Tickets are now on sale for the Mount Prospect Historical Society's 25th annual Holiday Housewalk which will highlight Mount Prospect's historic Busse's Eastern Addition, just east of downtown on the north side of the tracks. The walk will be held from 3:30-9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30.
The interiors of five private homes will be featured this year. The exterior of four other historic homes will also be highlighted, as will St. Paul Lutheran Church and the Dietrich Friedrichs House Museum.
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The homes featured this year, both inside and outside, are: 111 S. Maple St., owned by Dan and Chris Burkhard; 109 S. Maple St., owned by the Raymond Waters Family; 13 S. Maple St., owned by Tom and Barb Meier; 104 S. Elm St., owned by Scott and Juliet Moon; and 14 S. Elm St., owned by Mike and Cathy Pierce.
The exteriors of 9 S. Maple St., owned by Ken and Anita Chapman; 21 S. Maple St., owned by Pam Dammen; 10 S. Elm St., owned by Mike and Joanie Schwarzbeck; and 105 S. Elm St., owned by Bob Dooley and Bill Reddy will also be highlighted with historical notes featured on a lighted podium.
All of the homes will be exciting to tour in their own ways, whether because of the historic flavor, lovely decorating or the renovation work that has been done, according to Jill Tumberger, housewalk co-chairman.
Tour goers will pick up their programs at either the Dietrich Friedrichs House Museum, 101 S. Maple St. or at St. Paul Church, 100 S. School St. There will be refreshments, a small craft boutique and raffles going on at St. Paul throughout the evening. The museum campus will feature the work of the Sew-Bee-It Quilters, as well as the museum store, tours of the first floor of the museum and the will call table for tickets ordered through PayPal.
As usual, this walking tour will be accented by luminaria.
Commentary in the homes will be provided by volunteers from local organizations, schools and the community. Local florists and homeowners will provide the decorations. This year's featured florists are Busse Flowers and Gifts of Mount Prospect, Gigi's Blossoms and Baskets and Pesche's Flowers of Des Plaines and Mariano's Market and Amling's at Sylvia's of Arlington Heights.
Tickets will be sold for $25 each through Thursday, Nov. 29, at First Merit Bank, 50 N. Main St.; Mount Prospect State Bank, 299 W. Central Road; Busse Flowers and Gifts, 100 E. Northwest Highway.; Elements Diet and Fitness, 106 S. Emerson St.; River Trails' Weiss Center, 1500 E. Euclid Ave.; Lions Park, 411 S. Maple St.; Millie's Hallmark, 1024 S. Elmhurst Road, Dave's Specialty Foods, 105 W. Prospect Ave., and the Dietrich Friedrichs House Museum, 101 S. Maple St.
For the first time this year, tickets are also available through PayPal at www.mtphist.org. Those tickets can be picked up at a "will call" desk located inside the museum during the walk.
Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the walk, beginning at 3 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 100 S. School St. But the cost will be $27 per person at that time.
"The housewalk is the society's largest fundraiser of the year," explains Tumberger. "Its proceeds support the many educational endeavors of the society and help to pay for upkeep on our more than 100-year-old museum. We urge the public to support our effort to preserve local history through enjoying the housewalk and our other activities throughout the year."
Phone the society at (847) 392-9006 for information or log onto www.mtphist.org.
This year's walk is sponsored by Novak and Parker appliances of Mount Prospect.
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