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Mt. Pleasant holiday tour to feature homes, more

| Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Marilyn Forbes | For the Daily Courier
Mt. Pleasant Historical Society President Rick Meason adds a holiday touch to one of the windows of the Overly Log House that will be featured on this year's Holiday Homes Tour.

Those who attend the annual Holiday Homes Tour in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday will not be disappointed. The annual event will feature numerous locations in and around the borough that will be decked out in all their splendor for the holidays, according to its organizers.

Sponsored by the Mt. Pleasant Area Historical Society, the tour will feature numerous area homes, the Soda Shoppe Café, and churches that include St. Pius X in Mt. Pleasant and the Center Bethel Church in Alverton.

“I think the house tour is a great thing for our organization and the community,” said Rick Meason, historical society president. “It allows for people who go on the tour the rare opportunity to see some of our area's historical houses up close and from the inside. It also allows those people to see how different families celebrate the holiday season. It is a wonderful cultural experience.”

The event will begin at the site of the Chestnut and Overly log houses. The self-guided and self-paced tour will continue through the borough and surrounding areas.

Complete site listings, maps and suggested travel route will be available at the log cabins on the day of the fundraising event.

“This event is one of biggest fundraisers of the year,” Meason said. “The proceeds go toward our general yearly expenses. Being that we do not have another major event until the Historic Cemetery Walk in June, this event is important to us financially.”

Over the years, the tour has featured many historic as well as more modern homes in and around the town, and the Holiday Homes Tour committee works hard every year to acquire interesting locations. The tour is now celebrating its 11th year.

“This event has become a Mt. Pleasant tradition,” said Cindy Stevenson, Holiday Homes Tour committee member. “We hope that everyone will come out and experience the day with us.”

There will be many decorated trees to visit at the sites. Some locations will have themes. Refreshments will be available at the Soda Shoppe Café. A basket raffle will be held in the Overly Log House, with proceeds to benefit the society.

Meason is grateful to those who have worked so hard to keep the tradition alive in Mt. Pleasant.

“First of all, I would like to thank all of our volunteers who worked hard to put this and all of our events together,” Meason said. “ I strongly believe that this community is made better because of the Mt. Pleasant Area Historical Society, and this organization would be nothing without the dedication of our members. Secondly, I want to thank all of the people who volunteered to have their homes and businesses open to the public for our tour. This event would not be possible without those folks.”

The Mt. Pleasant Holiday Homes Tour will take place from 2-8 p.m. Tickets will be $15 and can be purchased the day of the event at the log homes located adjacent to Gazebo Park, at the corner of Washington and Diamond streets.

Tickets also can be purchased in advance at Coke's Barber Shop, the Mt. Pleasant Tax Offices and the Mt. Pleasant Historical Society office located in the In-Town-Shops.

For information, call the historical society at 724-547-9115.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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