Although we have all tried to return to normal, the "Spirit of America" is still
strongly felt and proudly represented by our Winners and Honorable Mentions. The
variety and artistry exhibited this year made the judging even more difficult than
usual. Fortunately, some entries leapt to the top. We hope you'll agree with the
hard choices we made!
This year's project was the The Primrose
Grand Prize: $1,000 HBS Gift
Dandy Doodles and the Star-Spangled Theatre
William Cullen Smith, Pittsburgh, PA
William wrote that Dandy Doodles
is "a quaint gift shop filled with everything Americana, and the Star-Spangled Theatre
is currently rehearsing a George M. Cohan musical production." He used two Primrose
kits and scraps from other kits to create the shop and barn theater. The judges
felt strongly that William has created the kind of project that elevates our hobby
to an art form. The completeness, originality and sheer artistry of his work, combined
with this whimsical use of cut-outs, earned perfect scores from all of us.
Editor's Note: Just prior to printing, we were informed that Mr. Smith had passed
away. With this catalog, we offer a star-spangled salute to his memory.
First Place: $500 HBS Gift Certificate
Spirit of America Museum
Toni Hanly, Creswell, OR
Toni transformed the Primrose, inside and out, into a memory box. And, like our
Grand Prize winner, she created a work of art that awes and inspires. The walls
and ceilings are papered with historical photographs and display a montage of essentially
American memorabilia. Included are objects that represent each member of her family,
most notably her father, who fought in Europe during World War II. Toni kept this
project secret and presented it to her father for Christmas.
Second Place: $300 HBS Gift
The Freedom to Dream the Impossible Dream--A Dream Treehouse
Nadine Kalkwarf, Bowling Green, KY
In appaarent defiance of gravity, Nadine joined two Primroses and suspended them
in a tree! She then, somehow, balanced them on a small turntable, electrified the
whole project, and set out a perfect Fourth of July picnic. Nadine is a winner for
originality, craftsmanship, artistry and for reminding us that the "Spirit of America"
is built upon doing what seems to be impossible.
Third Place: $200 HBS Gift Certificate
Presidential Motor Inn
Margaret Hair & Her Five Granddaughters, Huntington Beach, CA
Margaret wrote, "6 kits, 5 granddaughters, 4 jars of glue, 3 months of vacation,
2 cut fingers and 1 exhausted Grandma," and the result was a red, white and blue
motor inn at the beach. If you think it's hard to complete one kit, imagine doing
six of them exactly alike perfect in every detail, inside and out. Now, imagine
doing that with five little "helpers." While some entried may have had more "America"
in them, none had more "Spirit" than this.