Everything you need to know about this year’s Christmas Tour!
The 2015 tour will be on Friday, December 11th, 5:00-8:00 pm, and Saturday, December 12th, 10:00 am-8:00 pm. Tours will be $30 until December 1; $35 after. Train museum tickets will be $12 until December 1st, and then $15.
Tickets are selling briskly. We expect another sellout, bringing about 1700 visitors to our neighborhood. To purchase tickets or for more details, check our website.
Homes on Tour
We have many new homes on tour—thank you, homeowners!
946 W North Avenue – Greg Coll and Doris Short
927 Beech Avenue – Hilary and Scott Mosser
810 Galveston Avenue – Geff Young
840 N Lincoln Avenue – Deb Kelly and Doug Debelak
719 Brighton Road – Holmes Hall – John DeSantis
…and our sixth house, which hasn’t yet been finalized, but will also be new to the Tour!
The Holiday Gift Shop
The Shop will again be in the lower level of Calvary Church, so guests can shop before as well as after the Tour. Arrangements have been made so that purchases can be held for guests who shop before their tour. For more information about the Shop, contact Martin Fuess at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The popular Toy Train Museum will, once again, be open at Homes Hall. Visitors can visit before their tour or after they finish the tour of Holmes Hall. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. DVDs of the train exhibit will also be for sale ($15). We also have a few of the fine train books available for purchase ($100).
We will be decorating the streets on Saturday, December 5th, starting at 9:00 am. Volunteers will be bunching greens to create the lamppost swags in the Serventi/Wilson garage on Dounton Way. This is an easy, fun way to get in the holiday spirit—and we can finish this job quickly with about 20 volunteers.
Also on Saturday, December 5th, join your neighbors and pick up litter and leaves around the neighborhood (and in front of your house!). If each of us fills just one bag, our streets will be clean!
All volunteers are invited to our Holiday Party. This year, Carol Gomrick and Brett Kempf at 940 W North Avenue will host on Saturday, December 12th, beginning at 9:00 pm. This will be a “seventh” house for volunteers to get to see, and it’s a gem! To help with party, please contact Carrie Doyle at (412) 337-6020.
Look for a feature on one of the new tour homes on Sunday, December 6th.
We Need Your Help!
There are many opportunities to volunteer. During the tour, be a greeter at Calvary, a tour guide, a house sitter for a homeowner on tour, a conductor at the train museum or be ready to help tour houses with salting and shoveling should we get snow that weekend. Or, help with the volunteer party or set up the luminaria. If each of us helps in just one way, then our neighbors don’t have to do all the work to make this, our biggest fundraiser (that pays for all of our fun events, as well as preservation activities), successful. AND, you get to attend the party!
Contact Trish Burton (email@example.com) for information about any of this…and she’ll get you to the coordinator of that activity.