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78 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, November 27 - December 3, 1998 Milton's Annual (hristmas House Tour Dec, 12: tickets on sale By Rosanne Pack The annual Holly Festival and a Christmas house tour are planned to keep visitors in a holiday mood in Milton on Saturday, Dec. 12. Admission to the festival is free; $8 advance-sale tickets for the house tour went on sale this week. The festival is sponsored by the Milton Chamber of Commerce and it features more than 70 ven- dors and artists who will be sell- ing holiday decorations, gifts and greens in the fire hall and Goshen Hall. The festival is 10 a.m tO 3 p.m.; admission is free and re- freshments will be on sale. Even Santa Claus is scheduled to set up shop in the chamber of- fice and he will greet visitors throughout the day. A tradition revived, the house tour is sponsored this year by the Town of Milton Tourism Com- mittee. From 3 to 7 p.m., the tour features eight homes, many of his- toric relevance to the town; sever- al businesses will also participate in welcoming guests during tour hours. Many of the homes will serve refreshments and all will be dressed out in colors and themes of the season. Tickets purchased in advance are $8; $10 the day of thetour. Advance tickets are available in Milton Town Hall and the Milton Chamber of Commerce office; tickets will be on sale in the fire hall during the Holly Festival. The, tickets will serve as a map and a description and the location of each home is included. The following homes will be open for the Milton Christmas House Tour: 1. 105 Atlantic St., Mara and Chip Hunsicker. The bright, sun- yellow house sits on Atlantic, al- most in the center of town. Al- though it is known to be older, the earliest deed that the current own- ers can locate dates 1857. The young owners said that they love decorating for the holidays and they have combined their collec- tions of ornaments and holiday items from their own childhood. Included in some of the unusual decorations are antique glass beads that belonged to a former owner of the home and "old, old glass ornaments" that belonged to Mara' s great-grandmother.  Preparing for the holiday season means Christmas everywhere for the Hunsickers, upstairs and down, and outside with wreaths and lights. 2. 313 Mill St., Richard Moon- blatt. The sea captain Joseph Bal- sam probably never thought the word "eclectic" when he built his home in Milton in 1750. Moon- blatt tells holiday visitors to the red house on Mill Street to expect eclectic as they tour his house. The home is actually two houses, pht a summer k)tchen, that meld- ed into one home with a history. The older 1770s Colonial section - including the summer kitchen that became a den - and the "new" 1850s Victorian section were all restored appropriately to the style of their eras. The houses sat as va- cant shells for 75 years before the present owner took on the restora- tion 10 years ago. He was able to retain much of the original wood- work and flooring and even doors dressed with their old hinges. The furnishings and seasonal decora- tions throughout the house reflect Moonblatt's love of travel. Many of the 55 countries that he has vis- ited are represented in art and arti- facts displayed in every room. Christmas offerings from through- out the Americas remind visitors of the many forms of celebration. 3. 305 Federal St., Myron Burton. According to the owner, even a work in progress gets dressed up for the holidays and his Neo-Coloniai home is no excep- tion. The home is another that was originally two separate houses. For the holidays, it is decorated with old-fashioned touches that complement the many East Lake Victorian furnishings. Moved to- gether sometime before the turn- of-the-century, the two homes joined into one still retain much of the original woodwork, including cherry and oak found in the shut- ters and tongue-in-groove floors. The historic house is remembered by many as the Wilson home and funeral parlor. Six years ago, Bur- ton became the owner and began the restoration that continues to- day. He also continues the Wilson tradition of opening the home, up- stairs and down, for a holiday cel- ebration. Special features include a walnut card table that belonged to Burton's great-great-grand- mother, a mahogany chest and a rope bed from the 1820s and a liv- ing room desk from 1810. He said an old-fashioned Christmas tree in the living room, circled by an electric train, completes the at- mosphere of a traditional Christ- mas. 4. 304 Federal St., Barbara Brewer and Mary Maxey. The owners feel that the "stickworlc" sunburst designs on the eaves of this 1860s Federal-style home give it a look of celebration year- round. Their holiday decorations are chosen to complement the pe- riod antiques, and such features as a delicate Victorian Christmas tree and classic floral arrange- ments greet the visitor to the for- mal living and dining area. Tradi- tion gives way to a more whimsi- cal touch in the keeping room and large country kitchen as snowmen peek from every corner. Brewer and Maxey invite visitors to foil- low the backyard path from the el- egance of the house to the rustic, backwoods feel of the loft of the turn-of-the-century brick carriage house. A large, homey Christmas tree, a hot cup of holiday cheer and seasonal refreshments can be enjoyed in the comfort of their own "fishing camp," complete with antique fishing memorabilia. 5. 204 Federal St., Robert Fritz, Ph.D., F.R.S.A. Traditional decorations coileqted over the Rosanne Pack photo Starting to look a lot like Christmas with wreaths decking the walls, the historic home of Ruth Post will soon be decorated inside and out for the Milton Christmas House Tour Satur- day, Dec. 12. The 3-to-7 p.m. tour is sponsored by the Milton Tourism Committee. Tickets for $8 went on sale this week; tickets purchased the day of the tour are $10. years greet the holiday guest to Adagio, the home that Fritz feels speaks of the stately, paaceful at- mosphere enjoyed in the pond- view home. Federal/Colonial in style, the house was built in 1830 by one of Milton's many ship cap- tains, James Adkins. Fritz credits former owners Emily and Richard Draper for a loving restoration in 1949 and '50. For the holidays, the present owner decorates three trees, in the parlor, the libra}y and the dining room. As a musician, he finds himself attracted to many decorations that reflect his love of music. Many of his handmade wooden decorations come from a collection years n the making. Ir- eluded in his "mishmash" of deco- rations are old pieces that came down through his family, some that possibly made the migration from Romania. 6. 102 S. Union St., Ruth Post. A house that spans centuries and styles, the earliest portion of Post's home was a Colonial tavern built in the 1770s; the Victorian front of the house was added in 1860. Already hung with wreaths at every window outside, she said trimmed trees will greet visitors in several rooms. One is a 10-foot Victoriln tree covered with an- tique and ndw German glass orna- ments; another, smaller tree fea- tures hundreds of old celluloid an- imals. Antique and contemporary Santas are displayed throughout the decorated rooms. In every room prepared for he tour, visi- tors will see the unRlue details of the house, including original woodwork, a slate mantle, piaster ceiling medallions, ornamental fireplaces and collections of Chi- nese porcelain and art glass. The summer kitchen of Ruth's house has been restored and converted into the Christmas Shop that fea- tures primitive and traditional, handmade and imported decora- tions, candles and toys. 7. 320 Union St., Carol and Tony Boyd-Heron. An historic Victorian from the 1850s and once the home of still another Milton ship captain, The Captain William Russell House is now a spacious bed and breakfast on the main street of town. The inrtkeepers will decorate throughout, with each guest room illustrating its own in- dividual theme with a holiday vi- gnette. A theme of wine and music will be carried out in the living room. Fresh greens will accent the decorations and the lady of the house promises a surprise in the kitchen. 8. 338 Union St., Lib and Tuck Clendaniel. Santa Claus is the man of the hour and of the season in the Clendaniel home. Santa Clauses can be seen on the tree, on the shelves, on tlie tables, all over the downstairs, from the front of the house to the back. The Clen- daniels collect figures of the Jolly Old Elf and their collection spans years and styles. There are 300 to 400 of them, and the owners enjoy Briefly IR Hfesaving Station open house Dec. 4-6 The Indian River Lifesaving Station will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday - Sunday, Dec. 4-6. There will he refreshments and a free gift to the first 50 customers each day who purchase an item from the girl shop. With each $10 spent, customers will receive a free raffle ticket for a chance to win a gift basket filled with items from the gift shop and valued at more than $200. The open house will also feature a l0 percent dis- count on any one item in the gift shop. Discounts will not be given on phone orders. Ellen Rice, Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation artist of the year, will the fact that they range in value from "25 cents on up." The tree is trimmed entirely with Santas and larger versions rest throughout the house, some primitive handicrafts, many finely detailed works of art. In addition to the hospitality of Milton residents, several area businesses will welcome visitors during the afternoon and evening of the Milton Christmas House tour. Decorations, lights, florals and even some refreshments await those who stroll downtown or travel out to Route 16. Included in those shops that will be open are A Walk Thru Time, Jail House Art & Antiques, the Christmas Shop, the Riverwalk Shoppe, Federal Street Financial Services and the Milton Chamber of Commerce of- rice. All of Milton will be lighted and festooned with greens and signs of the season. For information on the Holly Festival or the house tour, call the chamber office, 684-1101 or Town Hall, 684-4110. be on hand at the open house to sign prints. Customers will receive 10 percent off each "Last Watch" print sold during the evenL Call 227-6475 for artist hours. Worcester School sets Christmas Bazaar Dec. 6 The Worcester Country School will hold its 27th annual Christ- mas Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6, on the school grounds, South Main Street, Berlin, Md. The communi- ty is invited to shop at booths, in- cluding "The Bakery," "Baskets, Baskets," "Book Fair," "Caft." "Chinese Auction," "Crafty Christmas," "The Festival of Trees," "Greenery," "Kids' Activ- ities," "Longaberger Raffle," "Piz- za Kits," "Santa Pictures," "Sec- ond Time Around," "Silent Auc- tion" and the "Worcester Country School Artisans." For more infor- mation, call 410-641-3575.