Around the city this week, Newarkers showed off their creativity as part of a house decorations tour.
The Newark Parks and Recreation Department came up with the tour as one of the replacements for the annual Independence Day festival, which had to be canceled due to the pandemic. The department invited residents to decorate their houses and yards with the theme of their choice. The city then publicized a list of the streets and encouraged people to go on a self-guided driving tour.
St Thomas's Episcopal Church at 276 S. College Ave. decorated its grounds with a "Christmas in July" theme, updated for the realities of COVID-19. It includes a manger scene with Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus wearing face masks, as well as Christmas trees decorated with surgical masks.
A resident of the 500 block of Briar Lane in Oaklands chose a patriotic theme, with flags and other red-white-and-blue decorations adorning the house and yard.
A few blocks away in the 700 block of Colgate Lane in Nottingham Green, a house is decorated to highlight the owner's interest in curling – complete with a larger-than-life curling stone, a “house” (the concentric circles players aim for when throwing their stones) spray-painted on the lawn and a sign promoting the Diamond State Curling Club.
Meanwhile, a resident of the 100 block of Register Drive in Jenney’s Run decorated the yard with hand-made signs promoting peace and togetherness.
The decorations will remain up through July 13.