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Cos Cob Woman Places 4th In Aquarium's Contest With Crocheted Lighthouses

Margaret Phillips takes home $300 for her entry, “Lighthouse Island,” that finished fourth in "Festival of Lighthouses Contest" at The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk.
Margaret Phillips takes home $300 for her entry, “Lighthouse Island,” that finished fourth in "Festival of Lighthouses Contest" at The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk. Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. -- A Cos Cob woman's entry of crocheted lighthouses was the fourth-place winner in the "Festival of Lighthouses Contest" at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

Margaret Phillips took home $300 for her entry, “Lighthouse Island,” which captures a scene that rises from the ocean floor up to an island with five lighthouses. It’s unique because everything in it is crocheted: the octopus, flounder and sea stars on the sea floor; the colorful variety of fish hanging in the mid-water level; and the water, sandy island, trees and lighthouses on top.

The 13th annual holiday display ran from Nov. 22 through Jan. 19, and featured 24 large model lighthouses built by local artists, students and hobbyists. The contest’s winners were chosen by aquarium visitors. More than 12,200 votes were tallied in this most recent display, which – as always – attracted a collection of widely creative works.

At a Jan. 22 ceremony at The Maritime Aquarium, prizes also were awarded to:

  • First place ($1,500) –  “Black Rock,” a lighthouse made of intricately cut stone, by Pedro Davila, a mason from White Plains, N.Y.
  • Second place ($750) –  “Imagine Dragons” by woodworker David Bishop of Stamford.
  • Third place  ($375)  –  “Frozen,” featuring characters from the Disney movie, by Amye Huizinga of Danbury.
  • Fifth place ($225) – “Seaside Bakery,” a dollhouse lighthouse, by Jo Stecker of Norwalk.
  • Sixth place ($150) – “Gingerbread – Man – Kind,” a lighthouse made of gingerbread, frosting and candies, by Donna Kern Ball of Newtown.

“Once again, we were able to offer aquarium visitors a very fun and creative holiday display, all thanks to the thought and effort that our contestants put into their lighthouses,” said Chris Loynd, the aquarium's marketing director. “For that, we are very honored and grateful.”

Photos of all the winners can be seen at www.flickr.com/photos/Maritimeaquarium.

Entry forms for the 2015 “Festival of Lighthouses Contest” will be available on the aquarium’s website this summer.

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