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Posted on: December 19, 2023

Civic Club Selects Best Decorated Holiday Yards

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Everywhere you look in the city of Shenandoah, you see signs of the holiday season.  From wreaths, yard decorations and Santa and snowmen blowups to colored lights on the houses and yards, you see the holiday spirit. You see whimsical decorations like Snoopy on his doghouse; you see religious-themed managers; you see angels from the City angels to those in resident yards.  You see beauty at every turn you make.

The Civic Club selects a December Yard of the Month as the last monthly selection of the year. But during December, the Committee also names two best holiday-decorated homes to honor as well.  This is a hard decision, not made until close to Christmas, to allow all families the opportunity to put their design into place. It is not an easy decision as the community brings its "A gane" each year. The Committee spends hours driving the community looking at homes in the daylight as well as at night to make a selection of two. 

This year's selection of two homes has been completed, our last honors for 2023. 

The home of Michael and Claudia Caldwell, 104 S. Silverwood Ranch Dr., is a constant change of colors, effortlessly sliding from one to the next. The colors add a beautiful background to their simple message of "Joy"  with a manger scene and beautiful angel. The owner told the committee that when looking for a lot on which to build over 12 years ago, they saw the angel banners and knew she wanted to live in Shenandoah.

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The home of John Kirwan and  Sharon Williams, 19 S. Crescendo Path,  features beautiful lighting on their front yard trees against the background of their light-outlined home.  The solid red lights are quite eye-catching  The family previously lived in Shenandoah and moved away.  It did not take long for them to return. a story we have heard many times when talking to residents. 

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The Civic Club meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Executive Conference Room at the municipal complex.  Volunteers do not have to attend meetings to participate in event preparation or the event itself. Some activities require extensive pre-event preparation while others may require only a few hours. Most of the city's events are two hours in duration. We invite you to start the new year, our 50th anniversary as a city,  by joining other volunteers in the community.  May you and your family have awonderful and safe holiday season!

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