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Come for the flowers – stay for the food.
There will be plenty of both at Saturday’s Gourmet Garden Tour in the Centre Park Historic District, the 20th annual event where residents of the Victorian-era neighborhood let visitors explore their normally secret gardens.
But for ticket holders to Saturday evening’s self-guided tour, the addition of food, spirits and musicians might make the tour feel more like a neighborhood-wide garden party.
Five homes and two businesses, with properties ranging from twins to freestanding mansions, are slated to take part in Saturday’s event.
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From the traditional to the contemporary and everything in between, holiday decor was on full display throughout Reading’s Centre Park Historic District on Sunday.
By late afternoon, more than 500 tickets had been sold for the 28th Annual Christmas House Tour and Champagne Brunch, which celebrated the historic district’s 30th anniversary.
“We were a little concerned with the weather,” said Beth Ireland, vice president for the historic district’s board of directors. “But I’ve heard a lot of people who have done these tours say this is the best one they’ve been on yet.”
This year, when you wander through the gardens of the Centre Park Historic District’s garden tour, you’ll get more than just a taste of the eclectic plots of green. You’ll also get a taste of some of Reading’s eclectic restaurants.
And some wine. And music.
This year, as the historic district celebrates it 30th anniversary (and the 19th garden tour), organizers opted to transform the tour with things that will enhance the experience.
“It stemmed from a few things,” said Beth Ireland, vice president and marketing chairwoman for the district. “We’ve had some years where the garden tour went great, and then it would dwindle. There were even some years when we didn’t have it. We were kind of in that place again because there are other garden tours in the area. So we thought we’d offer the tour with wine and music – the whole shebang.”
If you enjoy touring historic homes decorated for the Christmas season then you might want to head to Reading this Sunday, December 11th. The 27th Annual Centre Park Historic District Christmas House Tour is from 1pm to 6pm. The tours are self-guided and ticket are $15.00! Tickets will be available at Centre Park, in the 700 block of Centre Avenue, on the day of the tour. Advance tickets are $12 per person and are available at www.centrepark.org or by calling (610) 375-7860. Advance tickets are non-refundable.
If riding in a horse-drawn carriage is your thing, that is available as well. Tickets are $5.00.
Parking is available at First Energy Stadium and a free trolley will shuttle you to and from the historic district.
If you don’t want to tour on an empty stomach, a champagne brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Adrienne’s Inn at Centre Park. Brunch is $25 per person (includes champagne mimosa) or can be combined with a house tour ticket for $35. An advanced reservation for brunch is required. Brunch reservations can be made using the phone number or website listed above.