Westminster Holiday House Tour features sights, sounds of the season

Neighbors

November 30, 1998|By Lisa Breslin | Lisa Breslin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WESTMINSTER'S Holiday House Tour will include not only some of the city's most breathtaking homes but also lots of entertainment.

From 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, volunteers from all over the county will serenade folks as they walk through homes on Willis and Court streets: carolers from East Middle School and Girl Scout Troop 88; a string quartet from South Carroll; harpist Emily White; a brass band; tuba player Andrew Spang and his wife, Laura Baker, a pianist.

"It will be quite a day of visual as well as listening entertainment," said Laurie Walters, one of the organizers.

This year's tour is sponsored by Westminster's Historic District Commission and the Department of Recreation. Proceeds from the $12 admission fee will go toward the Carroll Children's Fund, a nonprofit organization that was structured to assist with the health care needs of uninsured and underinsured county children.

The first home tour took place two years ago around Belgrove Square and earned $4,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Advance ticket sales this year have already topped 300.

"Countless volunteers and generous business donations guarantee that this tour will also be a success," Walters said.

Weeks before the tour, florists and a few local businesses "adopt" a home to decorate. They meet with the homeowner to discuss decorations and a budget. Most of the decorations are financed by the homeowner, but businesses often donate items for the tour as well.

This year's participating businesses include The Cutting Garden, Stewart N. Dutterer Flower Shop, The Flower Box, Inspirations, The Hickory Stick, Hocks Floral Design and Flowers by Evelyn.

In addition to the homes on Court and Willis streets, Ascension Episcopal Church and its rectory, as well as the old courthouse will be open for the tours.

Art students from Westminster High School created sketches of each site on the tour for a catalog that comes with each ticket. The catalog includes written descriptions of homes and historic locations and an entertainment schedule.

Also included in the ticket price is a 10 percent discount at 10 restaurants in town Friday through Dec. 11.

Anyone who wants a sneak preview can take a tour from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Entertainment, wine and light hors d'oeuvres will be offered. Tickets for the preview tour are $25.

Information or advance tickets: 410-848-7967.

Finksburg singer in opera

Finksburg resident Laura Hewitt Zuiderveen will sing the role of the mother in an Advent production of Gian Carlo Menotti's popular Christmas opera "Amahl and the Night Visitors" at St. David's Episcopal Church on Roland Avenue in Baltimore.

The opera will be presented at 8 p.m. Dec. 11 and Dec. 13. Tickets are $12 in advance or $16 at the door.

Zuiderveen, a native of Cincinnati, received her bachelor's degree in music from Ohio State University and has done graduate work in voice at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. She works with Thomas House, a private voice teacher and vocal coach in New Holland, Pa.

Information: 410-889-3685.

Lisa Breslin's Central Carroll neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 11/30/98

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