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Holiday tradition celebrates residents while making season even more beautiful

By: Country Meadows |

What began as a simple art contest has become an annual tradition at Country Meadows Retirement Communities and its non-profit sister, Ecumenical Retirement Community.

Every year residents are invited to enter winter- or holiday-themed artwork into a Holiday Card Art Contest. The winner’s entry is used as the basis for the organizations’ holiday card which is mailed to residents, family members, co-workers and friends.

Willie Scott shows off her Holiday Card Art Contest winning piece-a counted cross-stitch.

This year’s contest marked the seventh year for the tradition and nearly 250 entries were received. Ultimately a counted cross-stitch by Country Meadows of Frederick resident Willie Scott was selected as the winner. The piece features a snowy small town centered around a country store.

Scott jokingly refers to herself as a “cross-stitch addict,” and has numerous beautiful pieces donning the walls of her apartment. “I started counted cross-stitch years ago,” she says. “I love it and have kept on doing it throughout my life.”

In addition to the overall winning piece, one entry was selected from each one of the organization’s 12 campuses to serve as finalist entries. (Scroll down to see the winning entry as well as 12 finalist entries.)

President & CEO Michael Leader, along with his sister, Jane Leader-Janeczek, were tasked with judging the entries to select the winner and finalists. This was no easy feat. “Really, any one of the entries would make a beautiful holiday card,” notes Leader.

Scott moved to Country Meadows nearly two years ago and recommends it to her friends. “I love it! I’ve made a lot of friends—you’re not alone unless you want to be,” she says. “I go on trips, I’m in the choir, I take art lessons…I really like it here!”



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