Homework: Brighton Heights, Ligonier host annual home tours
While many communities are sponsoring garden tours this time of year, two areas are offering a chance to go inside on their annual house tours.
• The Brighton Heights Citizens Federation brings you the ninth annual Brighton Heights House Tour from 1 to 5 p.m. June 9. The tour this year includes eight stops and focuses on the area around Cornell, Harvard Circle and Purdue. The walking tour again will include the popular chocolate theme, with a chocolate at each stop. There also will be artworks at each stop. Tickets are $15 on the day of the tour, which starts at St. Cyril of Alexandria Church.
Details: 412-734-0233 or www.brightonheights.org
• The ninth annual self-guided Ligonier Valley Home Tour, sponsored by Lincoln Highway Heritage Center, Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Ligonier Valley Historical Society, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 15. The tour features several Ligonier Valley homes, including two built within the past five years. Tickets are $25 if purchased before June 9, $30 if purchased from June 10 to 15. Reserve tickets online at www.ligonierhometour.com; by mail to LHHC, 3435 Route 30 East, Latrobe, Pa. 15650; or stop by the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor office on Route 30.
Strawberries are ripening, and you can go to Soergel Orchards in Franklin Park to pick the red fruit yourself. At Soergel's annual Strawberry Festival, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 9, visitors can go into the orchards with buckets to pick their own strawberries.
You can ride Big Red, a 1973 fire truck, around the grounds, ride a pony, take a hayride through the apple orchard and more.
Bakers and cooks are invited to submit original recipes for strawberry dishes in the Soergel Orchards Very Berry Recipe Contest. The winner will receive a $75 Soergel's gift card, and the winning recipe might be offered at Soergel's bakery.
At the festival, visitors can eat strawberry desserts, such as strawberry shortcake and strawberry-lemonade cupcakes.
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— Staff and wire reports
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