Friends of the Kutztown Community Library invite the community to enjoy their 2016 Holiday House Tour on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The self-guided tour themed Town, Gown & Country features six homes.
“It’s a fun day to get out and see all these neat houses. There’s so much architecture and ways they decorate,” said Lisa Finke, past president of the Friends of the Kutztown Library. “It’s different every year. You get to see something new. Last year we were at farms and got to see milking. We just get to do so many different things. Viewing the houses for this year, I can’t wait to see them all.”
“We have the KU President’s House on the tour this year,” said Kutztown Community Library Director Janet Yost. “I think that’s the most unique thing this year. We’re just so fortunate to have the house on the tour. I’m excited about that one.”
The Kutztown University President’s House, an example of Colonial Revival architecture, features furniture and interior design that incorporate the university’s colors of maroon and gold. A large bay window in the reception room, embellished with a fleur-de-lis motif, overlooks a private yard enclosed by landscaping.
Following the theme of Town, Gown & Country, Yost said, “Some of them are in the town, some of them are involved with the university or they are university professors and then the others are close by in the country.”
The tour includes a classic 1821 Georgian home with restored stone summer kitchen on 112 acres of gardens, a 1955 two-story brick home, a 1956 home, and a restored Civil War era home with a lower level pub commemorating the founding of the United States Marine Corps in Philadelphia in 1775.
The tour also includes a 101-year-old Four Square with leaded glass windows that include a tulip motif repeated in the kitchen cabinetry, egg and dart crown molding, and wood floor, as well as a pie safe that disappears into the kitchen floor. The owners’ art collection, including local artists and family needlework, is on display.
“I like seeing all of the different houses and architecture and what people have done with their houses. It’s a nice group this year. There’s six distinct houses,” said Yost, explaining that the Friends of the Kutztown Library select houses to be on the tour based on what area they want to feature. “This year it was the University House they wanted to start with and then they branch out.”
One of Yost’s favorite parts of the tour are the cookies, which will be baked and served by the Friends of the Kutztown Library. Attendees are encouraged to stop by the Kutztown Community Library to enjoy light refreshments from 12:30 until 4 p.m.
“Not only will they have an enjoyable day but they will be able to help support the library,” said Yost. “All proceeds go back to the library.”
Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Friends of the Kutztown Library who in turn donate funds to Kutztown Community Library for programs and expenses such as summer reading program staff and for the recently installed lighting.
“We thank they everyday,” said Yost. “It’s things that usually are not in the budget.”
Also of note, local artist Joseph Galantino created the artwork that the library uses in its promotional materials. Galantino is donating 20 percent of portrait orders to the Library made on the day of the tour. Information and order forms will be available at Countryside Farm and Greenhouse and the Library.
Tour tickets can be purchased in advance or the day of the tour at the Kutztown Community Library and at Countryside Farm & Greenhouse, 439 Krause Road, Fleetwood.