Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Old Allentown House Tour Saturday

From the OAPA website:

There's no better time than Saturday, October 3, to explore behind the doors of the city's Victorian beauties. That's when OAPA presents its 33rd Annual House Tour. It's also your chance to see firsthand therecent revitalization efforts of three center-city neighborhoods. Old Allentown – the city's oldest historic district – is featured.

Homes on bustling Seventh Street (now a Main Street program) and on Sixth in Old Fairgrounds extend this tour of 'Old City.' You'll find a fascinating range of decorating styles, interior design ideas and old house tips. A bonus, the former Harry C. Trexler mansion is open to tour goers*, thanks to new owner, Elias Funeral Home. And Dubbs Memorial U.C.C. Church will play its carillon and welcome you.

Free parking! Metered parking is free in the Historic District on tour day. There is also free parking in the Linden Street lotthe corner of 10th and Linden just west of the Hotel Grand.
Free ride! To make it easy to visit all these homes, we've added a free trolley sponsored by Pennrose Properties.

Façades! OAPA completed its 100th façade restoration this year. To celebrate, orange balloons throughout the district will identify properties improved through this ongoing program.
Try your luck! Stop by the Old Allentown and take part in our raffle for gift certificates for local eateries and more. This is also the place to buy Old Allentown merchandise and pick up information on the neighborhood.

Animal lovers, stop by the pocket park at Eighth and Gordon. Members of Linda's Greyhound Rescue will have adoption information and greyhounds available for adoption at the park.
Painting on display: At the OAPA office you can also see the original oil painting by Joseph Skrapits that is reproduced on our poster and tour book cover. If you fall in love with it (as we have), place a bid in our Silent Auction. Part of the auction proceeds will benefit OAPA. Bidding ends at 4pm.
Tickets are $15 in advance (on sale at OAPA, Hardwaer Variety Plus, C. Leslie Smith, Allentown Brew Works, Phoebe Floral, Syb's West End Deli, Home & Planet, Moravian Book Shop, Spotted Dog Barkery) or $20 the day of.

Note: See artwork by local artists in one of the homes on the tour. Also, congrats to Joe Skrapits, whose beautiful painting graces this year's House Tour poster.

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