BOYERTOWN ' Boyertown will be ringing in the holiday season with its Annual Holiday House Tour on Friday, Dec. 2, from 3 to 9 p.m.
The event starts at the Boyertown Area Historical Society, 43 S. Chestnut Street where ticket buyers will be given maps with addresses and descriptions of each home on the tour. Visitors can walk, drive or ride the trolley to the sites.
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $12 each at the Twin Turrets Inn, 11 E. Phila. Ave, Bause's Super Drug Store, 42 E. Phila. Ave, and at the Historical Society. Tickets will be $15 on the day of the tour. Ticket holders must present their ticket at each home for entrance.
Artist Brenda Meitzler created this year's collectible ornament featuring a miniature Scherenschnitte (cut paper art) of a house in a decorative frame.
The tour includes the homes of David and Christine Beard, Melanie and Janet Conrad, Christine Kolbe Karver, Phil and Sue Murray, Steve and Jaime Puzaukas, Denny and Donna Smith and Rainell and Jeffrey Pail.
Students of Boyertown high school's Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, dressed in full uniform, will greet visitors and check their tickets before they enter the homes
During the evening, numerous businesses will host special activities, music and refreshments along the tour.
Stop by Taylor Backes and Tibutu Glass, 2nd and Washington streets to watch the artists do glass-blowing demonstrations. The gallery includes three rooms of sparkling, hand-blown glass items and ornaments.
At Sugg Motor Car Co., 150 East 2nd Street, visitors can take a walk into the past in the showroom, which will be decorated in miniature store fronts. This year's feature car, donated by Jake and Gretchen Lea, is a 1941 Cadillac Series 62 convertible coupe. There will also be tastings of gourmet food provided by various local restaurants.
At Frecon Farms, 501 S. Reading Ave., warm up with some hot beverages or wine, and samplings of specialty foods which can be purchased for later enjoyment or gift giving. A fire will be glowing to warm visitors as they enjoy the friendly atmosphere and the live music. Frecon Farms is a third-generation family-operated business.
After tasting Frecon's treats, make sure to visit Dancing Tree Creations, 338 S. Ironstone Drive, where you can find an array of artwork of various media, including ceramics, glass, jewelry, paintings, drawings and sculptures on exhibit and for sale. Gordon Bahr, a descendant who lived and worked the farm, mill and store most of his life, will be present from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. to answer questions about the historic property.
Woodworker Rob Shafer, Gilbertsville, will be at the gallery from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to meet with the public and discuss his woodworking techniques. Visitors may also tour the rest of the historic building, which is currently storage and studio space. Refreshments will be served.
While you are touring the town, don't forget to stop in to vote-and possibly win-your favorite decorated tree at Boyertown Area Multi-Service's Festival of Trees, 200 W. Spring Street. Multi-Service hopes to raise enough money through the ticket sales to ensure all Boyertown-area families in need have a happy holiday.
As you travel along E. Phila. Ave., visit the town's mayor and innkeeper, Marianne Deery, who owns the Victorian bed and breakfast, the Twin Turrets, 11 E. Phila. Ave., and will be giving tours with her husband Frank. The lovely trees are decorated by the AKTION Club.
During the evening, Boyertown's Studio B, 39A E. Phila. Ave., will be celebrating its third anniversary with its annual 'Members' and Friends' Small Works Show' open through Jan. 15. Peruse the talent of local artist and start your holiday shopping with art and gift certificates for classes and workshops.
Then, stop by Serenity Junction, 127 E. Phila. Ave., enjoy some chili and relax with a free hydro-massage demonstration.
Kevin Zimmers, owner of Zimmers Pets, will be sharing his memorabilia collection at the historic Thomas Jefferson Boyer Rhoads Home, 47-51 E. Phila. Ave. From whimsical to historic, his collection is entertaining and educational.
Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles, 85 S. Walnut St., will be open and serving hot dogs and refreshments. Check out the refurbished Fegely's Diner, the vehicles of yesteryear and their on-loan display about the Atomic age.
Other businesses, including the Book Nook, Joe Paws Bakery, Clayote Studio & Gallery, Patsy's Potpourri of Gifts, Bause's Super Drug Store, Sweet Beginnings, Gracefully Framed and the State Theater will be open. Be sure to check your map for coupons and discounts.
Chestnut Knoll, 120 West 5th Ave., will be serving refreshments to visitors who stop in to view their yuletide dÃ&Copy;cor and take a chance to win a gift card from a local store.
The Hard Bean CafÃ&Copy;, 215 E. Phila. Ave., will greet visitors with hot cider, cookies and live music. After 9 p.m. when the tour ends, stop at Hard Bean where music is playing until 11 p.m.