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Scott Enter has designed hundreds of Village lit buildings, accessories and general animated pieces since he started working at Department 56 in 1990 as a photographer. His first design project, The Original Snow Village "Green House" (56.54020, 1991-1995), was planned as an accessory but Scott, who loves to tinker with technology, figured out how to make it light. Scott can be credited with upgrading numerous additions to The Original Snow Village, Snow Village Halloween and other Villages over the years. "Collectors are always asking us to add more sound and animation to their Villages, which prompts me to keep thinking creatively on how to make the Villages come alive."
Continuing with the popularity of the Snow Village Halloween, Scott shared that “Esmeralda’s Shoe Shop” for Witch Hollow, was his personal favorite for this year, and for the Original Snow Village, it wasthe “Grapevine Winery.” This piece was developed because of a close relationship Scott has established with one of our retailers, “Good Things For All Seasons” in Grapevine, TX.
When we asked Scott about his other favorites, he answered like a proud father – “all of them”, he started with Esmeralda’s and added that he very enjoyed the technology and sounds added to the “Monster Mash Party House.” “We worked for a long time to get the licensing rights to include the original song by Bobby Pickett. It would not have been as effective to use any other recording.” The animation of the house includes the sounds of the original song from 1962. It is sure to be one of your favorite Halloween pieces!
Because all Village pieces start with ideas, the many brainstorming sessions for concept and design plans held at Department 56 has proven to be Scott’s favorite part of the production process. “These meetings get the creative juices flowing and we are all anxious to get to work.”
Department 56 the leader and gold standard in lighted collectible Villages, is part of the Enesco family of brands and is located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.