Vienna sets luminaria event and homes tour
VIENNA — From 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 1,500 luminarias will be rolled out to line Vienna’s streets for the 36th year. Walk, ride the free Vienna tram or drive to enjoy the scenery and decorated homes.
During the evening, guests are invited to visit historical buildings and homes, enjoy entertainment at local churches and visit with Santa.
The headquarters for the evening will be the Vienna Heritage Museum, 303 Race St., where house tour tickets will be available for sale. The cost is $5 per person, with children under 6 admitted free. All other activities will be free during the evening.
While at the museum, visitors may view a variety of memorabilia from the area, as well as a button-making demonstration by Daniel Martinek. Free hot drinks and treats also will be served at the museum.
At 106 Race St., the former ferry tender’s house, guests and children can visit and take pictures with Santa.
Homes on the house tour include the Ewell House at the end of Race Street, adjacent to the boat ramp, where Tim Brower and Brenda Bassford invite visitors to enjoy the home decorated in a 1760 style; 113 Water St., owned by Elise and Harvey Altergott; 119 Water St., owned by Lynn and Jewell Fluharty; the former Customs House at the corner of Church and Water streets; 105 Church St., owned by Valerie Nwakudo and her sons; Pearcy’s Purchase at the corner of Middle and Church streets, owned by Leslee and Steve Levin; and 401 Linden Lane, owned by Brad McCready.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will host seasonal music from Vienna Elementary School students, directed by music teacher Richard White, at 6:30 p.m. At the Vienna United Methodist Church, Bob Pinto will play the keyboard, and drinks and treats will be served at the fellowship hall.
The Water Street Gallery and the Captain John Smith Nanticoke River Discovery Center also will be open to visitors during the evening. In the former Nanticoke Inn, a Nanticoke River-related exhibit and native American artifacts will be on display, including items from the Flagel Collection found at the former Chicone Nanticoke Indian Reservation located north of town.
For ease of parking off the streets, the recommended place to start the evening’s activities is to park at the Edwin A. Murphy Community Center, 104 Race St., or at the Vienna Town Hall and ball field, Market Street and Middle Street extended. The Vienna free tram will take visitors to the museum and to other stops in town.
The event is sponsored by the Vienna Heritage Society and the Chicone Ruritan Club. For more information, call 443-235-5298.
The late 1700’s home of the Levines to be open Saturday, Dec. 17.