The Historical Association of Lewiston's signature event, the Lewiston Tour of Homes, will kick off the holiday season Christmas Walk weekend, Dec. 2-3. Tickets are on sale now for the 13th annual event, themed "Christmastime with Fieldstone and Holly," which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
The Tour of Homes showcases six Lewiston homes, all masterfully decorated for the holidays. Ticketholders will travel from house to house to see the latest trends in holiday decor. Each home features a tablescape offering innovative entertaining ideas. This year, one of the featured homes is Stella Niagara, nestled along the winding Niagara River and home to the Sisters of St. Francis.
Ticketholders will partake in dessert samplings and a cocktail reception at the Niagara Crossing Hotel & Spa. Attendees will be able to sample the sweets of the DiCamillo Bakery and the Niagara Culinary Institute, and enjoy a poinsettia cocktail, compliments of Third Street Liquors and Wegmans of Niagara Falls.
The holiday vendor market will offer a unique sampling of gifts and treats for everyone.
Also included in the ticket price are additional bonus stops: The First Presbyterian Church of Lewiston, currently celebrating its bicentennial, will have its historic chapel decorated for the holidays. Tour of Homes ticketholders will have the opportunity to explore the Lewiston Museum, which will be adorned for the season, and will include a hot cocoa tasting. The Museum Store will also be open, offering locally themed books, ornaments, and many Lewiston treasures. Lewiston's famous historic tavern, the Lewiston Stone House will serve up a special mulled wine sampling.
The Tour of Homes is a self-guided tour. The "Polar Express Trolley" service will once again be available from the Red Brick Municipal Building, 145 N. Fourth St. Four trolleys will make a continuous circuit between homes and bonus stops.
This year's decorators include some past ticketholder favorites, as well as new designers full of holiday inspiration. Homes will feature the talents of Donna Moxham, Linda Radford, Margie Mokhiber of MAM Development Inc., Elizabeth "Betty" Lamacchia of California Closets, Jessica Wangelin of Decor Adventures, and Caroline Barr of Caroline Design.
Zach Collister, president of the Historical Association of Lewiston, noted how grateful he is to those who are opening their homes for the tour. This fundraiser represents more than 40 percent of HAL's operating budget.
"All of us at the association are incredibly excited to offer the most exciting home tour in years," Collister said. "With six homes, additional bonus stops, and a holiday vendor market, the Tour of Homes is a great way to kick off the holidays in Historic Lewiston."
Businesses and residents that have stepped up in support of this event include (premiere sponsors) DiCamillo Bakery, Wegmans, Niagara Crossing Hotel & Spa, Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, Cornerstone CFCU, Tropical Heating and Cooling, Niagara Frontier Publications; (sterling sponsors) Kinetic Kitchen and Bath, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Elderwood, Mark Cerrone Inc., Lewiston Stone House, Third Street Liquors; and (gold sponsors) Apple Granny Restaurant, Carmelo's, Hardison Funeral Homes, Orange Cat Coffee Co. and Robert Macvie Inc.
Presale tickets priced at $25 are available at all Western New York Wegmans locations, Orange Cat Coffee Co. (703 Center St., Lewiston) and DiCamillo Bakery (535 Center St., Lewiston). Tickets are available online at www.LewistonHomeTour.com
. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended. If tickets are still available the day of the tour, they can be purchased for $30 at the Red Brick (only). For more information, visit www.lewistonhometour.com
Decorators (front row) Caroline Barr of Caroline Design, Betty Lamacchia of California Closets, (second row) Margie Mokhiber of MAM Development Inc., Donna Moxham and Linda Radford. Not pictured: Jessica Wangelin of Decor Adventures.