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Behind the scenes with holiday decorator at the Newport mansions

NEWPORT — For five weeks each fall a sheen of glitter covers Jim Donahue’s hands. It’s an occupational hazard for the holiday decorator-in-chief for three Gilded Age mansions owned by the Preservation Society of Newport County (www.newportmansions.org). Now that Donahue, who is also horticulturist at the society’s Green Animals Topiary Garden, has worked his magic, The Breakers, The Elms, and Marble House are decked out for holiday tours through Jan. 1. 

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