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December 2017

Three Historic Homes Open Their Doors for The Athens Victorian Stroll

Families and friends will gather in Athens on Saturday, December 9th for a fun-filled day at the Athens Victorian Stroll. Up and down Second Street and around town, businesses, residents and community organizations will throw open their doors with all manner of family-friendly activities, free goodies to eat and entertainment galore! Start at the Athens Cultural Center at noon to pick up a schedule and map "passport". Visit the five locations indicated on the back of the passport, return the completed ticket to the Cultural Center and be entered into a raffle for a beautiful wreath festooned with gift certificates to local restaurants and lottery tickets.
Three beautiful Victorian-era houses will be open for touring, two of which are new to the Stroll this year. Those houses, located at 26 and 30 South Franklin Street will be open 1-3pm, in addition to 9 South Franklin Street that is open again in case you were too busy to visit last year. With a jam-packed schedule, it is impossible to experience all the day has to offer. A horse-drawn trolley, hay wagon, and motorized trolley will help get you around town with stops at many of the venues. Jump off the trolleys at Third Street and South Franklin Street to visit the open houses.
After sampling cookies, punch and hot chocolate, courtesy of a small army of cookie bakers, watching dancers, listening to great music, shopping handmade crafts, and watching the ice carver, you may bump into our own Victorian Pocket Lady Puppeteer, Victorian Santa, mime, magician, balloon twister and strolling carolers in resplendent Victorian garb. Be sure to make your way to the Riverfront Park for the 5 PM tree lighting, caroling, and bonfire finale. For more information and a schedule of activities visit