The best and the brightest

Queen Anne Historical Society's Crown of Lights competition was held last week, and the results of the yearly competition are in.

The winning light display in the "On the Boulevard" section was the doing of the Tom and Keri Lether family at 1240 Bigelow Ave. N. The Lethers have been decorating for the holidays 15 years now, adding something new to the display every year. It's a great way to meet their neighbors, the family has found; this year they even had a party for 85 of them to celebrate the display.

Winner in the "Off the Boulevard" category is the Kurt and Deb Guenther family, including Kate and Jack. Kurt designed the lights, and the display is different each year.

The Guenthers say that they get warm comments from their visitors and neighbors, and have even received baked goods from neighbors who said the display really portrayed the "spirit of the season."

This year the judges were faced with "some really strong runners-up that need to be recognized."

The homes in question are at 165 McGraw St., 352 Wheeler St., 2534 10th Ave. W. and 700 W. Lee St.

The historical society thanks and congratulates all the participants for their contributions to making Queen Anne a festive place of holiday cheer.

Community representative judges visited the homes and voted on which homes exhibited the most creative and exciting holiday lighting displays on Thursday, Dec. 15.

The judges were: Isabel Egglin, QAHS president; John Coney, representing the Uptown Alliance; Nadine Frazier, representing Queen Anne High School Alumnae Association; and Bob Frazier, this year's chairperson of the lighting contest.

Thanks are due also to Del Loder for donating his time and his eight-person van to drive the judges around Queen Anne.

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