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Winner Announcement: 2019 Sixth Annual Holiday Decorating Contest

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Zionsville Village Residents’ Association

2019 Sixth Annual Holiday Decorating Contest

 

 


Six years ago, The Zionsville Residents Association (ZVRA.com) started inviting Zionsville residents and businesses to show off their holiday decorating knowhow by entering this friendly competition that highlights Zionsville’s great Christmas spirit. Everyone enjoys a little competition and what better way than to show off your home or business all decked out for the holidays.


The ZVRA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Sixth Annual Holiday Decorating Contest!  The team of judges (Kathy Scales Brown, Erin & Miles Effner, Debbie & Mia Forbeck, Pam Hillman, Julia Leonard, Todd Rech, and Sally Zelonis) were “wowed” seeing everyone’s creative efforts in making Zionsville sparkle this holiday season. Decision making was made difficult with so many creative entries. We were also excited to see a record number of applications that included six residential applicants and twelve businesses. We would love to see even more in 2020! Here are the winners! Ribbons will be distributed and bragging rights are all theirs! Please take some time this holiday season to visit the winners and thank them for their participation.



GRAND PRIZE WINNER BUSINESS  Sundance Salon Spa, Sally Marchand-Collins, 47 S Elm Street

Business Winners

  •   First Place: Cheveux Salon and Spa, Andrea Fortney, 10 N. Main St.
  •   Second Place:  Blooms by Dragonfly, Wendi Louks, 176 S. Main St.
  •   Third Place:  Art IN Hand Gallery, Diane Couch, 211 S. Main St.


GRAND PRIZE WINNER RESIDENTIAL    Sergio & Melanie Negrin, 115 S. Lexington Ct.

Residential Winners:

  •    First Place: Susan Danner, 150 W. Walnut St.
  •    Second Place:  Eric & Kathleen Siegmann, 495 W. Ash St.
  •    Third Place:  Martha Osterhaus, 140 N. Main St.

12-02-2019

posted Dec 2, 2019, 5:20 PM by phillip martini

Upcoming Events:
  • Monday, December 2:  Through the Lens: Lloyd Riley exhibit at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center.  Exhibit runs through February 22, 2020.
  • Monday, December 2:  The Art of Dr. Seuss exhibit at CV Art and Frame (110 South Main Street).  Exhibit runs through December 8.
  • Monday, December 2:  Zionsville Town Council meeting at 7:00pm at Town Hall.  
  • Tuesday, December 3:  Last day to submit entries for the VRA Holiday House Decorating Contest.  
  • Friday, December 6:  "Art After Five" from 5:00-8:00pm at Art IN Hand.  Art IN Hand will be featuring art work created by Zionsville Community High School the month of December.  
    • Stop by for light refreshments and enjoy all of the artwork.  It's a great time to do some Christmas shopping and pick up some new handmade ornaments.
  • Saturday, December 7:  Christmas at the Farm at 9:00am, 11:00am, and 1:00pm at Trader's Point Creamery.  Join Santa at their festive party in the Red Barn! 
    •  Visit Santa in the big Red Barn and give him your Christmas list.  Sing along with live holiday music and make holiday crafts.  Take in the beauty of the farm on a sleigh-hayride.  Treat yourself to organic eggnog, hot chocolate, and a festive menu at the Jingle Bell Cafe in the barn.  $20/person (+ processing fees).  Children under 1 are free.  Tickets required for all attendees (except children under 1) & are available only by online advance purchase.  
  • Tickets and more information at http://traderspointcreamery.com/events/christmas-on-the-farm/
  • Saturday, December 7:  Carol of Homes from 10:00am-4:00pm at various locations.  The Holiday Home Tour will feature 6 decorated homes in Zionsville.  The homes will also have our very own talented Zionsville Show Choir students performing their favorite Holiday songs.  All proceeds benefit the Zionsville Show Choirs as they prepare for competition season.  
  • Saturday, December 7:  Victorian Holidays at the SullivanMunce from 10:00am-3:00pm.  SullivanMunce Guild bake sale - proceeds benefit programming at SullivanMunce.  Craft activities for youth.  Chili bowl sale - proceeds go toward the purchase of a much needed Pugmill for recycling clay waste into reusable clay in the ceramics studio.  Santa mailbox open through December 20.
  • Saturday, December 7:  Christmas in the Village from 11:00am-3:00pm.  Santa in residence at the Santa House at the corner of Main and Cedar Street.  Horse-drawn rides throughout the Village.  Board the wagon at Robert Goodman Jewelers (106 N. Main Street).  Enjoy live music, beloved characters and Victorian carolers strolling the streets.
  • Saturday, December 7:  "The Immanuel Quilt" book signing event with author, Lauri Wolf from 12:00-2:00pm at Black Dog Books.
  • Saturday, December 7:  Nature Ornaments from 12:00-4:00pm at Zion Nature Center.  Visit the Zion Nature Center to make some nature-inspired ornaments.  
    • Perfect for gifts, or to decorate your tree and start a family tradition.  Drop in anytime between 12:00-4:00.  You may make one of each ornament offered.  Fee:  $2/person.
  • Saturday, December 7:  VRA Progressive Dinner at 6:00pm at a series of 3 surprise locations
  • Sunday, December 8:  Christmas at the Farm at 9:00am, 11:00am, and 1:00pm at Trader's Point Creamery.  Join Santa at their festive party in the Red Barn!  Visit Santa in the big Red Barn and give him your Christmas list.  Sing along with live holiday music and make holiday crafts.  Take in the beauty of the farm on a sleigh-hayride.  Treat yourself to organic eggnog, hot chocolate, and a festive menu at the Jingle Bell Cafe in the barn.  $20/person (+ processing fees).  Children under 1 are free.  
  • Sunday, December 8:  Christmas in the Village from 11:00am-3:00pm.  Santa in residence at the Santa House at the corner of Main and Cedar Street.  
    • Horse-drawn rides throughout the Village.  Board the wagon at Robert Goodman Jewelers (106 N. Main Street).  
  • Sunday, December 8:  Nature Ornaments from 12:00-4:00pm at Zion Nature Center.  Visit the Zion Nature Center to make some nature-inspired ornaments.  
    • Perfect for gifts, or to decorate your tree and start a family tradition.  Drop in anytime between 12:00-4:00.  You may make one of each ornament offered.  Fee:  $2/person.
  • Sunday, December 8:  Nature Ornaments from 12:00-4:00pm at Zion Nature Center.  Visit the Zion Nature Center to make some nature-inspired ornaments.  
    • Perfect for gifts, or to decorate your tree and start a family tradition.  Drop in anytime between 12:00-4:00.  You may make one of each ornament offered.  Fee:  $2/person.

Zionsville Board and Commission Positions:

Village/Zionsville/Villagers in the News:

November 25 2019

posted Nov 25, 2019, 4:50 PM by phillip martini

* A lot of upcoming events!!!

Upcoming Events:

Monday, November 25:  Through the Lens: Lloyd Riley exhibit at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center.  Exhibit runs through February 22, 2020.
Monday, November 25:  The Art of Dr. Seuss exhibit at CV Art and Frame (110 South Main Street).  Exhibit runs through December 8.
Monday, November 25:  Zionsville Redevelopment Commission meeting at 6:30pm at Town Hall.  This meeting has been cancelled.
Tuesday, November 26:  Zionsville Architectural Review Committee meeting at 7:30am at Town Hall (RL Turner Conference Room - 205).
Tuesday, November 26:  Special Meeting of the Zionsville Board of Zoning Appeals at 6:30pm at Town Hall. 
Wednesday, November 27 - Friday, November 29:  Thanksgiving Break for Zionsville Community Schools.
Thursday, November 28:  Happy Thanksgiving!
Thursday, November 28:  Z Gravy Chase at 8:30am on Main Street (Rosie's Place at 10 S. Main Street). 
 Third annual Z Gravy Chase!  The Z Gravy Chase offers both a 2 Mile Run/Walk and a 4.4 Mile Run/Walk.  100% of the proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Zionsville.  Registration and more information at https://racemaker.org/event/z-gravy-chase-2/
Saturday, November 30:  Drop-In Discovery from 10:00am-12:00pm at Zion Nature Center. 
 Family in town for the holiday weekend, and looking for something to do?  Need a break from all the holiday sales and shopping?  Stop in to the Zion Nature Center for a chance to relax, explore and discover.  There will be opportunities to meet some of the nature center animals, a holiday craft and refreshments.
Saturday, November 30:  The History of Christmas - Heather Lefebvre and Laura Winslow book signing event from 1:00-3:00pm at Black Dog Books (115 S. Main Street).
  The book covers 2000 years of the history of Christmas through Faith, Fable and Festivity.  The book is highly interactive being full of recipes, readings, discussion questions and activities for celebrating Christmas.  More information at https://blackdogbooksin.com/event/
Saturday, November 30:  Fun with the Grinch from 1:00-3:00pm at Akard True Value Hardware in the Boone Village Shopping Center.  Selfies with the Grinch for a donation to Chicken Nugget and Gang.  Come at 1:00pm to hear a special reading of the Grinch.
Saturday, November 30:  Amy Lacy's reading of Where is Christmas? at 4:00pm at Black Dog Books (115 S. Main Street). 
 Local author Amy Lacy will read her story Where is Christmas, which tells the story of how Christmas begins in Zionsville.  Her book is also a coloring book.  More information at https://blackdogbooksin.com/event/
Saturday, November 30:  Hot chocolate and cookies from 3:00-5:00pm at Carpenter Realtors (5 N. Main Street).  Join them for hot chocolate and cookies before the Christmas in the Village parade.
Saturday, November 30:  Christmas in the Village Parade & Tree Lighting from 4:00-7:00pm at Main Street. 
 This family friendly parade begins at 5:00pm featuring the Zionsville Marching Band, reindeer, and Santa.  This years parade theme is Jingle Bells!  Parade begins at Eagle Elementary and ends at Old National Bank at approximately 5:30pm.  Santa will then light the tree for the Christmas season on the corner of Pine and Main Streets.  Stay on Main Street for horse-drawn wagon rides, live entertainers on stage, S'mores, photos with Santa.  Get your Christmas shopping started on the right foot by visiting our wonderful Zionsville merchants.  More information at https://www.zionsvillechamber.org/christmas-in-the-village.html
Sunday, December 1:  Winter Reading Program starts at Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library.  Program is open to all ages.  It runs through January 31, 2020. 
Sunday, December 1:  Christmas in the Village from 11:00am-3:00pm.  Santa in residence at the Santa House at the corner of Main and Cedar Street. 
 Horse-drawn rides throughout the Village.  Board the wagon at Robert Goodman Jewelers (106 N. Main Street).
Sunday, December 1:  Christmas Open House from 1:00-5:00pm at Maplelawn Farmstead (9575 Whitestown Road). 
 Entertainment at 1:30pm and at 3:00pm by the Zionsville Lions Carolers.  Bring your camera for a Christmas card picture taken with their 1947 Dodge truck.  Holiday refreshments will be served.  Enjoy an old fashioned holiday on a Depression Era Farmstead.  More information at https://zionsvilleincoc.wliinc32.com/events/ChristmasOpen%20House%20at%20Maplelawn%20Farmstead-1114/details


Zionsville Board and Commission Positions:
If you are interested in a board or commission position with the Town send a message to committees@zvra.com or president@zvra.com and we will provide you with contact information.

Village/Zionsville/Villagers in the News:

Upcoming VRA Events:

·              Progressive Dinner:  This year's Progressive Dinner will be held on Saturday, December 7.

·              Holiday House Decorating Contest:  If you love to decorate for the holidays, this is the event for you!  The contest is open to all residences and businesses in the Village.  Flyers have been distributed to each house and business.  It can also be found on our VRA website:  http://www.zvra.com/announcements/2019sixthannualzvraholidaydecoratingcontest The entry application is attached to it.  Also included on the flyer are the judging criteria and instructions on how to submit your application.  The committee will only judge houses and businesses that have submitted an application.  Seven awards will be given out, which are described in more detail on the flyer.  Entries must be received no later than December 3rd and will be judged on December 4th.  Winners will be announced on December 6th.

Winners: 2019 Sixth Annual ZVRA Holiday Decorating Contest

posted Nov 12, 2019, 4:29 PM by phillip martini   [ updated ]


Zionsville Village Residents’ Association

2019 Sixth Annual Holiday Decorating Contest

 

 


Six years ago, The Zionsville Residents Association (ZVRA.com) started inviting Zionsville residents and businesses to show off their holiday decorating knowhow by entering this friendly competition that highlights Zionsville’s great Christmas spirit. Everyone enjoys a little competition and what better way than to show off your home or business all decked out for the holidays.


The ZVRA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Sixth Annual Holiday Decorating Contest!  The team of judges (Kathy Scales Brown, Erin & Miles Effner, Debbie & Mia Forbeck, Pam Hillman, Julia Leonard, Todd Rech, and Sally Zelonis) were “wowed” seeing everyone’s creative efforts in making Zionsville sparkle this holiday season. Decision making was made difficult with so many creative entries. We were also excited to see a record number of applications that included six residential applicants and twelve businesses. We would love to see even more in 2020! Here are the winners! Ribbons will be distributed and bragging rights are all theirs! Please take some time this holiday season to visit the winners and thank them for their participation.



GRAND PRIZE WINNER BUSINESS  Sundance Salon Spa, Sally Marchand-Collins, 47 S Elm Street

Business Winners

  First Place: Cheveux Salon and Spa, Andrea Fortney, 10 N. Main St.

  Second Place:  Blooms by Dragonfly, Wendi Louks, 176 S. Main St.

  Third Place:  Art IN Hand Gallery, Diane Couch, 211 S. Main St.


GRAND PRIZE WINNER RESIDENTIAL    Sergio & Melanie Negrin, 115 S. Lexington Ct.

Residential Winners:

   First Place: Susan Danner, 150 W. Walnut St.

   Second Place:  Eric & Kathleen Siegmann, 495 W. Ash St.

   Third Place:  Martha Osterhaus, 140 N. Main St.



Reminder: ZVRA Meeting October 29 @ 7:30PM - Presentation by Zionsville Historic Preservation Committee

posted Oct 27, 2019, 1:11 PM by phillip martini

Reminder that our October meeting featuring a presentation by the Zionsville Historic Preservation Committee is on this Tuesday at 7:30pm at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center.  

For those of you with VRA meeting yard signs, please feel free to put them out.

The presentation will address the goal of creating a Village Conservation District which will focus on tear downs and new construction, as well as find ways to reconnect with our unique Historic Heritage.  If you are concerned with large houses being built on small lots and maintaining the charm of the Village this is a meeting that you will want to attend.  If you live in the Village you are a stakeholder in this effort and this is your chance to learn about what a Conservation District is and the plan for gaining approval for its acceptance.

VRA membership is at an all time high but we still don't reach everyone in the Village.  If you have neighbors who don't receive our e-mails but have a strong interest in this topic, please be sure to mention the meeting to them.

Also, if needed, we can also use a portion of this meeting as our annual VRA meeting.  We do not have any Board members planning to step down but if you would like to run for a Board position, please e-mail me and we will set up elections.

We will also be collecting dues at the meeting, if you haven't paid yet for the year.  It is $20 for a family and $15 for an individual.

Reminder: ZVRA Meeting October 29 @ 7:30PM - Presentation by Zionsville Historic Preservation Committee

posted Oct 21, 2019, 11:11 AM by phillip martini

Upcoming VRA Events:
Tuesday, October 29:  Presentation by the Zionsville Historic Preservation Committee regarding the goal of creating a Village Conservation District which will focus on tear downs and new construction, as well as find ways to reconnect with our unique Historic Heritage.  If you are concerned about large houses being built on small lots and maintaining the charm of the Village this is a meeting you will want to attend.  If you live in the Village you are a stake holder in this effort and this is your chance to learn about what a Conservation District is and the plan for gaining approval for its acceptance.  This meeting is at 7:30pm at SullivanMunce Cultural Center

Upcoming Events:
Tuesday, October 22:  Zionsville Architectural Review Committee meeting at 7:30am at Town Hall (RL Turner Conference Room - 205).  No agenda posted but there is a public notice of the meeting, noting that a quorum of the Town Council may be in attendance:  https://www.zionsville-in.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_10222019-1025
Tuesday, October 22:  Zionsville Chamber of Commerce Mayoral & Town Council Candidate Town Hall from 6:30-8:30pm at Town Hall (St. Vincent Community Room - 207).  The event will be moderated by IBJ's Samm Quinn.  Doors open at 6:00pm.  Questions can be submitted via the Slido app or website.  The event code is Zville2019.  You can also "like" a question to move it up the question list.  The more "likes" a question has, the better the chance that it will be presented to the candidates.  More info at https://twitter.com/zvillechamber?lang=en  and  https://zionsvilleincoc.wliinc32.com/events/CandidateTown%20Hall%20Forum-1086/details
Saturday, October 26:  Mike Super 2.Oh! at 7:30pm at STAR Bank Performing Arts Center at ZCHS.  All new show of magic and illusion.  America's Got Talent finalist and winner of NBC's Phenomenon, Mike Super takes magic to levels that literally touch the audience.  
Sunday, October 27:  Pumpkins & Hayrides from 2:00-5:00pm at Lions Park.  Enjoy pumpkin painting, hayrides, bounce houses, games, food, a kid's costume contest and more. 

Reminder: ZVRA Meeting October 29 @ 7:30PM - Presentation by Zionsville Historic Preservation Committee

posted Oct 15, 2019, 4:56 PM by phillip martini

Upcoming VRA Events:
Tuesday, October 29:  Presentation by the Zionsville Historic Preservation Committee regarding the goal of creating a Village Conservation District which will focus on tear downs and new construction, as well as find ways to reconnect with our unique Historic Heritage.  If you are concerned about large houses being built on small lots and maintaining the charm of the Village, this is a meeting you will want to attend.  We will also use part of this meeting as our annual meeting, if need be.  We do not have any Board members stepping down, but if you would like to run for office, please e-mail president@zvra.com and we will set up elections.  7:30pm at SullivanMunce Cultural Center.

VRA Volunteer Opportunities:
We are looking for volunteers for the following events!  Please e-mail president@zvra.com if you are interested.
  • Judges for the holiday house decorating contest
  • Volunteers to distribute flyers for the holiday house decorating contest

Upcoming Z'Ville Events:
Friday, October 18:  Zion Nature Center OPEN from 10:00am-5:00pm
Friday, October 18:  Creature Feature: Snakes from 1:00-3:00pm at Zion Nature Center.  Stop in for a chance to meet their corn snake and hognose snake up close.  Enjoy a snake themed craft and refreshments.
Saturday, October 19:  Zionsville Cars & Coffee from 7:30-10:30am at Lions Park Parking Lot.  Zionsville Lions Club will host Indianapolis Cars & Coffee.  They welcome all makes and models, regardless of age.  Kids are welcome!  Free admission and coffee is provided.
Saturday, October 19:  Calligraphy Jam with the Calligraphy Guild of Indiana from 10:00am-12:00pm at Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library.  Meet with calligraphers of all skill levels at the Zionsville library.  No formal instructions, bring your questions and any supplies you may have.  The focus this year is the Italic hand.  Recommended ages:  12 and up.  Free to attend.
Saturday, October 19:  Tails on the Trails Group Dog Walk at 10:00am at Heritage Trails Park (4050 South 875 East).
Saturday, October 19:  Nicholas Meyer book signing event from 12:00-2:00pm at Black Dog Books.  Nicholas Meyer (author and director) will be signing copies of his new Sherlock Holmes book, The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols.  After the success of his international bestseller The Seven Percent Solution, Meyer returns with a shocking discovery - an unknown case drawn from a recently unearthed Watson journal.  More info at https://zionsvilleincoc.wliinc32.com/events/BlackDog%20Books%20%20%20NICHOLAS%20MEYER%20BOOK%20SIGNING%20EVENT%20-1043/details
 
Village/Zionsville/Villagers in the News:

ZVRA Meeting October 29 @ 7:30PM - Presentation by Zionsville Historic Preservation Committee

posted Oct 6, 2019, 5:08 PM by phillip martini

Village/Zionsville/Villagers in the News:
Upcoming Events:
Monday, October 7:  Flava! Fresh Exhibit at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center.  Exhibit continues through October 26.
Monday, October 7:  ZCS School Board meeting at 6:00pm in the Educational Services Center Boardroom.  This meeting is the annual budget hearing.
Monday, October 7:  Zionsville Town Council meeting at 7:30pm at Town Hall. 
Tuesday, October 8:  Meet with Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks' District Office Staff from 1:00-4:00pm at Town Hall.  US Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks invites community members to meet with her District Office Staff on the second Tuesday of every month.
Tuesday, October 8:  Zionsville Board of Zoning Appeals meeting at 6:30pm at Town Hall.  (Of note:  Variance request for side/aggregate yard setbacks and lot coverage for 240 N. Main St.) 
Wednesday, October 9:  Zionsville Parks and Recreation meeting at 7:00pm at Town Hall.
Saturday, October 12:  Tails on the Trails Group Dog Walk at 10:00am at Starkey Nature Park (667 Sugarbush Drive).
 
Upcoming VRA Events:
Tuesday, October 29:  Presentation by the Zionsville Historic Preservation Committee regarding the goal of creating a Village Conservation District which will focus on tear downs and new construction, as well as find ways to reconnect with our unique Historic Heritage.  If you are concerned about large houses being built on small lots and maintaining the charm of the Village, this is a meeting you will want to attend.  We will also use part of this meeting as our annual meeting, if need be.  We do not have any Board members stepping down, but if you would like to run for office, please e-mail president@zvra.com and we will set up elections.  7:30pm at SullivanMunce Cultural Center.

VRA Volunteer Opportunities:
We are looking for volunteers for the following events!  Please e-mail president@zvra.com if you are interested.
  • Coordinator(s) for the Progressive Dinner in early December.  Our current coordinator has been in the position for 8 years and would like to pass the position on to someone new (or perhaps a committee).  She would be happy to give guidance and/or train a new volunteer this year.
  • Judges for the holiday house decorating contest
  • Volunteers to distribute flyers for the holiday house decorating contest

ZVRA Meeting September 24 @ 7:30PM - Town Council candidate town hall

posted Sep 22, 2019, 1:43 PM by phillip martini

The VRA Town Council candidate town hall is on this Tuesday, September 24 at 7:30pm at SullivanMunce. 

This will be another great opportunity to learn more about the candidates we will be voting for in November.  All of the District 4, District 5 and At Large candidates were invited.  The District 4 candidates are Joe Culp and Andrea Simmons.  The At Large candidates are Bret Brewer, Brad Burk, Alex Choi, Michael Kaminski, and Kristine Towns.  Josh Garrett, who represents District 5, had planned to attend but recently found out he has to travel that day.

If you would like to submit questions for the candidates before the meeting, please send them to me at president@zvra.com.  You may also submit questions at the meeting by writing them on an index card to be given to the moderator.  

We will also be collecting dues at the meeting, if you haven't paid yet for the year.  It is $20 for a family and $15 for an individual.

See you on Tuesday!

ZVRA Annual Picnic September 21 @ 6PM

posted Sep 8, 2019, 6:46 AM by phillip martini

The annual picnic will be on September 21, 6:00PM at the residential section of Main Street.

Please consider bringing a dish or a dessert to share.  Hot dogs, Burgers, and vegetarian options will be provided. 

Invitations were also extended to the Zionsville Fire Department, Zionsville Police Department, the two mayoral candidates (Tim Haak & Emily Styron), and the District 4, District 5, and At Large Town Council candidates this year.  This will be a great opportunity to thank the ZPD and ZFD for serving our community, as well as a chance to meet the candidates that will be our future elected officials. 

I also want to highlight that we are looking for volunteers to help set up at the beginning and clean up at the end.  Please e-mail: president@zvra.com if you are interested.

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