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PEP announces Candlelight Tour 2018

November 15, 2018

La PORTE — People Engaged in Preservation, La Porte’s nonprofit historic preservation group, will hold the 2018 Christmas Candlelight Tour of Historic Homes on Dec. 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Dec. 2 from 1 to 5 p.m.

“We are pleased and excited to announce the return of the Candlelight Tour this year, after a hiatus in 2017,” said Pam Ruminski, chairperson of the Candlelight Tour. “I am particularly thrilled to report that four of the seven structures have never been on our tour before, dating back to our first tour in 1996, making this an even more exciting year. With 2018 representing our 18th tour, our members, volunteers, decorators and homeowners are working diligently to put on another fantastic show for everyone.”

The tour includes five private homes, indicated as follows: Miguel and Ivette Muzquiz, 1509 Indiana Ave.; Christa Hurley Lazarz, 1408 Michigan Ave.; Mike and Sue Mollenhauer, 1510 Michigan Ave.; Paul and Karla Vincent, 1516 Michigan Ave.; and The Scott-Rumely Mansion, 211 Rose St.

Also included will be St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1000 Michigan Ave.; and the Old La Porte Library (Parkison & Hinton, PC), at 805 Maple Ave.

All seven sites will be open for self-guided touring, and will be decorated for the holiday season. Also included will be live musical entertainment, refreshments at St. Paul’s Episcopal, and horse-drawn carriage rides.

Advance tickets will be available for $20 each, through Nov. 30 ONLY, in La Porte at Arbor Hill Inn, Coachman Antique Mall, CO-OP Shoppes, La Porte County Historical Society Museum, Plain & Fancy Antiques, Temple News Agency, Town and Country Florist, and Uptowne R&R; in Michigan City at The Antique Market and Hoity Toity; in New Buffalo at The Villager; in Valparaiso at South Bend Chocolate Company; and in Chesterton at Red Cup Cafe & Deli.

To order advance tickets by mail, send a check for $20 per person, postmarked by Nov. 26, payable to: People Engaged in Preservation, P.O. Box 853, La Porte, IN 46352.

At-the-door tickets ($25 each) will be available at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, during the actual tour hours ONLY. For more information, contact Pam Ruminski at (219) 362-5712, Tim Stabosz at (219) 363-7485, or email p_ruminski@yahoo.com.

Separately, PEP also announced the availability of the recently published 400+ page book Historic Architecture of LaPorte, Indiana: The First Twenty Years of the Candlelight Tour, a compilation of the histories of all the houses that have been on the tour, since the very beginning in 1996. The book will be available, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, during the tour, for $30, while supplies last.

People Engaged in Preservation is a La Porte-based non-profit citizens group dedicated to the preservation of our historic architecture, and promoting the economic development and quality-of-life benefits of historic preservation.

— From staff reports

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