Vienna sets lu­mi­naria event and homes tour

Dorchester Star - - News -

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.

PHOTO BY HARRY RINE­HART

The late 1700’s home of the Levines to be open Satur­day, Dec. 17.

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