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Mamaroneck Woman Competes In Norwalk's 13th Annual Festival Of Lighthouses

Mamaroneck's Theresa Jahn is hoping to take home first prize in the "Festival of Lighthouses" with her entry, "The Owl and the Pussycat."
Mamaroneck's Theresa Jahn is hoping to take home first prize in the "Festival of Lighthouses" with her entry, "The Owl and the Pussycat." Photo Credit: Contributed

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- A Mamaroneck woman and her cheery lighthouse are vying for the $1,500 grand prize in The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s 13th "Festival of Lighthouses Contest,” opening Saturday, Nov. 22.

Theresa Jahn’s “The Owl and the Pussycat” is among the 24 creative handmade entries in the holiday display, which will be open daily through Jan. 19 at the aquarium.

Jahn's entry is a six-sided cedar-shingled lighthouse draped with a string of red yarn and set on a grassy hill that slopes to the sea. In the blue waves bobs a boat with a white sail, manned by the creatures that give the piece its name: an owl and a pussycat.

“Each year we are amazed by the time and effort that our contestants put into their lighthouses,” Judith Bacal, the aquarium’s exhibits director said in a statement. “The bar gets raised every year on design and craftsmanship. In turn, having all these smart and creative pieces of art on display only makes the experience of visiting The Maritime Aquarium during the holiday season even more engaging, enjoyable and memorable.”

The lighthouse contest works like a juried art show except that the thousands of Maritime Aquarium visitors are the jury. Visitors can follow the homemade beacons through the galleries and cast a vote for their favorite.

The 2014 “Festival of Lighthouses Contest” is free with Maritime Aquarium general admission, which is $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for youths (13-17) and seniors (65+), and $12.95 for children ages 3-12.

The aquarium is located at 10 N. Water St. in South Norwalk. For more information visit www.maritimeaquarium.org .

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