VANKLEEK HILL – The Christmas trees are ordered and the spirit of Christmas will be present in Vankleek Hill during the annual Christmas Home Tour, which takes place on Saturday, November 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This year’s event features six heritage homes on the self-guided tour. This year’s decorators are: Cottage Blue Home (Cornwall), Donna Doucette (Vankleek Hill), Lise St-André (Vankleek Hill), Vankleek Cottage (Vankleek Hill), Auld Kirktown (Lancaster) and Belle Designs (Hawkesbury). Each decorator brings a special flair to each historic home.
An additional hour has been added to this year’s tour, following last year’s sold-out event. And there are 300 new luncheon spaces available, thanks to even more participation from community organizations and new eateries in Vankleek Hill.
Four churches are organizing luncheons, a quilt show, a Nativity Scene display, vendors along the town’s Main Street and carolers will add to the day.
At 151 Main Street East, meet artist Susan Jephcott and see works from her recently-published book, “The Tangerine Cat”. Buy a book and have Jephcott sign it while you’re there!
At Arbor Gallery at 36 Home Avenue, there is an art show of affordable small works to help you with your Christmas shopping list. That show is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A quilt show takes place inside the church proper at Knox Presbyterian Church from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Specialty vendors and new this year, hot beverages will be offered outside of homes.
Go home with your own souvenir of the day’s event by having your group’s photograph taken in a vintage sleigh, furnished for the occasion by Ouimet Farms Adventure, home of our local corn maze. Photographer Jan Amell will take good care of you and see that you are outfitted in Victorian capes, bonnets and the like to have just the right look. There will be a $5 charge to have your photo taken; one half of the proceeds will be donated to a local cause.
Thanks to Nathalie Gratton and Hawkesbury’s Exit Premier Realty, four shuttle buses will take visitors from house to house in town and to other locations where special events are happening.
You can also take home a unique Vankleek Hill souvenir on tour day. Be sure to pick up one of four collector edition Christmas ornaments, each featuring one of Vankleek Hill’s beautiful brick homes. Ornaments are on sale at The Review offices at 76 Main Street East in Vankleek Hill.
This event is organized by The Review and shares proceeds with six community organizations, which provide volunteers to the event.
To find out where to purchase $20 advance tickets (you can also purchase tickets online), to view the houses, luncheon information and more, visit: http://www.vankleekhill.ca/HomeTour.
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An example from last year’s Home Tour decor.
(Copyright @ 2016 Vankleek Hill Christmas Home Tour | Photo by Jan Amell Photography)