27th ANNUAL HOUSEWALK TICKETS ON SALE NOVEMBER 1ST
Tickets go on sale November 1 for the Mount Prospect Historical Society’s 27th annual Holiday Housewalk which will highlight parts of Mount Prospect’s historic Prospect Park and Prospect Highlands subdivisions, south of the tracks along Emerson and Main Streets. The walk will be held from 3:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5.
The interiors of five private homes, built between 1930 and 1948, will be featured on the tour this year. The exteriors of four other historic homes will also be highlighted.
The homes featured this year, both inside and outside, are: 401 S. Main Street, owned by Rick and Caren Schmehl; 404 S. Main Street, owned by Robert and Amy Cimarusti; 409 S. Main Street, owned by Joshua and Karen Hess; 419 S. Main Street, owned by Kevin and Cecilia McTigue; and 514 S. Emerson Street, owned by Mark and Karen Ackermann.
The exteriors of 405 S. Main Street, 502 S. Main Street, 509 S. Main Street and 506 S. Emerson Street will also be highlighted with historical notes featured on lighted outdoor podiums.
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.
The tour will begin at South Church, 501 S. Emerson Street, where refreshments will be offered and watercolors of the featured houses displayed. Museum store items will also be sold there. The “will call” table for tickets ordered through PayPal will also be located at the church.
As usual, this walking tour will be accented by beautifully-lit luminaria. Parking will be available along neighborhood streets.
Commentary in the homes will be provided by volunteers from local organizations, businesses, schools and the community. Local florists and homeowners will provide the decorations. This year’s featured florists are Busse Flowers and Gifts and The Purple Rose of Mount Prospect, Gigi’s Blossoms and Baskets and Pesche’s Flowers of Des Plaines and Mariano’s Market of Arlington Heights.
Non-refundable tickets will be sold for $25 each through Dec. 4 at First Merit Bank, 50 N. Main St.; Mount Prospect State Bank, 299 W. Central Rd.; Busse Flowers and Gifts, 100 E. Northwest Highway; River Trails’ Weiss Center, 1500 E. Euclid Ave.; Lions Park Recreation Center, 411 S. Maple St.; Millie’s Hallmark, 1024 S. Elmhurst Rd., Dave’s Specialty Foods, 105 W. Prospect Ave., and the Dietrich Friedrichs House museum, 101 S. Maple St.
Tickets are also available through PayPal at www.mtphist.org. Those tickets can be picked up at a “will call” desk located at the church during the walk.
Last-minute decision-makers may also purchase tickets on the day of the walk, beginning at 3 p.m. at South Church, 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 nearly 120-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 or log onto www.mtphist.org.
This year’s walk is sponsored by Novak and Parker appliances and Mrs. P & Me restaurant, both of Mount Prospect.