This year we've volunteered to open our inn for the Mountain City Rotary Club Christmas House Tour (and do the PR, too). Today Tiger Lily slept under the tree (pictured) while Judy shot photos for the newspapers.
Tiger's Quote of the Day:
I have no idea HOW they thought all that mess was going to turn into a great looking room. I've been walking around it since Saturday....[meow]
Innkeeper's explanation: Takes a lot of little stuff, carefully arranged, to make the place look great. Tiger, get back on your heat duct or in your box and chill while we put on the finishing touches! Here are the results (interim) since I can always find MORE to put on the tree (silver beads are not on yet).
Many of the houses on the tour this year will have theme trees. For myself, I like standing snowmen (for winter) and owls (all year). But no theme for our tree other than ornaments we have selected and loved through the years. Plus ornaments our friends have given us.
Crafts are important to us. Our party room at the inn will be used to display an assortment of locally-made crafts by a half dozen individuals. The items will be for sale with the suggestion that you support the artists AND find some nice gift items. Some members of the band Onefoot Onearth, will perform throughout the tour. Other houses will have cookies and beverages available.
This is a self-guided tour (done in any order you prefer) Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in and around Mountain City, TN. Free light breakfast 10 a.m. to noon at Tributary on Main (118 W. Main St.) with tour ticket. Log cabins, modern and new homes and two historic homes plus log cabin rentals and ShayBrey, the go-to store for Christmas florals, will be on tour.
Tickets: Buy online at the inn's reservation page (Christmas tour tab), at Tributary, 423-727-4150, ShayBrey and at the Welcome Center on Hwy. 421. Prospect Hill is handling the credit card sale of tickets. (firstname.lastname@example.org). 423-727-0139. $12 in advance; $15 day of tour.
Benefits: The Rotary Club Scholarship Fund for high school seniors.
Heavy rain/snow date: Sunday, Dec. 11.
A note from Tiger:
I know things get hectic this time of year so I want to wish you a joyous season and also share with you what I consider to be the JOY of the season: photo below. Hope yours is just as fine a day!!