July 5, 2022

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Stunning Displays in the Ring of Lights Property Decorating Contest

Shirley Pepys of Balboa Island gained Very best Lights and Animation in the yearly Ring of Lights Home Decorating Contest. / photo credit history Chris Trela

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.

Shirley Pepys’ award-profitable mild show / photograph credit rating Chris Treal

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.

Big gingerbread residence on Balboa Island courtesy of Dennis and Patti Vitarelli / Image credit score Chris Trela

“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.”

Shirley Pepys usually includes penguins in her holiday display / photograph by Chris Trela

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

Sweepstakes Very best Over-all from Bruce & Viviana FaBrizio in Corona del Mar / Photograph Credit score Bleu Cotton Picture Inc

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

Chairman’s Decision

Craig & Jamie Atkins / 928 By way of Lido Nord, Lido Isle

Greatest Conventional Lights

Robert Olson / 351 East Bay Front, Balboa Island

Ideal Traditional Lights by Robert Olson on Balboa Island / Photograph credit Bleu Cotton Picture Inc

“Green” Entry Award

Matthew Thomas / 409 E. Edgewater, Balboa Peninsula

Photographer’s Selection

Scott Sarkisian / 1006 East Balboa Blvd., Balboa Peninsula

Humor and Originality

Jeanne Lewand / 343 East Bay Front, Balboa Island

Rookie Award

Scottie Upshall / 3803 Marcus Ave., Newport Island

Very best on Lido

Mike & Lori Grey / 309 Via Lido Soud, Lido Isle

Founder’s Award

Gigi & Craig Lyons / 2706 Bayshore Dr., Bayshores

StuNews Award

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

A neighborhood favorite–the “Beary Christmas” that includes thousands of stuffed bears / photo by Chris Trela