Alexandria The Old Town Walled Garden Club has named the winners of the 50th annual Alexandria Holiday Door Decorating Contest. This long-standing tradition is one of the highlights of the holiday season in the Old and Historic District, supported by local businesses who donate prizes to the winners. This year prizes were donated by Restaurants Brabo, Hunting Creek, Bastille, and Hummingbird.
This year in first place was the home at 205 N. Columbus St. The homeowner, who made its double wreaths brightly adorned with fruits and seasonal greens, will feast on Brabo’s Chef’s Five Course tasting menu. In second place, winning a three course dinner for two at Hunting Creek, was the home at 410 Prince St., another double door design with rustic swags featuring fruits, pinecones and berries. In third place was the home at 418 S. Fairfax St. This design added a rope tassel with pinecones and pine branches to a rich magnolia wreath decorated with citrus slices. For their creativity, the homeowner is awarded a bistro dinner for two at Bastille or The Bar at Bastille. Two wreaths earning honorable mention will receive gift cards for use at Hummingbird Bar and Kitchen: an interpretation of a traditional Williamsburg fruit board at 800 S. Royal St. and creative use of sage leaves in a traditional evergreen wreath at 404 S. Lee St.
In addition to the tradition of the Holiday Door decorating contest that brings the community together, the Old Town Walled Garden Club has started another tradition of assisting the community. This year the club supported the local chapter of Rebuilding Together Alexandria with a $500 donation. Their vision is having a vibrant Alexandria where people of all income groups and cultures live in safe and healthy homes. In addition to the donation, club members will also provide gardening services in the spring.