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Flamingos welcome winter solstice

December 21, 2010|By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com
  • Benita Keller is surrounded by pink plastic flamingos in her lawn on Blue Goose Lane in Shepherdstown, W.Va.
Photo by Richard F. Belisle

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Pink, not red and green, is the primary color decorating the front lawn of a home on Blue Goose Lane this Christmas season.

More than 60 pink plastic flamingo lawn ornaments surround a white plastic snowman donning a pink hat on Benita Keller's sloping lawn just over the town line off Flowing Springs Road.

It's Keller's nod to the winter solstice. She was preparing for a solstice party Tuesday evening, complete with pink flamingo cookies and shrimp.

"Shrimp is what flamingos eat," she said.

The flamingo theme stems from "Trailer and Trash or Looking Through Rose-Colored Glasses," a 20-photograph show staged by Keller, a professional photographer, at Shepherd University several years ago.

The show and her pink flamingo holiday lawn display "are a political statement against stereotyping people who live in trailers," she said.

Plastic pink flamingo lawn ornaments "are kitsch, a symbol of trailer trash, and now I've vindicated them," she said.

Pink happens to be Keller's favorite color.

"I think it's fun to have pink in my yard for Christmas," she said.

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