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Camden Junior Welfare League to host Candlelight Tour of Homes Saturday

Posted: November 29, 2013 4:55 p.m.
Updated: December 2, 2013 5:00 a.m.

The Camden Junior Welfare League presents the 37th annual Candlelight Tour of Homes on Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. The tour will begin at the Camden Archives and Museum, where tour programs will be available and tickets may be purchased. Tour programs include home and site descriptions, maps, merchant information, sponsors, and general League information.

The tour will highlight nine private residences and three public sites with distinctive architectural and decorating styles. Guests will be able to experience the holiday ambiance, history, culture and art of each destination.

Private residences include the homes of Nancy and Earl Bryant; Mary Elizabeth and James Van Horn; Laurie and Bill Funderburk; Jack Brantley; Lydia and Ned Towell; Jennifer Daniels; Sarah and Albert Reed; Tory and Tom Brock; and Cecilia and Leslie Stevenson.

The public sites on the tour are the Camden Archives and Museum, the Robert Mills Courthouse, and the Palmetto Coffee Shoppe and Tea Room. Many homes and sites will also feature live Christmas music for guests to enjoy.

"We are so grateful for the gracious home and site owners, volunteers, sponsors, merchants and amazing local musicians in our community who have volunteered their time and talents to create a festive environment for the tour," said Kara Clyburn, League publicity chair.

This year’s tour will debut a special Christmas Tour Shoppe with local merchants and children’s choirs at the historic Robert Mills Courthouse. "The local merchants are just as excited as we are to be able to help the League and its mission. A portion of all sales go towards helping the children of Kershaw County," said Elizabeth Triplett, League vice president. Old McCaskill Farms, The Accidental Artist, Ashley’s Baked Goods, Gina Bruce Pottery, MFP Creations, Mom and Me Sweets and Looksees are among the Tour Shoppe merchants.

Guests are invited to the Palmetto Coffee Shoppe and Tea Room for the League’s traditional holiday bake sale and League merchandise.

The bake sale will feature recipes from Betty Garber’s cookbook, What’s Cooking in Camden? The cookbook was originally printed in 1973, and was reprinted by the League last year as the "40th Anniversary Edition." Local musical favorite "We Three" will be singing Christmas carols.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $17 on event day, with discounted advanced group rates of $10 per ticket for groups of two or more. All proceeds go directly to the children of Kershaw County and provide services including eyeglasses, winter jackets, shoes, medical care and counseling. The tour also funds the League’s grants to select Kershaw County non-profit organizations that benefit the county’s children.

"The Candlelight Tour of Homes is the biggest fundraiser for the League each year. We depend on the community to help us provide for our county’s children, and hope local families will join in the Camden tradition of starting the holiday season off with the Candlelight Tour of Homes," said Triplett.

Tickets are available online at www.camdenleague.org, from League Members, and at the following local businesses: the Camden Archives and Museum, Historic Camden, the Palmetto Coffee Shoppe and Tea Room, Blake and Ford, NBSC, Hallmark, the Camden Antiques Market and Box, Paper, Scissors. Tickets can be purchased event day at the Camden Archives and Museum.

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