Thursday, December 7, 2006
Christmas in Holly Springs Tour 2006
“Christmas in Holly Springs” was thrilling and wonderful. The sun shone brightly, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and it was really cold, like it is supposed to be for the Christmas tour. Because of divine intervention, when the storm hit Arkansas all that blustery winter storm turned its course northward and missed us completely. We can’t really control the weather but we do have divine connections.
Six beautiful homes were open, thanks to the generous communityminded people who live in the houses. These people who share what they have with the public are the real heroes of the community. It is impossible to have a tour without homes to show.
Mitch Stone, of Potts Camp, was a real lifesaver of the Christmas concert on Saturday afternoon. On short notice he filled in for us instead of the Holly Springs High School choir. He gave us a thrilling “Mississippi Christmas” concert. His voice is so beautiful. Actually, he is as good as Elvis Presley was but he didn’t have Colonel Parker to promote him or the swivel that became Elvis’ trademark. Mitch has been in education administration for thirty years and is now retired.
On Sunday afternoon, Chris Mirante’s Patriot Performers of Marshall Academy gave us a beautiful rendition of Christmas music. They were amazing and to know that all that talent abounds here was a rare, profound revelation.
The five houses and three apartments were decorated in Christmas splendor. Never again will this assemblage of homes be shown as a group.
We have been having the Christmas Pilgrimage since 1969. It is always elegant and delightfully different. Sometimes we have new houses on the tour, although most of the time the houses are antebellum.
This year the houses ranged in age from the Frank Lloyd Wright type house that announced modernism to Holly Springs when it arrived by train in 1910, then the oldest house, Hamilton Place, was built in 1838 as the town’s first mansion. In between were magnificent Montrose, fantastic Finley- Audubon, and the elegant Court Square Apartments on tour for the first time.
Featherston Place was added at the last minute cancellation of Latoka and was an exquisite addition that everyone enjoyed.
The proceeds of the tour go to the Historical Museum, the sponsor of the tour and we are tax deductible. We truly thank our sponsors, our friends, and the visitors from eight states, who helped make our tour great again.
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