2018-11-28

6th Annual Enfield Christmas Homes Tour

Downtown Enfield Restoration and Preservation Association (DERP) is dedicated to preserving Enfield’s rich history and revitalizing the downtown area. DERP was founded in 2010. This year the 6th Annual Christmas Homes Tour is focusing on six truly magnificent homes in Enfield and the surrounding countryside. The homes – Branch Grove, Gray Hall, Shell Castle, Glenn Burnie, Conoconnara Hall and Bellamy Manor & Gardens – have been lovingly restored by history-minded couples. As Mayor Wayne Anderson said, “You don’t really own these homes. You take care of them – for the next generation – hoping that they too will preserve these special places.”

DERP has been active in the community in 2018: the nonprofit organization sponsored the 8th Annual Enfield Fishing Creek Paddle; a Bless Your Art Show and Gala and design plans are currently being drawn up for the Town Square, which will be refurbished in the upcoming spring.

Lots of fun activities are planned for Friday, November 30, and Saturday, December 1. On Friday music starts at 4:30 p.m. and hot chocolate and cider will be served before Santa arrives on a fire truck. A dramatic reading will follow that will put participants in the Christmas spirit and there will be a tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday there will be an artisan fair starting at 9 a.m. that will end at noon. The fair will feature the work of local craftspeople, cake-makers, potters, wreath-makers and will be held at The Collective Center at 131 Whitfield Street. The 6th Annual Christmas Homes Tour begins at noon. There will also be a Dr. William Mann Book Sale at the Lodge throughout the day (books rescued from one of Dr. William Mann’s home on Franklin Street, many of them first editions). The Scoopy Dippy Doo old-fashion ice cream truck will begin serving at 9 a.m. at the Town Square. Christmas crafts for the kids will start at 9 a.m. To add to the festive spirit, Christmas carols will be sung and there will be a Tree Festival (vote for the best tree decorated by local businesses) at The Collective Center. A $10 50/50 raffle will be held with proceeds being split between the winner and DERP. An evening prayer service will be held at the Historic Episcopal Church of the Advent, 200 Batchelor Avenue, on Saturday, December 1, at 5:30 p.m. This will be followed by an after-tour party for everyone who participated or attended the tour.  The following day, Sunday, December 2, the annual Christmas service at Whitaker’s Chapel, a Heritage Landmark of the United Methodist Church and also on the National Register of Historic Places, will be held at 3 p.m. This year Whitaker’s Chapel will be celebrating its 278th anniversary.

 

For tickets to the 6th annual Christmas Homes Tour or more information, visit:  http://www.freshtix.com/events/christmas-homes-tour.  Tickets can also be purchased in advance at Aunt Ruby’s Peanuts and Southern Secrets in downtown Enfield. On the day of the Tour, tickets can be purchased at The Collective Center, on Whitfield Street, in downtown Enfield. For more information, contact Suzann Anderson at 252-445-2234.

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