KAWARTHA LAKES-Anne Kulmala combined her family history with Canada’s heritage to design an award winning window display to celebrate Canada 150.
Kulmala is the co-owner of Curious ?, a gift and home decor shop on Water Street in Fenelon Falls. Her window display won first place in the Chamber of Commerce Canada 150 Window Design contest. “I wanted to include a lot of Canadian heritage and my family were painters, my uncle painted with the Group of Seven so we wanted to add that in with the painting of the background and I do fur work, my father was a furrier so I thought i would include the fur heritage. We simplified the other window with a birch bark canoe and some of our products.”
The birch bark canoe has special meaning for Kulmala. “I just lucked into it. My moms best friend was moving and she wanted to sell an old canoe and when I went and looked at it, we had to have it.” Kulmala told Kawartha 411. Her mother Rose-Anne Kulmala was the founder of The Kawartha Promoter and passed away a few years ago from cancer. “It means a lot to me, it’s a bit of a tear jerker”1st Place
Grr8 Finds on Colborne Street took second place and The Kawartha Store was third.
The best Outdoor Display Winner is The Barn & Bunkie on May street.
The judges say they were impressed by all of the ingenuity and effort on the part of the many participants. There were balloons, campfires, banners, butterflies, Mounties, and all sorts of artifacts and images used in the displays and in a show of community patriotism, Fenelon Court Seniors residence put a display together.