Thirty-nine designers participated in the colorful event. The winning entry for “Best Decorated Christmas Tree” is “Frosty,” decorated by Marco Island’s local networking group ConnectivityMe. The dynamic and artsy board members include Marc Creach, Peggy Koutas, Kristina Lambros, Tammie Lambros, Brian Monahan and Chris O’Dowd.
The Festival of Trees was judged by the Marco Island Home and Business Christmas Decorating Contest committee. This all-island decorating contest enters its 21st year and is a Marco institution with more than 2,000 homes and businesses participating. The committee chairman is Festival of Trees founder, Dave Rice.On December 15th, two select ConnectivityMe board members will have a memorable experience travelling with this committee as it judges the outdoor Christmas decorations on Marco Island.
Recently, 15 eager young gingerbread house designers/builders gathered in the Art Center focused on using tools of the trade – sprinkles, sparkles, gummy drops, frosting, and of course, gingerbread. Each house was full of personality and a sensory delight. The same committee that chose the “Best Decorated Christmas Tree” also picked the winner of the gingerbread house workshop.The winning gingerbread house is by budding architect, Jack Riley, age 10. He carefully constructed his gingerbread house with an eye toward artful design. No word from Jacks’ parents if he is leaving this for Santa to perhaps snack on, or maybe even some nourishment for hard working Rudolph.
Marco Island Center for the Arts thanks its sponsors Florida Department of State – Division of Cultural Affairs, First Florida Integrity Bank, Condee Cooling & Electric, Inc. and Coastal Breeze News.