Centre Park Rolls Out Welcome Mats For Christmas House Tour

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Reading, PA – Doug and Dia Fell were decorating their home for the holidays last week. Some lights and garlands to highlight the staircase, a few of the long-used holiday ornaments from years past here and there and, of course, the festooned tree in the living room.

“It’s the usual stuff, nothing special,” Dia said, sounding calm and collected even though she’s expecting a throng of visitors this weekend.
She’s going to let the house speak for itself.

The Fell’s home in the 300 block of Douglass Street is one of the many scheduled stops on the self-guided tour of private residences and other buildings in the Centre Park Historic District.

The 29th Christmas House Tour and Champagne Brunch, to be held Sunday, is a major annual fundraiser for the preservation group in the city neighborhood of homes, many of which are more than a century old, surrounding the park in the 700 block of Centre Avenue.

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Street Signs To Identify Reading’s Centre Park Historic District

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You may drive through Reading’s Centre Park Historic District and not even know it; no signs mark its boundaries.

That will soon change, thanks to district residents and others who are paying for the signs, and the city, which has agreed to chip in $8,000 in community development money to mount them.

“Centre Park Historic District a great place to call home” say the 18-square-inch signs with an arched top.

“We’ve been talking about it in some form or another for years, but the actual push to get something done began about three months ago,” said Michael Lauter, the district’s executive director.

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Centre Park Historic District Garden Tour Goes Gourmet

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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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More Than 500 Attend Reading Historic District Christmas Tour

Christmas in the post-War United States

Christmas in the post-War United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.”

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19th Annual Centre Park Garden Tour (Reading)

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.”

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Reading Christmas House Tour – Centre Park Historic District

Christmas in the post-War United States

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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.