Winter wonderland display benefits Foodshare

By Judy Henderson - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Wed., Nov. 23, 2011
No two trees in the display are alike. Photos by Judy Henderson.
No two trees in the display are alike. Photos by Judy Henderson.

It’s likely that nothing ever fully prepares first-time visitors for the decorative display George Saponare creates throughout his Windsor home every Christmas season. Even his front door, though elegant with its lush evergreen wreath, does not hint at the wonderland within.

“This is just something I enjoy doing,” said Saponare, who begins decorating a week before Halloween and does stop until just before Thanksgiving. But that’s an understatement, for while every room reveals several Christmas trees, as well as a substantial population of Santas, bears, elves, angels, carolers, faeries and reindeer - all of which one might expect - even his laundry room and bathrooms are decorated.

Most of the trees have a theme, such as the teddy bear tree, the snowman tree, the tree filled with Annalee elves, another filled with Mark Roberts Christmas faeries, and one tree Saponare has entitled his “Winter Wonderland Tree” because it shimmers in silver and white decorations even when the lights aren’t turned on.

According to Saponare, children take particular delight in his mechanized decorations, which include music boxes with dancers, sleighs and carousel horses, a table full of miniature carnival rides, and a snowy village with twin cable cars climbing up and down the mountains. “But this is their favorite,” said Saponare. Then he flipped the switch to a tiny theater, which, when its curtains opened, revealed not one but three scenes from “The Nutcracker Suite,” complete with dancers and music.

“I’m not sure how many people will actually stop by for a tour,” said Saponare, but his attitude is “the more the merrier” - and for good reason. “I used to do it just for the neighbors,” he explained, “but then I decided to do it as a benefit for Foodshare.” As a result, Saponare’s Windsor wonderland, located at 234 Kenswick Lane, will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4, and again on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 1 to 5 p.m. The price of admission is either a monetary donation or a non-perishable food item - all of which will be delivered to Foodshare before Christmas.

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