2011-12-01 / Front Page

Tickets still available for next weekend’s Christmas Tour of Homes and Dinner

Tickets are still available for next weekend’s annual Christmas Tour and Dinner, part of an entire weekend filled with holiday activities.

The weekend will begin next Friday evening, December 9, with a Candlelight Tour of five homes, and on Saturday, visitors can tour five private homes in the Town and Country Day Tour. Tickets for Friday are $30, as are tickets for the Saturday tour. The reception and Colonial dinner are $65. The premier ticket, at $85, includes all of the above plus the Candlelight Tour as well. Tour headquarters, the Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce at 22B West Square, will be open Friday, December 9, from 1-8 p.m. and Saturday 9-6.

Set in the ballroom of the Fitzpatrick Hotel, the Champagne Reception and Colonial Dinner will be held Saturday night with the reception from 5:30 to 7, and dinner at 7 p.m.

Saturday night will also feature the community’s Parade of Lights bringing Santa to The Square at 6 p.m.

Friday night’s Candlelight Tour, which begins at 5 p.m., will include the Canford-Dunford Victorian Cottage of Robert Geiger and Ed Franklin at 209 South Alexander Ave., the home of David and Laura Toburen at 205 South Alexander, the home of Jenny and Wynn Clark at 212 Water Street, the home of Kathy and John Overstreet at 401 East Robert Toombs Avenue, and the home of Mark and Emilie Waters at 412 East Robert Toombs.

Saturday’s Town and Country Day Tour will star the Revolutionary War-era Granade log cabin, the oldest home in the county, at 1276 Columbus Grenade Road, and the Granade family home nearby at 1685 Columbus Grenade.

Another very early home, Belmont, the 1795 home of Jeff and Stephanie Macchia at 1022 Tignall Road, will feature a Confederate artillery encampment that will be firing a cannon throughout the day.

Other homes on the day tour are the Pope family’s Poplar Corner at 210 West Liberty Street, and Cherry Cottage at 204 Water Street, and the Connely Art Gallery and Loft on The Square.

In concert with the Christmas Tour, Callaway Plantation will have its annual Christmas at Callaway Plantation Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, December 9-11. Tours on Friday and Saturday will be 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; and Sunday, December 11, 1-5 p.m. A candlelight tour will be held on Saturday, December 10, 4-8 p.m. Admission is $5 or free with Christmas Tour of Homes ticket.

Both the Robert Toombs House Historic Site and the Washington Historical Museum will be open for tour guests. Historical re-enactors at the Toombs House will act out events from Christmas 1878.

To round out the Tour weekend, visitors may attend the Washington Little Theater Company’s performance of Charles Dickens’ “ A Christmas Carol” directed by Dr. Stan Coe at the Bolton Lunceford Playhouse on Friday and Saturday, December 9 and 10, at 7:30 p.m.

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