Another successful Historic Homes for the Holidays tour is in the books. Thank you to everyone who showed up, spread the word, and supported this great cause. I have two announcements:
1. Today we donated $10,003.05 to Promise Ridge. As I mentioned before, I worried about turnout this year because family matters demanded my attention right before tour time. But I am thrilled with this amount—it’s going to do a lot of good for Promise Ridge. They are currently housing five local families, and their mission is to provide emergency temporary housing while helping moms secure good jobs and gain the confidence to become self-reliant. It’s a beautiful cause, and today I saw a darling little boy living there with his mother. I hope someday soon their lives will be a little easier, and I hope this donation helps that happen.
2. Next year we’ll be hosting the tour in … POCATELLO, IDAHO! Just 50 miles to the south, there are hundreds of amazing old houses in Pocatello, thanks to its vibrant preservation scene. I look forward to expanding my team to include a couple Pocatellans, and I can promise you will NOT want to miss next year’s tour. (P.S. I wrote my master’s degree paper on the College Neighborhood in Poky, so I’m clearly a lover of this area.)
Now for the big photo dump from this year’s tour. I am specifically sharing photos of genius ideas, and I hope you enjoy all the eye candy. Here we go!
Half an hour after the tour ended, my brother arrived back home, and boy, was it good to see him.
A big, big thank you to RE/MAX Prestige and The Healing Sanctuary, both of which acted as ticket vendors. Thanks also to Ace Hardware for providing thousands of bags for shoes, to the Post Register and East Idaho News for publishing articles about the tour, and to ALL the wonderful volunteers who helped pull this thing off. And of course, the biggest of thank yous to the homeowners!
Thanks again for supporting the tour, and please plan to attend next year. It will be held the first Friday and Saturday of December, just like it has been the last two years. The money will go to a new charity this time around (one located in Pocatello), but I guarantee it’ll be a good one. Merry Christmas! •
P.S. Almost forgot! If you were intoxicated by the wonderful smell in the Boulevard house, here’s the secret stuff. You’re welcome!