Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Candlelight Holiday Home warms to crowds for second year

By Krista Bocko
Current in Noblesville
If there’s anything better than an inaugural event, it’s the “second annual.” That means whatever happened the first time worked well enough to do it again.

And so it is with the popular Candlelight Holiday Home tour which again will take place in conjunction with Main Street’s First Friday Event Dec. 3.

Tour chairperson Joni Corbett had no idea what kind of attendance to expect last year. But she is planning for at least this year’s crowd to match last year’s attendance of 350.

"We were pleasantly surprised when last year's inaugural tour exceeded our expectations. This year we plan to build on that excitement by adding a fourth house and inviting additional retail shops to take part,” Corbett said.

The second Candlelight Holiday Home Tour, presented by the Noblesville Preservation Alliance, is set for Dec. 3 from 5-9 p.m. Luminaries will light the way to the homes and welcome visitors into four warm and welcoming historic private residences, all located on North 10th Street within walking distance of the Courthouse Square.

Four downtown shops will be participating in the event by showcasing their holiday wares in these special settings. Each participating shop will be decorating a home, and décor items will be available for purchase the night of the event.

Tour stops include a circa 1837 brick Federal/Italianate home, a Traditional style home built in 1941, a circa 1920 wood frame cottage, and a Dutch Colonial built in 1919.

Tickets prices at $5 for adults can be purchased on the Courthouse Square that night. Children 10 and under are admitted free. Advance tickets will be available beginning Nov. 26 at A Corner Cottage, 895 Conner St.; Larames, 942 Maple Ave.; The Linden Tree, 856 Logan St.; and Old Picket Fence, 894 Logan St.

Proceeds from the tour will fund NPA projects, such as the new homeowner façade grant program which will award $3,000 a year to historic home owners in the city limits for exterior improvements.

Visit www.noblesvillepreservation.com or call 317.73.4549 for more information.

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