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LaPorte Candlelight Tour Returns in 2019

     People Engaged in Preservation, La Porte’s nonprofit historic preservation group, invites you to attend its enchanting 2019 Christmas Candlelight Tour of Historic Homes, Saturday, December 7th from 4-8 pm, and Sunday, December 8th from 1-5 pm.  The tour includes 5 private homes, indicated as follows:  Larry and Peggy Smith, 2704 South 150 West; Gary and Sandy Ashby, 1421 Indiana Avenue; Carol Kimball (the former Pine Lake Grange Hall), 3066 N. US Hwy 35; the home of the late Rolland Hare, 302 C Street; and Dennis and Marianna Zeedyk, 2010 Michigan Avenue.  Also included on the tour will be Trinity Lutheran Church, 907 Michigan Avenue; and the George W. Allen designed Puerta de Salvacion, 1008 Michigan Avenue.  
     All 7 sites will be open for self-guided touring, and will be decorated for the holiday season.  Also included in one ticketed price will be a horse-drawn carriage ride through La Porte’s historic district, live musical entertainment at all locations, and refreshments at Trinity Lutheran Church.

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     Advance tickets, $20 each, are available from now through December 6th ONLY, in La Porte at Arbor Hill Inn, Coachman Antique Mall, CO-OP Shoppes, La Porte County Historical Society Museum, Plain & Fancy Antiques, Thaddeus C. Gallery, and Town & Country Florist; in New Carlisle at The Village Shoppes; in New Buffalo at The Villager; in Valparaiso at South Bend Chocolate Company; and in Chesterton at Red Cup Cafe & Deli.  Or, to order advance tickets by mail, send your check for $20 per person, postmarked by December 2nd, payable to:  People Engaged in Preservation, P.O. Box 853, La Porte, IN  46352.  At-the-door tickets, $25 each, will be available at Trinity Lutheran Church, during the actual tour hours ONLY.  For more information, contact Pam Ruminski at (219) 363-2094, Tim Stabosz at (219) 363-7485, or email

     Pam Ruminski, chairperson of the Candlelight Tour, stated, “We are excited to announce the fine selection of historic homes and structures on this year’s tour.  As always, our members, volunteers, decorators, and homeowners are committed to putting on another magical event for everyone.  PEP has been conducting the Candlelight Tour for 23 years now, dating back nearly to the organization’s founding.  The tour is both a gathering together of the members of our community, as well as a rolling-out of the welcome mat for tourists, and all those who want to experience the historic beauty of our city.  Finally, it is also an important opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of historic preservation in La Porte,” Ruminski noted.

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

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Read More about Christmas in Northwest Indiana:
5 Holiday Traditions
What’s on Theatre Stage this year
Candlelight Tour in Laporte – Dec 7th & 8th
Winter Lights Drive Thru – Valparaiso every day thru Jan 1st, 2020
Holly Days in Valparaiso Dec 6th
A Christmas Story Comes Home – Hammond Indiana every day thru Dec 31
Christmas At Barker Mansion – Michigan City every day thru Dec 31
Festival of Lights Drive Thru – Michigan City – thru Jan 4th, 2020
Home for the Holidays Home Tour – Whiting, Dec. 8th



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