I hope everyone enjoyed a peaceful and abundant Thanksgiving. And now it's December and officially the holiday season! I just love this time of year and yet another one of my favorite things is the annual Holiday House Tour -- so mark this date on your calendar: Sun, Dec 13 from 1 to 4pm.
I'm honored to sponsor this event, now in its 18th year. And I'm super excited to announce the theme of the 2015 tour -- Christmas in the Village! So bundle up and get your jingle on while visiting a variety of delightfully decorated homes in Bedford -- all within walking distance of Bedford center. With our picturesque historic town center, wandering carolers and mulled cider, it will be a stroll back in time!
As the plans to create the Christmas in the Village theme came together, I realized it was the perfect time to include my office at 90 Great Road. For our decorating, we plan to use a lot of whites and metallics with mercury glass and snow flakes in the conference room. And then we'll turn traditional in the first floor offices with a Christmas tree, assorted ornaments and fir and holly greens. I love it all, so there will be lots to look at. This is one of the coolest events in Bedford, and I'm just so proud to be a part of it, as a sponsor and as a host! And be sure to stop by to refuel with hot chocolate and mulled cider at our warming station as you go from home to home.
While all of this year's featured homes are within walking distance of Bedford Center, guests are still welcome to drive. And as always, all of the houses highlight the heritage and architectural variety found in Bedford, with many hostesses offering refreshments along with live performers sharing sounds of the season. And to keep visitors sharp, an identical holiday item will be placed in each home -- the first three people to correctly identify it win tickets to next year's house tour.
In the course of visiting the homes, guests are also invited to gather at the Congregational Church on Great Road for refreshments and holiday cheer, including the opportunity to shop for those special people on your gift list at the holiday bazaar. Proceeds support the activities of the Chamber of Commerce, including The Charles Hume Scholarship, awarded to local students.
Tickets are $20 in advance ($15 for seniors, $10 for children 16 and under), and $25 day of the event -- available at the New England Nursery at 216 Concord Road, Great Road Gallery & Framing at 363 Great Road, Prince Street Cafe & Bakery at 200 Great Road, and online at bedfordchamber.org.
To get you in the spirit, here are highlights from last year's tour:
Get your tickets now and see you there -- ho, ho, ho!