The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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December 5, 2012

Day, evening home tours feature festive look at Palestine residences

PALESTINE — Palestine residents will get the chance to tour seven historic homes decorated for the holidays during the “Heart & Tinsel” and “Candlelight & Tinsel” Tour of Homes on Saturday as part of the Frost Fest activities in Palestine.

“There have been prior historic homes tours here, given by the various clubs in Palestine and decorated by them expressly for the events. However, this time around, the homeowners themselves are decorating with their own styles, whether it be an abundance of Christmas trees and decorations or simple candles in the windows. Whatever they decide, the homes themselves will shine,” event organizer Marti Moronko said.

Two tours will be featured including one in the Northside Historical District and one in the Southside Historical District.

“The home owners are really enthusiastic. Several of them will be in period dress and some have made plans to serve gingerbread and wassail,” Moronko said.

The early afternoon tour, “Hearth & Tinsel” will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Northside Historical District, while the early evening tour, “Candlelight & Tinsel” will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Southside Historical District. There are different homes on each tour.

In addition, two tea events — “Tea & Tinsel” — will be held in conjunction with the tours at the historic Magnolia Street Bed & Breakfast, 421 S. Magnolia St., with two seating times, from 3 to 4 p.m. and from 4 to 5 p.m.

The prices for the home tours are $15 each with both selling for $25, and the teas are $15 per person.

“The teas have limited capacity, so the proprietors of the Magnolia Street Inn Bed & Breakfast ask that those tickets be purchased prior to Friday,” Moronko said. “The purpose of the teas is to introduce the visitors to the hospitality and warmth of our city on a more personal basis.”

All tickets for the home tours and tea sittings may be purchased in advance through Friday at the Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce office at 401 W. Main St. in Palestine or online at

Home tour tickets will be available Saturday at the Frost Fest event in downtown Palestine or the Palestine Visitor Information Center, 825 W. Spring St.

Here is a description the homes on the tours:

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