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Danbury Woman Wins Third For 'Frozen' Lighthouse Aquarium Contest

Amye Huizinga.
Amye Huizinga. Photo Credit: Contributed

DANBURY, Conn. – Amye Huizinga, a Danbury resident, earned the third-place winning spot for her “Frozen”-themed lighthouse in the “Festival of Lighthouses Contest” at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

Huizinga takes home a $375 award for the lighthouse, a glittery snowy cliff leading up to a reflective ice-palace beacon.

Characters from the movie “Frozen” are placed throughout the setting – Olaf, Kristoff and Sven at the bottom and Anna making the climb up to Elsa at the peak.

The 13th-annual holiday display ran from Saturday, Nov. 22, to Monday, Jan. 19, and featured 24 large model lighthouses built by local artists, students and hobbyists.

At a recent ceremony at The Maritime Aquarium, prizes also were awarded to:

  • First place ($1,500) – “Black Rock,” a lighthouse made of intricately cut stone, by Pedro Davila, a mason from White Plains.
  • Second place ($750) – “Imagine Dragons” by woodworker David Bishop of Stamford.
  • Fourth place ($300) – “Lighthouse Island,” a crocheted lighthouse, by Margaret Phillips of Cos Cob.
  • Fifth place ($225) – “Seaside Bakery,” a dollhouse lighthouse, by Jo Stecker of Norwalk.
  • Sixth place ($150) – “Gingerbread – Man – Kind,” a lighthouse made of gingerbread, frosting and candies, by Donna Kern Ball of Newtown.

The contest’s winners are chosen by aquarium visitors, who enjoy the lighthouses in the aquarium galleries and then vote for their favorite. More than 12,000 votes were tallied in this most recent display, which – as always – attracted a collection of widely creative works.

Photos of all the winners can be seen at .

Entry forms for the 2015 “Festival of Lighthouses Contest” will be available on the Aquarium’s website this summer. For more information about The Maritime Aquarium’s exhibits, IMAX movies, programs or other offerings, visit or call 203-852-0700.

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