Milan residents honored in City of Milan “Lights Aglow and Mistletoe” outdoor decorating contest

The Milan Beautification Commission joined with the City of Milan to choose winners for the 2012 “Lights Aglow and Mistletoe” outdoor decoration contest. Winners were awarded a letter of recognition from the city of Milan and a Christmas tree marker was placed in their yards.    There were four winning categories designated by the commission to include, Most Unique, Most Traditional, Children’s Wonderland and Best of Show.

Zachary and Stephanie Patterson took the prize in the Most Traditional category.   The couple’s home is located at 688 Jefferson Lane in the Uptown Village subdivision.   Sparkling white lights frame windows, doors, wrap around porch pillars and are draped across shrubbery.

Stephanie Patterson said in all there were 10,000 lights adorning the house.  She insisted each day, for more than a month, that more lights were needed.  Her husband kept insisting they had enough.  Patterson said, after her husband refused to add more lights, she strung a few strings herself.  She said she enjoyed telling her husband all those lights made them winners.

The couple wasn’t aware the city held a contest, but they were definitely thrilled to learn they had won.  Now aware of the contest, Patterson said there may be more lights found on the house for next year’s contest.   As a child, Patterson’s parents took her driving to see neighborhood lights, a custom she has kept with her children. .  “Having and seeing Christmas lights just makes the season more fun,” Patterson said.

.  The two-story house located at 360 Wabash was awash in colored lights, wreaths, snowmen and Christmas trees that resembled cookies giving homeowner, Laurie Burgess, the prize for Children’s Wonderland.

Elizabeth and Justin Blaine took the prize for the Most Unique.  The couple’s entire yard was filled with seasonal decorations and music played in time to the blinking lights.  Rounding out the top winners, Amy and James Swalwell won for Best of Show.  Atop the house Santa’s sleigh and reindeer were found.  The remainder of the house was covered with blue lights.

An honorable mention award went to the home of Pat and Julie Brown located at 1251 Daisy Lane.  A unique display of shiny, sparkling snowflakes hang from an ornamental tree.  White lights adorn the roof line.  A large snowman sets in the shrub bed.  “This is the first year that we could put “Frosty” out, Julie Brown said, “It’s been too windy for the past two years.”  The mild weather was helpful, as the snowman seems to complete the winter scene.

City Administrator Ben Swayze, also a liaison to the commission, congratulates the nominees and winners and thanks them for displaying their holiday spirit and, “helping make Milan beautiful.”

The winners were:

Most Unique:  Elizabeth and Justin Blaine, 448 Argyle Crescent

Most Traditional:  Stephanie and Zachary Patterson, 688 Jefferson Lane

Children’s Wonderland:  Laurie Burgess, 360 Wabash

Best of Show:  Amy and James Swalwell, 263 Second St.

Honorable Mention:

Glenna and Alan Hale, 322 O’Brian

Helene Sandel, 602 Allen Rd.

Fred Moore, 1088 Primrose Lane

Larry Jackson, 25 W. Lewis Ave.

Additional Nominees:

687 Morning Glory Lane, 1251 Daisy Lane, 1066 Primrose Lane, 751 Lee St., 237 North St., 258 First St., 213 E. Main St., 101 W. Main St., 125 W. Main St., 361 Ann Marie, 321 O’Brian, 856 Barnswallow.

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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