A more than two-decade old Cranford tradition puts its own spin on the phrase "Home for the holidays." Once again, the Cranford Junior Woman's Club is hosting its Home for the Holidays House Tour. The ticketed event takes place this Sunday, Dec. 2.
Several Cranford residences, including the First Presbyterian Church will open their homes to not only share in the spirit of Christmas, but also in the spirit of giving. "All proceeds raised go to local charities," explained Debbey Clemente, the Woman's Club's current president. "Our main charity is Project H.O.M.E and three scholarships for high school students."
It's a walk through four of the finest turn of the Century homes nestled right here in Cranford. The homes will be dressed up for the holidays, along with donated arraignments by local florists, said Clemente.
The club's Hospitality House, a Cape Cod Cottage, will be open to visitors and offer light refreshments. The College Woman's Club will be selling holiday note cards there as well.
"The House Tour is a wonderful way to start the holiday season," said Clemente. "Our local Green Thumb Garden Club will also be lending a hand and decorating the home on Madison," she said. The gardeners will be holding a greenery sale at the Hanson House.
Aside from the main attraction of historic homes on view, the tour is more about giving back to the community and helping out the next generation. Chris Goyette, the chairwoman of the house tour is looking for a good turnout in this 23rd year of this charitable event.
"The funds we raise support several of Cranford's charitable organizations, which directly benefit the residents of our community," she said. "The sense of community spirit and volunteering is at the forefront of the event."
Tickets for the Dec. 2 house tour are available at several locations throughout Cranford including Augusta Mae, The UPS Store, Back to Nature, and the Cranford Public library. Further details about the event, including ticket prices are available on the club's website at cranfordjwc.com.