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City Sidewalks tour set for Dec. 14

As the greenery goes up and the lights are starting to glow around town, it’s indeed beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Greenville Main Street invites you to get in the holiday spirit during the organization’s annual City Sidewalks Holiday Tour of Homes, Churches and Landmarks.

The holiday tour is slated for Saturday, December 14 from 2 to 7 p.m.

City Sidewalks 2002 will feature four of the Camellia City’s loveliest homes dressed in their Yuletide finery.

The historic Fort Dale Road home of Dr. and Mrs. Mike Reed will be one of the homes featured on the tour.

&uot;The Reed home is, we believe, the oldest home still standing in the city…it still has the original servants’ quarters in the house,&uot; notes Main Street Executive Director Nancy Idland.

She promises all visitors will see &uot;beautiful and unique holiday dcor&uot; at each and every spot on the tour.

Also included on the tour will be the Fort Dale Road and College Street homes of Tuffy and Karen Rainey, Paul and Joan Reynolds and Chris and Leitha Boutwell.

Two churches, First Baptist and First Presbyterian (the city’s oldest church) will also be part of the tour.

&uot;We will also be serving refreshments to our tour visitors at First Presbyterian,&uot; Idland says.

On Commerce Street, the restored Art Deco splendor of the Ritz Theatre and the historic home of the old First National Bank (currently the Whitney Bank) will also be decorated and open for tour visitors. The Fine Arts League will be holding their holiday art show and sale inside the turn-of-the-century bank.

&uot;In the bank’s boardroom, there will also be a small-scale camellia show to show off our beautiful local blooms to out-of-town visitors. The ‘Design Alabama’ revitalization exhibit will also be on display…and everyone is welcome to stop in and take a look at the original 1902 bank vault while they are there to see the exhibits,&uot; explains Idland. Once night falls, luminarias, spotlights and fairy lights will bring a special magic to City Sidewalks, a bonus for tour

visitors.

Local designers and decorators who will be involved in decorating the homes and churches on tour include Matt Bees, Jean Katz, Ann Daughtry, Jo Weitman, Jill Stallworth, Mary Rogers Poole, Gerri Castleberry and Idland. &uot;We also have volunteers from First Baptist Church and many others who will be assisting us both before and during the tour,&uot; Idland notes.

Parking will be available in the Stabler Clinic parking lot.

Golf carts will be available to shuttle those with mobility problems between the lot and the homes on tour.

Tickets are $15 each and available in advance from Thomas Sanderson’s Antiques, the Pineapple and Elizabeth Wilson Florist.

They will be available the day of the tour at these locations and at the Main Street office on Commerce Street.

For further information, contact Nancy Idland at 382-3041.