Semmes Christmas Tour, comprised of a Tasting Tour and Tour of Homes, historic landmarks, public parks and a business is Saturday, December 12, 3-7 p.m. Advance tickets for a $10 donation are available at Semmes Senior Center, Meggie B's, Ruby Blue Boutique and Century Bank in Semmes. Day-of-event tickets, at $12 each, will be available at Tour starting point, Allentown Elementary School.
Several Semmes families will open their beautifully decorated homes to guests, as will the Semmes Senior Center, Semmes Heritage Park and Meggie B's. Two public parks will be filled with music and fun and lights and fantasy. And approximately 20 restaurants and other eateries will offer generous "tastes" of their establishments' finest dishes.
In the next couple of weeks, this blog will hold detail of some of the activities going on, probably one at a time, beginning with Pam and Curtis Johnson and how and why they have graciously agreed to open their front door to visitors on the afternoon of Saturday, December 12th.
"My mom passed away eight months ago," Pam Johnson said. "We lived next door to her in my childhood home. We had completely remodeled the home.
"When my dad passed away ten years ago, (Mom) built next door to us. (After her mother died) We sold my childhood home to my daughter and her family, and my husband and I moved into my mom's house, which is our present home" and the one that will be on Semmes Christmas Tour.
It has been difficult decorating this year, Pam said; her mother's presence is felt in every room.
But she is looking forward to bringing joy to others through her own joy in the Christmas holiday and described her decorating style as "very traditional."
She uses ornaments that she's had from the beginning of her marriage. She collects Santas, each with a special meaning, and she will have them placed around different rooms in the house.