Tour lights up the square annually
Washington people will have a chance to view some of the finest homes in town and help to decorate the square for the 2013 holidays at the same time when the Christmas Tour of Homes, hosted by the Washington Chamber of Commerce, is held Dec. 1 and 2.
Chamber director Michelle Peiffer said that the tour is a way the chamber can showcase some homes in the community. She said the proceeds from the event go to the decoration of the downtown area for the annual lighted parade. This evening, the 2012 lighting of the square will take place at 5 p.m., as the chamber co-sponsors the lighted parade with Main Street Washington. Peiffer said the chamber maintains and purchases new bulbs for the display. She also said having the tour to help fund the light display is a win-win.
“We feature a variety of homes, whether they are new construction, historic homes, and homes with a lot of character,” Peiffer said. “They will all be decorated for the holidays. It is a good way for the community to get out there and see a variety of different homes.”
Houses featured on the tour will include: Ed and Ericka Raber, 518 S. Iowa Ave.; Linda Soukup, 527 W. Washington Blvd.; Joe and Jane Evanovich, 320 W. Second St.; Trent and Teresa Whisler, 1008 E. Main St.; and Brian and Kim Coleman, 2667 Wayland Road.
The tours began in 1991. Peiffer commented that the Evanovich house was also featured in the first tour. She said the tour committee had chosen the houses that will be featured.
“We try to look for homes that have a wide appeal,” she said. “We look for homes that are new that people are curious about or are historic or have a certain feature.”
She said the Whisler house would provide plenty of holiday decorations this year. She also said each room in the Coleman house is being sponsored by a different retailer.
Peiffer said people not interested in going on the tour would be able to donate to help fund the lighting. She said that boxes would be available throughout town.
The chamber offers self-guided tours or tours with transportation. On Saturday, a special is also offered to provide a tour, transportation and dinner. For more information, contact the Chamber at 653-3272.