Stamford Neighborhood Starts Annual Wreath Contest

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Marguerite Hajjar works on her first wreath in the Doors of Shippan contest in Stamford. Photo Credit: Anthony Buzzeo
Floral designer Iris Oliveira helps Marty Cokin with her seashore themed wreath. Photo Credit: Anthony Buzzeo
Meg Kelley adds a bow to her wreath, which she thinks pulls it all together. Photo Credit: Anthony Buzzeo
Ginny Fox (left) and Ricki Miller help each other with their wreaths. Photo Credit: Anthony Buzzeo

STAMFORD, Conn. — The women of the Shippan Point Garden Club in Stamford kicked off their annual Doors of Shippan contest Monday night with its wreath workshop.

“It’s the beginning of our Christmas season,” Meg Kelley, said of why she has participated in the event for the past five years.

The 60 or so participants will enter into one of nine categories: newcomer, traditional, silver and/or gold, New England seaside, my favorite things, winter wonderland, my homeland, religious and designer’s choice.

While each wreath has to fall into one of the categories, everyone adds their own personal taste to it.

Marguerite Hajjar, who was making her first wreath in the contest, didn’t buy anything, but found little ornaments in her house and decided to put them in hers. “I’ll throw a couple more in and see how it goes,” the self-proclaimed novice said.

“It matches the shutters on my house,” Kelley said of her red and gold ornaments and bows she was adding to the wreath.

Ginny Fox and Ricki Miller both go to stores and find ornaments and ribbons to put on their wreaths.

“You find fun things,” Miller said, “Everything I bought I am throwing in.”

“You pick whatever hits you,” Fox said.

Helping out the garden club once again this year was Iris Oliveira, a Brazilian floral designer, who worked with the participants Monday night to bring their ideas to life on their wreathes.

Each Shippan resident is asked to participate in making either a wreath or a wreath and door garland to decorate their house and take part in the contest.

The judging will take place on Thursday morning.

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