We might not have snow or mistletoe, but Newport Beach is aglow with festive decorations—on houses, firms and even boats. Some householders go all-out each and every calendar year as element of the annual Ring of Lights Household Decorating Contest, hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.
“Although the Ring of Lights contest does not have the long history that the Boat Parade enjoys, it has turn out to be really much a part of the Newport Seaside holiday break tradition,” observed Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce President Steve Rosansky.
The Chamber, which hosts the Christmas Boat Parade, canceled the celebration this calendar year out of basic safety considerations for the massive crowds that normally collect alongside the parade route. Nevertheless, a separate independent boat parade did get put.
For the Ring of Lights, owners all-around the harbor who adorn their residences and enter are judged by a panel of judges and are eligible to acquire awards (mostly bragging rights) in various categories.
According to Ring of Lights chair Joe Stapleton, who was not too long ago honored as the Newport Seaside Citizen of the 12 months, he appears to be like ahead to the occasion each calendar year.
“It is truly astounding how resourceful and in excess of the leading people today can be with their decorations,” he said.
Dennis and Patti Vitarelli are typical Ring of Lights entrants. Their residence on South Bayfront capabilities a massive Gingerbread House.
“We enjoy viewing children and people using pictures in front of it for the holiday seasons,” mentioned Dennis. “The adorned houses truly help the total bay occur alive. Balboa Island is this sort of a great position to stay, we want to display some holiday spirit.”
A perennial Ring of Lights winner is Shirley Pepys, who has been moving into the contest for the earlier 20 decades. This 12 months, she was honored with an award for Best Lights and Animation.
In accordance to Pepys, she and her son made the primary mild displays, but for the earlier 8 a long time Pepys has been working with the assistance of two girls who reside in Lake Forest.
“They are so talented—they really do not do any other residence besides mine,” reported Pepys. “We commonly start off organizing in July. I inform them to include penguins, then they build all the things at their homes.”
Pepys has a storage unit exactly where she keeps decorations from earlier several years, most of which are seldom reused because each 12 months is a new concept.”
Pepys made the decision to scale again from her regular about-the-major décor, although much less is more because she however received an award.
So why does Pepys, and other Newport Beach front property owners, carry on to outdo by themselves on holiday decorations?
“I try to remember my have childhood, and my father driving all around to clearly show us the decorated properties,” explained Pepys. “It does provide a good deal of joy to people.”
Ring of Lights Winners
Sweepstakes: Most effective Total
Bruce & Viviana FaBrizio / 1407 Bayside Dr., Corona del Mar
Lights and Animation – 1st Area
Shirley Pepys / 526 S. Bay Entrance, Balboa Island
Lights and Animation – 2nd Spot
John & Essie Bootsma / 128 Via Lido Nord, Lido Isle
Most effective Concept: (Building the Best of 2020)
Darcy Marshall / 1700 S. Bayfront, Balboa Island
Craig & Jamie Atkins / 928 By way of Lido Nord, Lido Isle
Greatest Conventional Lights
Robert Olson / 351 East Bay Front, Balboa Island
“Green” Entry Award
Matthew Thomas / 409 E. Edgewater, Balboa Peninsula
Scott Sarkisian / 1006 East Balboa Blvd., Balboa Peninsula
Humor and Originality
Jeanne Lewand / 343 East Bay Front, Balboa Island
Scottie Upshall / 3803 Marcus Ave., Newport Island
Very best on Lido
Mike & Lori Grey / 309 Via Lido Soud, Lido Isle
Gigi & Craig Lyons / 2706 Bayshore Dr., Bayshores
Balboa Angling Club / 200 A St., Balboa Peninsula
Very best on Peninsula
Todd & Kelly Roberts / 1501 E Balboa Blvd., Balboa Peninsula
Judge’s Award – 1st Location
Jim & Judy Busby / 111 East Bayfront, Balboa Island
Judge’s Award – 2nd Spot
Geof Wickett & Norm Lessard / 309 East Bay Entrance, Balboa Island
Very best Yacht Club
Balboa Yacht Club (BYC) / 1801 Bayside Dr., Corona del Mar