POINT PLEASANT — Doors lead people to many places and for some residents at the Twin Towers, doors are leading to Christmas cheer.
There are 107 apartments in the complex on Second St. and this year, around 30 doors leading to apartments have been elaborately decorated for the holiday season by Vada Nutter, who lives on the Sixth Floor.
Nutter said she started decorating the doors four years ago when she first moved into the complex and began with just a few. However, each year her decorating list has grown. No two doors are done the same and each door has a specially designed, one-of-a-kind wreath by “Vada’s Creation by Design” which often times reflects the personality of the resident.
Nutter doesn’t charge any money to create the doors and wreaths and also donates her time putting up the displays, along with help from who she calls “special elves” Lynn Hall, Mikki Young, Patsy Shinn and Susie Harmon. Residents are given bags to place their decorations in to store for the year, saving them for the next Christmas when the “elves” go to work again at the Twin Towers.
“She makes a lot of residents very happy,” Beulah Clark who lives at the towers said. “I really appreciate her kindness.”
Clark, who is originally from Mason County but moved away for a time to live in Columbus where she was a paralegal, had the door that won this year’s first place prize. Her door is decorated in garland, gold fabric, with gold beads, angels and dolls and a gold-accented wreath that Nutter said had a Victorian influence.
Coming in second place was the door and wreath done for Young which had crosses as part of its theme and then Hall’s came in third place with a theme Nutter called “Country Victorian.” Walking up and down the hallways at the towers, other doors appear with themes related to candy canes, winter wonderlands and more.
Nutter was not part of the judging which included the top three doors with winners getting a potholder and cookie mixes, as well as runners-up Mark Griffith, Kathy Stover, Betty Dunlap and Bill Barger getting a box of cookies.
In addition to making the Twin Towers a happy place to be a Christmas, it makes it a social place to be with neighbors connecting over doors and wreaths and a spirit of giving.
“This is my gift to the residents,” Nutter said of her donations of materials and time.
Still, Nutter wants to do more and in addition to more doors, hopes to next year create a winter wonderland outside on the first floor patio of the Twin Towers. She needs donations of Christmas lights, which will soon be on sale after the big day comes and goes, to create this space for residents who can’t get out to see other light displays. By creating an outside winter wonderland, residents only have to travel to the first floor to take in the lights which will also be outside as the patio faces Main Street, allowing a passerby to see them as well. The project will be an addition to efforts to bring more lights and Christmas decorations to downtown Point Pleasant.
In addition to doors, Nutter also decorated the lobby of the Twin Towers with what she calls a “3D effect” of a dog house and candy canes, Santa, wreaths and more.
“When I was the owner of Victoria’s Prom and Bridal, I got to see the joy on a bride’s face when I created a Christmas Wedding with six-foot tall Christmas Cane arches that I made,” Nutter said. “Now, it gives me great joy to see the faces of the senior citizens as they sit in the lobby or take a stroll through the different floors to see one-of-a-kind Christmas decor and wreaths. It takes a lot of creating and designing, time, and labor, but it is worth it to see their faces light up at the holiday season.”
Nutter says the key to staying young and healthy is motivation and staying busy which she has done by creating something special for others to enjoy during the holiday season.
To donate Christmas lights for next year’s winter wonderland patio project, call the Twin Towers at 304-675-6679 or drop them off during normal business hours.
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