Sarasota News Leader

12/21/2012

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MAGIC IN MINIATURE The miniature village is not the only seasonal d��cor in the Radauskas household. THIS VILLAGE HAS DONE A LOT OF GROWING IN 20 YEARS By Vicki Chatley Contributing Writer Twenty years ago, Lorraine Radauskas was shopping in Silver Springs, MD, when she purchased two tiny houses for a miniature village collection. Thus, began a hobby that has led to a winter wonderland that awes visitors to her Sarasota home. And that does not include all of the figures ��� houses, people, churches, trees, streetlights, stores ��� that are part of Lorraine���s collection. The five cats the Radauskas added to their collection this year also are on the prowl in the village. ���The first display was set up on top of a two-drawer file cabinet,��� she said, but has since grown to cover four tables in a room known at other times of the year as husband Paul���s den. She estimates the total is about 1,000 individual pieces. This year Lorraine selected ���Home Town��� as her theme. She said the process begins by

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