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    The 32nd Annual Old Louisville Holiday House Tour announces the winners of the 2008 Floral Designer Showcase Competition. This year’s theme was “Sleigh Bells”. Each participating home entryway was professionally decorated by using sleigh bells in the design. The competition was judged by a panel of five volunteer celebrity judges. Winners will have exterior Competition Award signs displayed in the front yard during this weekend’s 32nd Annual Old Louisville Holiday House Tour – Saturday and Sunday, December 6-7, 12 noon-6 pm.

    This year’s tour is sponsored by Don Driskell and Catalyst Realty and features seven Old Louisville homes, The Conrad-Caldwell House, Central Park Bed & Breakfast, The DuPont Mansion Bed & Breakfast Inn, Inn at the Park Bed & Breakfast, and The Carrigan House - Dismas Charities. Tour tickets are $20 in advance, $25 the day of tour and can be purchased at the Old Louisville Visitor Center, online or by calling 502.635.5244.

    The Winners
    1st Place:  1473 St. James Ct. decorated by Greg Dye – Wildflowers
    2nd Place:  1423 S. Fourth St. decorated by Debi Rush – Shulz’s Florist
    3rd Place:  1208 S. Second St. decorated by Michael “Mike” Gaddis – Lloyd’s Florist

    Honorable Mention Winners
    1411 St. James Ct. #3 decorated by Lyn Mabry - Essential Details with Tim Salco – Betsy’s Blooms, and Sherry Cook – Blooms by Essential Details
    1448 St. James Ct. decorated by Larry and John Mathis – Mathis Florist
    1362 S. Third St. decorated by Tammy Gibson  – Bouquet Flowers by Belmar
    1390 S. Third St. decorated by Charles Miller – Flower Studio

    The 2008 Judges
    Cindi Sullivan - WHAS-840 AM, WAVE-TV
    Tony Cruise - WHAS-840 AM
    Jackie Hays - WAVE-3 TV
    Eleanore Garber - Jefferson County Family Court Judge

    New This Year - Interior Designer Showcase Home - 1411 St. James Ct. #3
    Each room in this home features special interior holiday decorations by Sherry Cook of Blooms by Essential Details and Tim Salko of Betsy’s Blooms. All of the decorations will be for sale – ornaments, garlands, trees, ribbons, silk arrangements, etc. Other holiday gifts will be for sale in the basement gift shop at the Conrad-Caldwell House on St. James Court.

    During the tour, TWIGS of Kosair Children's Hospital will host a high Victorian Tea at Inn at the Park. The Tea will feature English teas and a tasteful sampling of savories and sweets reminiscent of holiday teas in the 19th century. The food will be prepared by David Dominé, The Bluegrass Peasant, and served by members of TWIGS #7. Entertainment will be provided by harpist, Nancy Stagner. Price: $15.00. All proceeds go to Kosair Children's Hospital. A special silent auction to benefit the Old Louisville Information Center in Central Park will feature gingerbread houses created by the baking students from The Bakery at Sullivan University. Victorian Tea tickets are available in advance and may also be purchased during the tour at the Conrad Caldwell House Museum or at the Inn at the Park.

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