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Scottdale area homes throw open their doors in holiday style

Mary Pickels
| Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, 8:55 p.m.
Loucks Homestead will be the start of this year's Scottdale Historical Society's annual Christmas House Tour, held on Dec. 2.
Loucks Homestead will be the start of this year's Scottdale Historical Society's annual Christmas House Tour, held on Dec. 2.
California University of Pennsylvania's Cal U Caroloers will entertain guests during the West Overton Village and Museum stop of the Scottdale Historical Society's Christmas House Tour on Dec. 2.
California University of Pennsylvania's Cal U Caroloers will entertain guests during the West Overton Village and Museum stop of the Scottdale Historical Society's Christmas House Tour on Dec. 2.
An example of Scherenschnitte paper cutting, which folk artists Polly and Marion Mitchell will demonstrate as part of the West Overton Village and Museum's Christmas Market on Dec. 2.
An example of Scherenschnitte paper cutting, which folk artists Polly and Marion Mitchell will demonstrate as part of the West Overton Village and Museum's Christmas Market on Dec. 2.
West Overton Village and Museum will again hold a Holiday Open House this year, offering tours of the mansion and spring house, a vendors' market, music and other activities on Dec. 2.
West Overton Village and Museum will again hold a Holiday Open House this year, offering tours of the mansion and spring house, a vendors' market, music and other activities on Dec. 2.

Historic homes in Scottdale and East Huntingdon will be on display in all of their holiday finery on Dec. 2.

The Scottdale Historical Society 's annual Christmas House Tour is 2-6 p.m. and West Overton Village and Museum 's annual Holiday Open House is noon-6 p.m.

The Christmas House Tour will begin at the historic Loucks Homestead, 527 N. Chestnut St.

The Federal style homestead was built in 1835 and remodeled in the 1880s Victorian style. Its Christmas decor will be presented by Miss Martha's Floral designers David Mardis and Becky Halfhill.

The spring house will be open and will showcase entries from the third annual elementary school art contest.

The lower level of the Loucks House will be open for tour guests to view a vintage candle collection and elaborate holiday village.

The historical society will offer holiday baskets for raffle, with carolers and organists providing entertainment and refreshments provided throughout the day.

Seven other homes, as well as the Geyer Performing Arts Center , are on this year's house tour, Tom Zwierzelewski, society president, says in a press release.

Features visitors will see include grand staircases, French doors, leaded glass windows, original mill work, fountains, and exposed brick.

Opened in the 1890s as the Geyer Opera House, the performing arts center now hosts stage productions and live events. Guides in period dress will provide the history and backstage tours of the Pittsburgh Street theater.

At West Overton Village and Museums, guests also will find docents in period costume giving tours of the mansion's second floor museum. The open house includes a visit to the 1830s summer kitchen for holiday treats.

The lower level of the Distillery Museum will be open for a vendors' market with children's craft area.

Nationally known folk artists Polly and Marion Mitchell will be demonstrating and selling Scherenschnitte paper cutting and wood bending.

They will hold a Scherenschnitte workshop 2-4 p.m. Dec. 3, where participants will learn the basics of paper cutting and make their own Christmas ornaments.

The workshop is limited to 20 people and has a $10 fee.

Register by calling 724-887-7910 or at westovertonvillage.org/events.

California University of Pennsylvania's Cal U Carolers will roam and sing from building to building, while visitors enjoy pressed cider and live harp music.

West Overton is a Toys for Tots donation center this year, and also is teaming up with market vendor Cookies & Cakes by Caroline to accept donations of hats, gloves, and sweaters for a women's shelter.

Scottdale's Winter Light Celebration will take place at the gazebo park, near the Scottdale Public Library. Hosted by the Scottdale Chamber of Commerce, it will include a visit from Santa Claus at 4 p.m., craft show and activities and treats for children until 7 p.m.

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5401 or mpickels@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MaryPickels.

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