Holiday homes tour is set for Sunday
There will be several new twists to the annual Holiday Home Tour this year. Now in its seventh year, the tour has become another Christmas tradition for Baldwin City.
"Probably the biggest difference this year is where the proceeds from the tour are going. They will go to the Lumberyard Arts Center project," said Debbie Morgan, of Stephens Real Estate, sponsors of the event.
"We're also changing the time of the tour to 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. so they can turn on their Christmas lights. Before, it was from 1 to 4 p.m.," said Morgan. "Those are two of changes this year. The other one is we'll have a bed and breakfast on the tour for the first time."
There will once again be four stops on the tour. They are at Christie Carlisle and Paul Knapp's home at 107 Hillside; Scott and Leslie Erwine's home at 1413 N. 330 Rd.; Brian and Angela Pitts' home at 207 Elm; and Jim and Diane Niehoff's Three Sisters Inn bed and breakfast at 1035 Ames.
Tickets for the tour cost $8 and are available at Stephens, Baldwin State Bank, Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce, C-Design Floral and Garden and Three Sisters Inn. Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the tour, with proceeds of all the ticket sales going to the lumberyard project.
Because of Sunday's rain that postponed the annual holiday light parade, the home tour will be vying for the some of the same time frame. The parade is rescheduled for 6 p.m., toward the tail-end of the tour.
"I'm hoping it will bring more people out," Morgan said of the parade at part of the same time. "They can go on the homes tour first. We'll see who comes out.
"We've always done it on the second weekend in December so we don't interfere with Baker Vespers," she said. "It's our seventh annual tour. It's been kind of quiet this year, so we want everyone to know it's on. You can buy tickets at the door or ahead of time. We have volunteers who open their homes for a good cause."