Pastor Ron Smith talks with visitors Betty and Al Caffo of Havre… (Matt Button | Record Staff )
Mother Nature smiled on Monday's Christmas Open House of 19th and 20th Century Historic Havre de Grace Churches, helping the annual event reach record attendance, according to its organizer.
"It was wonderful," Ray Astor of Havre de Grace said. "We had more people than we've ever had — a big turnout. The weather was beautiful."
Unlike a year ago when snow and ice intervened and forced postponement, the sun was shining Monday, a slight breeze was blowing and temperatures approached 50 degrees.
"I was very pleasantly surprised; the people were out en masse," Astor said.
This year was the 13th for the free, self-guided tour sponsored by the Susquehanna Ministerium.
The six stops on the tour were Havre de Grace Methodist Church, St. John's Episcopal Church, St. Patrick Catholic Church, First Baptist Church, Grace Reformed Episcopal Church and St. James AME Church.