By DEB WUETHRICH
The Promenade Committee will present the 2011 Christmas Candlelight Tour on Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3. Tour times for both evenings are 5:30-8 p.m.
A few years ago, the Promenade Committee decided to revive an earlier tradition of opening up some homes for a holiday tour. Tickets are $5 for three homes and the Tecumseh Area Historical Museum.
“I think we’ve been doing it for six or seven years now,” said Pat VanCamp, a member of the committee. “In contrast to the May home tours, we don’t focus as much on the histories of the homes for the Candlelight Tours, but it’s geared more toward helping people to get in a festive mood with decorated homes.”
A home owned by Tom and Pat Housekeeper at 704 W. Chicago Blvd., Tecumseh is considered a 1930s Mid-Century Classic Home.
Promenade committee member Glenna Stroud said the home is brick with a beautiful newly updated kitchen, large living and dining rooms and gracious foyer. There is also a study and a charming garden room. Home tour participants will view the first story of this home.
A Victorian Home at 309 W. Pottawatamie is owned by Nicole and Jeff Case.
“This is a beautiful Victorian home with a lot of intricate old fretwork,” said Stroud. “It’s a flowing, spacious house.” Two staircases assist in the flow, so visitors can view the entire upstairs with its spacious bedrooms and natural woodwork and then return by way of the open stairway.
A home at 209 E. Shawnee Street, owned by George and Holly Labarge, is also a turn-of-the-century Victorian with Eastlake trimmings.
“There’s natural woodwork and an open front stairway,” said Stroud. “This home also has an addition that was done in keeping with the construction of the house. It has a beautiful carriage house.” Features also include a diamond-shaped window, natural woodwork, and a built-in china cabinet.