Tour Christmas homes in Newberry

December 9, 2013

So, you say there is nothing to do in Newberry. Really? OK, I get it. We need a movie theatre, bowling alley, and possibly a Chick-fil-A and more.

I believe we will eventually have it all. As for now, this Saturday, Dec. 14 from 4 to 8 p.m., we urge you to get off the couch. After all, football players are resting and preparing for bowl games, so there should be no significant games on television. Why not take your spouse, best friend, a co-worker, or your parents out for a wonderful late afternoon tour of beautifully decorated homes?

This year, we recommend you start your tour in Silverstreet simply because it is almost seven miles out of town and darkness comes early, we believe it a logical choice. George and Jan Piersol’s home, located at 80 Lake St., is impeccable. Decorated for Christmas with everything in its place, it will be interesting to see where Jan will have George placed.

All the other show places will be in Newberry. You will not want to miss the Kerr Home, located at 1921 Main St., where the current owner, Kay Poston, has furnished her home with unique antiques from all across the country. You will be amazed when you enter the home of Mark and Lisa Senn, located at 2101 Harrington St. Please know, due to a prior commitment, this home is only available from 4 to 7 p.m. We know you will be in awe of the beautiful antiques restored by Lisa’s father.

A must see is the Oak Grove Plantation House, located at 921 Jessica St. This is one of the older homes in Newberry’s history, and owners Bill and Mary Ann Cross have adorned it with 1700 to 1800 period furniture. This home will take you back to earlier Christmas times.

When you stop at 1212 Calhoun St., present owners Mark and Karen Scott will graciously open their doors for you to view this wonderful home built in the 1910 era by Cam Davis, a noted architect and builder in that time period.

Lastly and certainly not least, we recognize the reason we celebrate this time of year by opening the doors to one of the local churches. This year we encourage you to stop at Newberry College’s Wiles Chapel, located at 2100 College St., and greet Pastor Ernie Worman.

Let me assure you that just by meeting Pastor Ernie, your life will be for the better. You do not want to miss this opportunity to share words, possibly tea and crumpets, or maybe a great dessert and beverage. This stop is a real treat.

Need tickets? They can be purchased here at your Chamber, located at 1209 Caldwell St., or stop by the Newberry Opera House. The cost is $20 per person. Where else can you get four hours of entertainment at that price? This promises to be an evening of pure enjoyment where you are guaranteed to be urged into the Christmas spirit. You owe it to yourself.

Do not miss this great opportunity. Should you need additional information, call 276-4274 and let Liz, Michelle or me tell you about this experience, as well as other great opportunities offered by your Newberry County Chamber of Commerce.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.