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Candlelight tours set

Tom Jackson • Nov 28, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Trying to get in the mood for the holidays? How about visiting some local homes, lit by candlelight and glowing with holiday decorations?

The Old House Guild of Sandusky’s annual Candlelight Tour of Homes, a local holiday tradition, returns Sunday and Monday.

The tour will show off holiday decor at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, the Follett House Museum, the Eleutheros Cooke House and five private residences, including a home at 1309 Central Avenue owned by Kenneth and Virginia “Ginny” Bess.    

Susan Hahn, who will be showing off the old home at 210 W. Adams St., which she and her husband operate as the Cottage Rose bed and breakfast, said visitors will get to see a Victorian home filled with elegant Christmas decorations. This year is the 100th anniversary of the completion of the home’s construction.

“I like to think of all the Christmases that have gone through this home, all of the wonderful things that have gone on,” she said.

A second-floor window has a spectacular view of the Christmas lights in Washington Park.

“I’ll have my tour guide point it out,” she said.

Ginny Bess said her home was included in the tour in 2002, so this year’s tour will be her second. The home the couple will be showing off was built in 1903 and has changed little since then.

“It’s pretty much the same as it was back then,” she said. “There hasn’t been much done to the interior of the house. The woodwork is all natural.”

Her collection of Santa Clauses will be on display.

“I just have a lot of Santa Clauses I have collected over the years,” she said. “There’s nothing special about them. I just like Santa Clauses.”

The tour also will include private homes owned by James Grathwol, John Hamilton and the Rev. Daniel and Susan Miller.

Hahn points out that the $10 price for the tour has stayed the same over the years.

“It will be the best $10 you’ve spent,” she said.

Want to go?

• WHAT: Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes in Sandusky.

• WHEN: 6-9 p.m. Sunday and Monday

• COST: Tickets are $10 and available in advance at Bailey’s Country Shoppe, Barnes Nursery, The Cooke House Museum, Corso’s Flower and Garden Center, Flowerama of Sandusky, the Follett House Museum, Lake Erie Shores & Islands and the Sandusky Library gift shop.

Tickets also may be purchased the nights of the tour at the Cooke House, 1415 Columbus Ave.

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