Kang Tae Kwan Do named most creative in contest

From left, Garden Club of Old Greenwich Award Committee members Lynne Davenport and Tommie Bulger present the award to Grand Master Kang and student Candace Smoller, who served as chair of the window decorating committee.

From left, Garden Club of Old Greenwich Award Committee members Lynne Davenport and Tommie Bulger present the award to Grand Master Kang and student Candace Smoller, who served as chair of the window decorating committee.

Old Greenwich was transformed into a winter wonderland at the Dec. 7 First Light festival.

As part of the festivities, the Garden Club of Old Greenwich selected several area merchants for special recognition for their window displays. Kang Tae Kwan Do and Hapkido on Sound Beach Avenue won the award for the Best Creative Use of a Business Theme for its black-belted nutcrackers and red-belted gingerbread men.

The First Light Festival is a community event with many unacknowledged individuals contributing to its success. The decorating of the Kang Tae Kwan Do and Hapkido studio windows was a community effort.

For the gingerbread men window, the children of the students in the Women’s Self Defense class spent hours cutting out the shapes, adding finishing touches such as glitter, roping and red belts. For the nutcracker window, white napkins were purchased at the Rummage Room. Once again friends and their children were enlisted to transform the napkins into Tae Kwan Do uniforms and add properly tied black belts. The gift boxes likewise have ribbons tied in proper black belt form.

After all the hard work of production, the members of the Women’s Self Defense class, led by Candace Smoller, decorated the windows to festive and award-winning effect.

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