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'Holiday Town Tour' is Dec. 12 in Mt. Pleasant area

| Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, 7:51 p.m.
Kelly Vernon | Trib Total Media
Josie Price, 4, helps her mother, Kelly Price of Mt. Pleasant, decorate their home along Hitchman Street in the borough for the Mt. Pleasant Area Historical Society's Holiday Town Tour to take place Dec. 12.
Kelly Vernon | Trib Total Media
Carol Show adds the finishing touches to decorations in the dining room of the Alverton home of her mother, Betty Claycomb, on State Route 981 in preparation for they prepare for the society's tour.

Members of the Mt. Pleasant Area Historical Society are excited to host its 13th annual “Holiday Town Tour” from 2-8 p.m. Dec. 12, according to Carol Yancosky, the event's coordinator.

Entrants for this year's installment jumped at the chance to showcase their homes for the event, she said.

In a unique twist, the event will feature a local church and a Mt. Pleasant Township business plaza, along with four private residences, Yancosky said.

“This is our biggest fundraiser,” she said.

The proceeds from the event benefit the historical society.

Transfiguration of Our Lord Polish National Catholic Church on Bridgeport Street in Mt. Pleasant Township will be the featured house of worship for this year's tour.

The church will feature several nativity scenes on display in its social hall, said Ann Rosky, the parish's council secretary.

It will be the second time the church has been featured on the tour, but the first since it relocated to its current location, she said.

The featured business plaza, the Norvelt Business Plaza, will include tours of a majority of the plaza's 12 tenants, including Electro-Glass Products, said Jim Schmidt, president of Electro-Glass Products.

Most of the participants will offer snacks and beverages during the tour, he said.

A dozen decorated trees are expected to fill the facility, he said.

An added feature will be visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 2-5 p.m. for children, Schmidt said.

“Parents will have the opportunity to take photos of their children with Santa during that time,” he said.

Electro-Glass Products will also play host to a contest, he said, in which entrants will be asked to locate a pickle that will be hidden somewhere along the tour route of the facility, he said.

“The individual that finds the pickle will receive $100,” Schmidt said.

The Cherry Street home of BillieLynn Hoadwonic will feature a Frank Sinatra and Downton Abbey theme, she said.

“I thought it would be nice to participate and a special way to celebrate my daughter's first Christmas,” Hoadwonic said.

Jill and Ronald Kastner will open their home along Church Street, also known as the Levinson house, Yancosky said.

It is the family's first time on the tour, and no set theme has yet been decided, Jill Kastner said.

The Hitchman Street home of Kelly and Brandon Trice will be another one of the stops along the tour route.

The first floor will be open for the tour with some unique features original to the home, Kelly Trice said.

“I'm anxious to show off some of the original features of the house that date before 1880, especially the pocket doors,” she said.

The 1904 home of Betty “Busy Bee” Claycomb in Alverton, located near Southmoreland High School, will also be showcased along the route.

Claycomb's daughter, Carol Show, who has decorated at the White House in Washington D.C., will create a Christmas wonderland on the first- and second-floors of the home, she said.

A tree in the den will feature ornaments that are all completely edible, Show said, from the stringed cranberries and popcorn to gingerbread, candy and sugar bells.

Making bells from sugar is a family tradition, she said.

The home will feature four, decorated fireplaces and 20 nativity scenes, Show said.

Owners of tour sites have been given the option, but are not required, to have snacks for guests, Yancosky said.

They have been encouraged to share some of their homes' histories or decorating styles with guests, she said.

Event attendees will be given booties for guests to slip over their shoes to protect the homes on the tour, Yancosky said.

Signs will be placed in the yards of participating homes to aid visitors in locating each stop, she said.

Those interested in taking the tour are encouraged to acquire a program of the suggested route at the Overly Log Cabin at 422 Washington St. in the borough, where tickets will be available for purchase during Saturday's “Christmas at the Cabin” event, either in advance or the day of the event.

The cost to attend will be $15 per ticket for adults, and children ages 11 and younger will be admitted free of charge.

Advance ticket sales are available at Coke's Barber Shop and Roots Hair Salon on Main Street, as well as at the tax office in the borough building at 1 Etze Ave.

Kelly Vernon is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-547-5722 or

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