Thinker’s Lodge featured in Christmas house tour

Darrell Cole
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Homes for the Holidays in Pugwash on Saturday

Homes for the Holidays house tour supports Pugwash Communities in Bloom

Thinker’s Lodge is one of three properties featured in this year’s Homes for the Holidays Pugwash Christmas house tour on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. 

PUGWASH – Historic Thinker’s Lodge is again one of the featured properties in this year’s Pugwash Homes for the Holidays Christmas house tour.

This beautifully restored National Historic Site will be awash in lights and greenery for the season, highlighting its rich heritage and message of peace for this holiday season.

The decorations this year will capture the 1950s, when Bertrand Russell drew up his Manifesto, Cyrus Eaton first invited scholars from around the world to convene in the Thinkers’ Lodge and the world was swept away on a Rock ‘n’ Roll tide, with Elvis, Buddy Holly and Bill Haley ruling the airwaves.

Step back time with poodle skirts, hot rods, the jive, 45s, sideburns and seasonal tunes like Jingle Bell Rock, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Blue Christmas and I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. 

The other decorated homes as part of this year’s Christmas home tour will transport you away to other times and lands. 

The home of Denis Brown will feature A Camelot Christmas, where chivalry reigns and the decorations embrace medieval times, with wassail, yule logs and knights in shining armour.

A Dutch Christmas in Pleasure Cove, at the home of Nellie VandeWeil, will highlight a lovingly-crafted family home rich in Christmas traditions from the Netherlands, with St. Nicholas, wooden clogs and the scent of cinnamon wafting up from peppernoot and kerststkrans, Dutch Christmas Ring Cake.

This year refreshments will be hosted at St. Thomas More Church Hall on Church Street from 1 to 5 p.m.

“Drop in for tea, coffee and sweets and take part in the Communities in Bloom silent auction. You could win one of the beautiful season decorations, a baby quilt, a bird feeder and many more sensational items, perfect for Christmas gift-giving,” organizing committee member Maureen Leahey said. “Now that it's that time of year, thinking of Christmas presents, what to give to others and what others might give to you, how to honour loved ones who have passed and  honour someone special. Communities in Bloom has ideas for you. Our Christmas gift brochure will be available at the church hall offering a number of ways you can support our activities. Choose an item, write a cheque payable to Communities in Bloom, and a card will be sent to your gift recipient telling them of your kindness.”

Proceeds from the house tour go to support Communities In Bloom. This year, with support from the village commission, the committee is purchasing 20 new planters for the downtown as well as nine new boxes.

It’s also supporting upgrades to the playground in Eaton Park.

Next year will also see the national judges coming to the village for two days.

Tickets are $12 and are available in advance from the village commission office, the Chatterbox Café, Feathers in the Wind, Scotiabank, From Away Gift Shop, Pugwash Home Hardware, InntheElms Bed and Breakfast and on Saturday at St. Thomas More Church Hall.

Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: Holidays Christmas house, Scotiabank, Away Gift Shop

Geographic location: Pugwash, Pleasure Cove, Netherlands Church Street Eaton Park

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