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Mt. Pleasant Holiday Town Tour expands

| Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, 4:27 p.m.
Hanging signs for the Mt. Pleasant Holiday Town Tour are event co-chairs Cynthia Stevenson (left) and Carol Yancosky.

From having an interest in different types of architecture to looking for new ideas for holiday decorating, those who take part in the annual Mt. Pleasant Holiday Town Tour may do so for different reasons, but event organizers are glad that they continue to support the event.

The event will be celebrating its 13th year as a fundraising event for the Mt. Pleasant Area Historical Society and will take visitors on a trip that includes sites outside the borough.

“We are called the Mt. Pleasant Area Historical Society, and we felt that perhaps it was time that we broadened our horizons a little more,” event co-chair and historical society member Cynthia Stevenson said of the event that features homes in the borough as well as in Alverton and the township. “We have some nice sites featured this year on the tour that we hope people will enjoy.”

The tour is self-paced and those who take part can visit the sites in any order that they prefer, although there is a suggested route.

“People need to stop at the log cabin to get their maps of the sites and we do have a suggested route for them to take,” event co-chair and society member Carol Yancosky said. “People are free to go to whatever location they like, but we do offer suggestions on a preferred route that might make it easier for them.”

The tour will feature four private homes that will be lavishly decorated in different styles and themes. It will also include an area church and the entire lobby area of the Norvelt Plaza.

Yancosky said that they have new homes on the tour this year, and the group is always happy to hear how well the homeowners from previous years had enjoyed the opportunity to showcase their houses as part of the tour.

“We hear some really nice things about people who have been a part of the tour,” Yancosky said. “It's also nice to see that this year's participants are so enthusiastic about being a part of the tour and opening their homes for the event.”

The tour again will serve as a fundraising event for the group, which also hosts the annual school and community picnic, Glass Festival open houses and food sales, and Christmas at the Cabin events.

All proceeds from the tour go to the Mt. Pleasant Area Historical Society general fund.

“This is always a nice event, and we hope to see people come out to enjoy the tour while also helping to support the historical society,” Stevenson said, adding that every year, they seem to have more and more people who inquire about the event and show interest in participating. “People seem to enjoy this and we enjoy doing it for the community.”

The event will be held rain or shine.

“The weather always plays an important part in our turnout,” Stevenson said. “We are hoping for a nice day that people can enjoy as they take part in the tour. It's a really nice way to enjoy the holidays.”

The Mt. Pleasant Holiday Town tour will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15.

Tickets will be available the day of the event at the society's Log Home on Washington Street or they can be purchased in advance at the borough tax offices, the Mt. Pleasant Area historical offices located in Hayden's Pharmacy building or Coke's Barber Shop.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.