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Urbanna Christmas events set for Dec. 7-8

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“Lansdowne”

Now that Thanksgiving is over and the leftovers are almost gone, most are focusing on Christmas and all the festivities that accompany this very special time of the year.  Coming up on Saturday, December 8, is the annual Historic Urbanna Christmas House Tour, which starts at 10 a.m.

Visitors are welcome to park at Urbanna United Methodist Church on Marston Ave. where they will be treated to refreshments, a bake sale, and an offering of box lunches.  For convenience, the Urbanna trolley will be at the church to taxi ticket-holders to the historic homes and buildings on this year’s tour. 

The doors to “Lansdowne,” “The Marble House,” The Old Tobacco Warehouse and the Middlesex County Woman’s Club building will all be open until 4 p.m. 

The Marble House designers include Lewis Trimble of Kilmarnock, Danielle Gridden of Lancaster, George Whitman and Richard Waller from Rolling Road Antiques in Urbanna, Dee Chowning of Make Thyme in Urbanna, and Aaron Ward of Wilton Cottage & Garden in Hartfield.  

Lansdowne designers will be Cynthia Naylor of The Wild Bunch in Kilmarnock, and the Lansdowne Christmas Committee. 

The Middlesex County Woman’s Club will be filled with decorations made and collected by its members, and the Old Tobacco Warehouse will be decorated by The Tobacco Warehouse staff and Town of Urbanna officials.  

The yearly seasonal weekend festivities begin Friday, December 7, when Urbanna hosts its annual Christmas Parade at 7 p.m.  Over the years this lively community event has turned into a real crowd-pleaser with floats created by local businesses, churches, and groups of friends just out to participate and have a great time.  

When the sun goes down, Urbanna street decorations and shop windows sparkle, carols can be heard around the parade route, and food and other activities will be offered at the firehouse.  

There will be open houses at local shops, including Cyndy’s Bynn, Lowe Tide and Urbanna Harbour Gallery. 

A wine tasting hosted by Taste of Urbanna on Virginia Street is scheduled throughout the day. 

Freshly-made donuts and hot coffee may be purchased at Crown Donuts, which will be in the parking lot of the Southside Sentinel. 

Marshall’s Drug Store’s famous soda fountain will serve milkshakes, fresh limeade, and just-made sandwiches from the grill. Across the Street at Cross Street Coffee parade-goers will find coffee, pots of homemade soup and paninis. And the decorated boutiques at 51 Cross Street will be open with special items on sale.  

“There’s certainly something for everyone in this historic community of Urbanna the second weekend of December, so please mark your calendars for these two fun days,” said a tour spokesperson. 

Advance tickets to the house tour are on sale for $15 each and may be purchased in Urbanna at Cyndy’s Bynn, Lowe Tide, Bristow’s Store, and Make Thyme.  In Kilmarnock they may be purchased at Papeterie on Main Street.  In Richmond, tickets can be purchased at Pigtails and Crewcuts, and at Cary Court. 

Tickets also will be available on the day of the tour for $20 each.  

For more information, visit urbanna.com, the Urbanna Christmas House Tour page on Facebook, or call 758-1606. 

posted 11.28.2012

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