2013-12-19 / Around Town

Award-Winning Doorways

By Pat Blakeley


J.H. Breakell & Co., 132 Spring St., was selected as this year's Grand Prize winner. They have participated in the contest for seven years and have won the top award twice. J.H. Breakell & Co., 132 Spring St., was selected as this year's Grand Prize winner. They have participated in the contest for seven years and have won the top award twice. If anyone needs a reminder that it’s Christmas in Newport, look no further than the beautifully-decorated windows and doorways all over town. The stunning displays of greenery and Christmas spirit showcase the city’s distinctive architecture and elements in designs only seen at this time of year. The annual doorway decorating contest drew over 40 entries – a record according to committee chair Katie Ahearne – and competition was keen at all levels.

Grand Prize went to J.H. Breakell and Co., 132 Spring St., with eyepopping candy cane ribbons interspersed with greenery on the door, windows and boxes.

The first place winner in the residential category was 25 Willow St., owned by Mary and Chuck Berlinghof. Second prize was awarded to 41 Williams St. (Patsy Robertson) and 50 Second St. (Jennifer Zuerner) claimed third prize. Honorable mention went to 42 Thames St. (Linda McGoldrick).


Rib & Rhein, 86 Williams St., took second place in the Commercial category. (Photos by Jack Kelly) Rib & Rhein, 86 Williams St., took second place in the Commercial category. (Photos by Jack Kelly) Competition is always tight in the restaurant category, with the same few favorites ending up in top spots. The Clarke Cook House, on Bannister’s Wharf, was awarded a blue ribbon again this year, with its signature greenery and innovative incorporation of fresh fruit, putting it just past the second place winner, The Mooring, on Sayers Wharf. Third place went to Tallulah’s at 464 Thames St.

The first place prize in the commercial category went to Libby Kirwin Real Estate, 418 Spring St. Rib & Rhein, 86 Williams St., took second.

A stunning use of greenery by the Francis Malbone House, 392 Thames St., nabbed the blue ribbon in the B&B category.


50 Second St. (Photos by Jack Kelly) 50 Second St. (Photos by Jack Kelly) Every year the quality is better and the competition is tougher, says Ahearne. The four judges were particularly pleased by the wide variety in the decorations, especially in the residential category. Many first-time entries were impressive, including the historic homes decorated by military spouses at Fort Adams. Also of particular note, they said, was an energetic display with multigenerational appeal created by Nancy Oliveira and her three granddaughters at 38 Holton Ave.

All doorways will be on display through December.



Francis Malbone House at 392 Thames St. Francis Malbone House at 392 Thames St.

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