Christmas in Clear Spring is a gift to the community by the Garden Club

December 10, 2011|By KATE S. ALEXANDER |
  • Betty Shank, right, greets visitors to Plumb Grove by candle light at the Plumb Grove mansion. The event was just one of many for Christmas in Clear Spring on Saturday.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

Christmas might come only once a year, but Christmas in Clear Spring is even more rare.

Hosted every three years by the Clear Spring Garden Club, the town showcased its lavishly decked halls, boughs of holly, and fa-la-la-la-la Saturday night at the triennial Christmas in Clear Spring.

Residents opened their homes, while churches, businesses and town hall welcomed visitors out of the cold for tea, cookies and more.

"I think this is exactly what it needs to be," said Linda McNamee of the garden club. "It's perfect."

Saturday was the fourth time the club has hosted the event, which they do as a "gift to the community," she said. The club does not make money off the event, she said.

Christmas in Clear Spring is a casual evening, McNamee said.

Visitors were welcomed to stroll the town, stop at open doors to tour select homes, enjoy goodies, and even visit with Santa, among other activities.

Each year, three homes are features as open houses, McNamee said.

This year, the home of Carol and Teddy Hovermale on Cumberland Street was one of the three featured.

Carol Hovermale said she started in September cleaning and preparing to welcome dozens of visitors to her home, built sometime before 1857.

Not only was Saturday a chance for people to see inside some of the town's historic homes, like the Hovermales' or the Perry House on Cumberland Street, it also gave businesses some publicity.

Owner Amy Myers opened Dollies Tea Room Saturday night for the event and her dining room was consistently filled with people enjoying a sample of tea or a hot dog cooked over an open fire in the summer kitchen out back.

"This is wonderful," Myers said. "I love my small town."

Music was also featured at many locations throughout town, while Plumb Grove on Broadfording Road, Wilson's Store & Bittersweet Memories on Rufus Wilson Road, Brown's Meeting House on Mill Street and Miller's Farmstead on U.S. 40 (National Pike) also were open to visitors, according to information from the garden club.

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