PUGWASH – Halls were decked with boughs of holly and fa la las were sung Saturday afternoon during the Holiday Homes tours in Pugwash. Families were invited out to tour the Thinkers Lodge as well as other homes in the area and finish off the tour with some refreshments and baked goods at the St. Thomas Moore Church.
“This is our fourth year doing it and our second year to do the Thinkers Lodge,” said one of the event organizers Judy Rickard.
Each house participating in the tour had a theme and guests were invited to tour around to see the different rooms, the characters dressed up and, at the Thinkers Lodge, Santa Claus.
“In (the Thinkers Lodge), there’s the history behind the Thinkers Lodge, which is a couple hundred years old,” said Rickard. “At the other houses, the people will be able to see that as well but also get some decorating ideas.”
The theme for the Thinkers Lodge was the Night Before Christmas. In tune with the theme, the organizers invited Jolly Old Saint Nick to come out for the day and check his list at the lodge while entertaining the children who came out to see their favourite holiday hero.
“One of the other houses is Grey Land and they have horses which they race so the stables are decorated with wreaths and the horses’ manes have been braided with red,” said Rickard. “The other house is Diane Burnham and Rocky Irons’ house and they are ironsmiths.”
First time visitors to the tour, Michelle Firlotte and Christine Wall, enjoyed walking through the different rooms at Thinkers Lodge. But for them, the best part was getting the chance to talk to Santa.
“It’s excellent,” said Firlotte. “Santa was kind enough to send a message to our children and I think that was a nice thing for him to do during his busy time of year.”
“(The tour) is a great way to start the season,” Wall added. “Santa is the best part though. How could he not be?”
Brenda Harverson visited the homes in the tour last year and said she had to come back and see it all again this year.
“It was so delightful last year,” she said. “The Thinkers Lodge was fascinating. I really enjoyed the cottage by the sea with all the seashells. All the homes were lovely.”
This year, Haverson brought her grandson and daughter to the tour. Because she and her family love Christmas and all the decorations, the tour was a hit once again.
“They have neat decorating ideas,” she said. “What more could you ask for than people decorating houses for you?”
All the money raised from the event goes to Communities in Bloom to help with different community projects such as planting the summer baskets and town gardens.