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Nutcrackers Abound in Main Street Display

The colorful nutcrackers -- from a collection of well over 200 -- will be displayed in a Main Street storefront window through the new year.

Before the holiday season is over, Lilburn residents might want to head over to Main Street to see a new art display there -- hundreds of nutcracker figuirines of all shapes and sizes.  

The nutcrackers are located in the window of 106 Main Street, the Hen House, according to the owners of the display. The window art idea is the work of the newly forming Lilburn Art Alliance, which spearheaded an effort to decorate the Main Street storefronts for the holidays.

In this case, the nutcrackers are from the personal collection of local residents Kevin and Renee Edwards, who started amassing nutcrackers some 24 years ago. 

It started as a single purchase from the Bonner's Christmas Store in Frankenmuth, Mich. Then, some came as gifts; some came as discounted purchases after-Christmas sales.

This year, the Edwards wanted to share their collection with the city residents, and anyone else who wanted to catch a glimpse.

The collection is lighted, so it can be viewed day or night.

Words from the owner, Kevin Edwards:

"Each year, we would find nutcrackers at retail, antique and thrift stores, yard sales, and on the Internet. The growing collection began to take on a life of it's own.

"First, taking over the fireplace, then filling all the shelves in the living room, until custom ladder-like shelves were made to display them all. The collection has now grown to over 200 nutcrackers, and we are always on the lookout for unique nutcrackers.

"Every Christmas season, they are put out for display in our home, then carefully boxed up again after the holidays and returned to storage, it's a lot of work, and we use a lot of bubble wrap."

The display will be up until after the new year, and will be taken down the first weekend in January 2013. (January 5 and 6)

For questions, comments, (or to donate an unwanted nutcracker,)  contact Kevin and Renee Edwards at: edwardsdtp@aol.com; put "Nutcracker" in the subject line.

Joy L. Woodson November 29, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Thanks for mentioning the other display, Mandy! I will be doing a story on the Lilburn Art Alliance, so I will be sure to talk to Peggy then!
Rhonda Keyes December 02, 2012 at 11:47 PM
I have always enjoyed the beautifully decorated Christmas windows on Main Street. Another favorite is the shop at the end closest to the railroad crossing. They always have interesting window and door decorations. My favorite was the snowman used several years ago. I have a great photo of my sister and niece leaning over kissing him!
RENE December 22, 2012 at 03:24 PM
HI RENEE, I AM RENE OSTROWSKI AND I DO NOT KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED BUT I HAVE ABOUT 35 NUTCRACKERS ALL SIZES AND I WANT TO SELL THEM. MY HUSBAND AND I ARE FIGHTING CANCER AND I AM HAVING TO SELL MY COLLECTIONS IF YOU ARE INTERESTED CALL ME AT 678-232-2036 AND YOUR COLLECTION IS BEAUTIFUL-THANKS RENE
RENE December 22, 2012 at 03:25 PM
JUST DID IT IS ABOVE AND PENDING
RENE December 22, 2012 at 03:26 PM
I LOVE THE NUTCRACKERS

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