23rd Annual Housewalk Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets are now on sale for the Mount Prospect Historical Society’s 23rd annual Holiday Housewalk which will highlight South Emerson Street, as well as a townhouse on Prospect Avenue and a house on South Maple Street.  The walk will be held from 3:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3.

The interiors of five private homes will be featured on the tour this year.  The exterior of one other historic home will also be highlighted.

The homes featured this year, both inside and outside, are:  105A Prospect Ave., owned by Walt and Cindy Riesing; 214 S. Emerson St., owned by Jim and Lisa Drew; 223 S. Emerson St., owned by Ed and Sue Mahoney; 90 E. Milburn, owned by Cheryl Axley; and 400 S. Maple St., owned by Tom and Michelle Harford.  None of these interiors have ever been featured on the walk in the past.

The exterior of the home of Martin and Lindsey Kulak located at 319 S. Emerson St. will also be highlighted with historical notes featured on a lighted podium.

All of the homes will be exciting to tour in their own ways, whether because of the historic flavor, lovely decorating or the renovation work that has been done, according to Jill Tumberger, Housewalk co-chairperson.

Tour-goers will pick up their programs at South Church, 501 S. Emerson St.  There will also be refreshments, exhibits and raffles going on there.

As usual, this walking tour will be accented by beautifully-lit luminaria.

Commentary in the homes will be provided by volunteers from local organizations, schools and the community.  Local florists and homeowners will provide the decorations.  This year’s featured florists are Busse Flowers and Gifts, The Perfect Petal  and Native Floral (inside Costco), all of Mount Prospect, Gigi’s Blossoms and Baskets of Des Plaines and Amling’s at Sylvia’s of Arlington Heights.

Tickets will be sold for $20 each through Dec. 2 at First Merit Bank, 50 N. Main St.; Mt. Prospect State Bank, 20 E. Northwest Hwy.; Busse Flowers and Gifts, 100 E. Northwest Highway; Elements Diet and Fitness, 106 S. Emerson St.; River Trails’ Weiss Center, 1500 E. Euclid Ave.; Lions Park Recreation  Center, 411 S. Maple St.; Brie’s Gift Gallery, 710 E. Northwest Hwy.; Dave’s Specialty Foods, 105 W. Prospect Ave.; and the Dietrich Friedrichs House museum, 101 S. Maple St.

Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the walk, beginning at 3 p.m. at South Church, 501 S. Emerson St.  But the cost will be $22 per person at that time.

“The Housewalk is the Society’s largest fund-raiser of the year,” explains Tumberger.  “Its proceeds support the many educational endeavors of the Society and help to pay for upkeep on our more than 100-year-old museum.  We urge the public to support our effort to preserve local history through enjoying the Housewalk and our other activities throughout the year.”

Phone the Society at 847/392-9006 for more information.

This year’s walk is sponsored by Novak and Parker Appliances of Mount Prospect and Lowe’s of Arlington Heights.

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