Housewalk 2012 Is Here Today!

Ticket for 2012 Mount Prospect Historical Society HousewalkTickets have been on sale since November 1 for the Mount Prospect Historical Society’s 25th annual Holiday Housewalk which will highlight Mount Prospect’s historic Busse’s Eastern Addition, just east of downtown on the north side of the tracks. The walk will be held from 3:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30.

The interiors of five private homes, Mount Prospect’s 1906 historic house museum and the sanctuary of an historic Lutheran congregation will be featured on the tour this year, along with the exteriors of four notable historic homes.

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 the Dietrich Friedrich house museum, 101 S. Maple St. The Sew-Bee-It Quilters will be selling handmade items and the museum store will be open in the Society’s Education Center behind the museum. A small craft boutique, refreshments, exhibits and raffles will be featured in the lobby and hallway of St. Paul Lutheran Church, 100 S. School St., which is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary and is also featured on the tour.

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 of Mount Prospect, Gigi’s Blossoms and Baskets and Pesche’s Flowers of Des Plaines and Mariano’s Market and Amling’s at Sylvia’s of Arlington Heights.

Tickets were sold for $25 each through Nov. 29 at First Merit Bank, 50 N. Main St.; Mt. Prospect State Bank, 299 W. Central Rd.; Busse Flowers and Gifts, 100 E. Northwest Highway; Millie’s Hallmark, 1024 S. Elmhurst Rd.; Elements Diet and Fitness, 106 S. Emerson St.; River Trails’ Weiss Center, 1500 E. Euclid Ave.; Lions Park, 411 S. Maple St.; Dave’s Specialty Foods, 105 W. Prospect Ave.; and the Dietrich Friedrichs House museum, 101 S. Maple St.

Tickets will also be sold on the day of the walk, beginning at 3 p.m., at the Dietrich Friedrichs house museum, 101 S. Maple St. But the cost will be $27 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

Do you know any of these homes? Stay tuned for further details!


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