $125: Red Tulip Gallery, 19C W. Bridge St., New Hope, PA
Honorable mentions went to Liv & Charlie’s Real Food and A Mano Galleries.
Vecere Jewelers entered Stumpy Claus. Bob Vecere commented that Stumpy was popular with visitors who enjoyed taking and sharing selfies with the Santa made of tree stumps. The large Santa hat was made from two hats sewn together and the body was constructed out of a downed tree. Vecere is a second-generation family-owned jewelry shop serving the area for 40 years.
Amy Coss from Sojourner was vying for first place with the intention of matching and donating her winnings. “I wanted to donate my prize money to our local food banks because it would be a good way to open a window to the problem of hunger after the holidays. Being generous and giving gifts is on everyone’s minds during the holidays, but hunger is persistent. I thought it was especially important to remind people that the need is ongoing.” Ms. Coss donated $325 each to Fisherman’s Mark and the Delaware Valley Food Pantry.
The backdrops in Sojourner’s windows were from local author and vintage lifestyle expert Bob Richter’s book Vintage Living. The dress was an original creation from local fashion designer Morgan Grabarz. Sojourner has been selling bohemian chic for 38 years. The shop stocks both Bob Richter’s book and Morgan Grabarz’s designs.
Red Tulip Gallery entered a more traditional display which included a wreath, lights, and safety conscience lighted deer wearing face masks. The display was designed by Basia Andrusko. Ms. Andrusko creates beautifully and intricately decorated Pysanka Eggs available for purchase at the gallery.
Red Tulip Gallery is an artists’ cooperative run by members of the Bucks County Guild of Craftsmen, a local chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. Examples of work found in the gallery include jewelry, pottery, glass, textiles, photography, painting, and wood.
Thank you, Visit Bucks County, for sponsoring the contest.
About DRTCC: The Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce was established in 1972 and has been dedicated for 40 years to promoting businesses in the Delaware River Towns.
Pictured in all of the photos: Terry Meehan, President of the New Hope Chamber of Commerce; Jane Wesby, President of the DRTCC; and Cindy Kunnas, Executive Director of the DRTCC.
Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 210
Lambertville, NJ 08530