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Neptunians Share Holiday Window As Gift to the Community

Dec 11, 2021 07:38AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
The Neptunian Woman's Club's holiday window, which took six weeks to create, is meant to be a gift to the entire Manhattan Beach community, according to club members.

"The Neptunian Woman’s Club Holiday windows are created to instill the magic of the season to the whole community, young and old alike," said artist and holiday window co-chair Martha Logan. "There is always a focal point, but little surprises appear throughout to inspire imaginations."

This year marks the second year of an elaborate holiday window project at the Neptunian Woman's Club. The tradition began in 2020 with a detailed window decoration honoring the 100th anniversary of the Manhattan Beach Pier.

This year's holiday window, an “Arctic Winter Wonderland," features a family of Arctic animals that is illuminated at night by a dramatic display of Northern lights and snowflake projections.

It is located at the Neptunian Woman's Club of Manhattan Beach clubhouse, at 920 Highland Ave. in Manhattan Beach.

The lights will be on and the public will be able to view the window every night during the holiday season. The exhibit will be taken down after January 1.

Design, Creation, and Installation Took Weeks

For this year's design, co-chairs Logan and Betty Herring headed up a team of fifteen club members to bring Logan's concept to life.

The work was divided into teams: The “felt cutters” cut out all the animals and trees; the “glue team” glued hundreds of glittery balls onto the midnight blue backdrop; and the “glitter team” applied hundreds of sparkly snowflake stickers onto the front of the window. After the installation. Logan and Teresa White applied paint to the animals adding expression and detail.

All told, it was a six week process, with the installation taking approximately four days to complete in time for the Manhattan Beach Holiday Open House celebration.

Team members included Eileen Leaf, Melanie Compton, Mary Ralls, Adele Thurnher, Kim Edwards, Teresa White, Jennifer Sorensen, Amanda Wyatt, Laura Shea, Julie Oakes, Elvia Garcia, Carole Leff, Kathie Nichols and Carla Petroff.

The project was funded by Chevron, with assistance from Neptunian director of marketing Jill Dunn, who is also the public affairs representative for Chevron.

Plans are already in the works for the 2022 window, according to Logan.

The Neptunian Woman’s Club, founded in 1909, is the oldest civic organization in the South Bay. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to volunteerism and the raising of funds in support of charitable, educational, cultural and civic services.

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