With 10 houses and one business vying for the Best of 4th of July, Most Historic, Most Patriotic, Best Newcomers, Best Innovative Use of Media and Best Business, Proud Neighbors of Collingswood annual Fourth of July House decorating Contest was a variety of themes and designs.
This year included some returning but many first timers, showed amazing creativity, sense of patriotism, history and a whole lot of red, white and blue. In addition to the plethora of American flags and bunting, there were statues, historic military uniforms, , and painted designs on grass, all displaying the participant’s feelings about the Fourth of July.
The winners of the Proud Neighbors of Collingswood House Decorating Contest were:
Most Patriotic, First Place – J.J. Loux, Lees Ave.
Most Patriotic, Second Place – Chromiczewski Family, Park Ave.
Most Historic – Carty Family, Linwood Ave.
Best Newcomer – Celia Family, Eldridge Ave.
Best Use of Innovative Media – Renee Coccia, East Knight Ave.
Best Business – The Retrospect, Haddon Ave.
Winners were judged on creativity, originality and appropriateness to architecture, best historic home or overall best look. Proud Neighbors of Collingswood thanks everyone who entered their homes and to the judges for their time.
The judges were Lois and Harvey Stick, Sonya Peterson, John Samas, Bernie and Mary Kairis, Ron and Kathy Warwick and Dave Savage. Thanks also to contest registrar Geralyn Rock.
This annual show of patriotism is encouraged by Proud Neighbors of Collingswood. A civic organization that aims to share ideas about restoration, strives to develop awareness of historic preservation and works with residents, businesses and government to maintain the historic character of the town.