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SAVE THE DATE!!!
55th Annual Holiday Homes Tour
The Bay Village Civic Association of the Amityville is proud to present the Friendly Bay Village Holiday Homes Tour, which shall take place on
Saturday, December 1st, 2012 from 12 pm until 4pm.
Seven distinctive and gracious homes in the Incorporated Village of Amityville will be showcased, festively decorated for the holiday season by their owners. The styles and architecture of these Bennett Place homes spans the history of this beautiful Village, all welcoming and worth attention and praise.
Potpourri simmers in the kitchens, live music greets visitors tantalizing the senses and heralding the season. The small Amityville Firehouse near the north end of Bennett Place will be open to sell tickets and crafts, serve mulled cider, and assist patrons.
Local businesses will be offering discounts to Tour patrons in support of the Bay Village Civic Association sponsoring the Tour this year.
Visit St. Mary’s Church, an 1888 historical landmark, in the center of the Village to shop and enjoy complimentary refreshments at the Tea Room in the Parish Hall. There vendors will offer a variety of crafts, ornaments, gifts and home baked confections for sale. Beautiful raffle prizes, donated by local merchants and residents, will be on display to be raffled at 4pm. Winners need not be present. Father Geminder will be available in the church to discuss its history.
Across from St. Mary’s Church, the Amityville Historical Society Lauder Museum a costumed docent will lead a walking tour of the historic area at 3pm. The museum will be open to view holiday vignettes of the past. The Tour will begin at St. Mary’s Church.
At 5pm the Village Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place in the center of the Village at the Triangle.
Tickets for the December 1st Tour will be $25.00 and may be purchased beginning in mid-November at Johnson’s Florist, Bella Maison, Amityville Acupuncture and Wellness, Self Image Salon, and the Lauder Museum. On the day of the Tour only, tickets may also be purchase at any of the homes and at the small Firehouse Annex on Bennett Place during the event after 12pm. Each keepsake ticket contains photos, histories and maps to all of the homes featured on this self-guided Tour. The homes may be visited in any order.
Parking is available at the large municipal lot at the corner of Bennett Pl and Merrick Road. Another large municipal lot is located a few hundred feet north on Broadway (Rt 110) across from the First United Methodist Church. Bennett Place will be for pedestrian traffic only during the Tour.
Visitors to local businesses, St. Mary’s Church, the Lauder Museum and the Tree Lighting may park at the Park Avenue School, running parallel one block west of Rt. 110 from Merrick Rd to the Triangle in the center of the Village.
Proceeds from the Tour will be donated to the renovation of the Amityville Beach Playground. More information may be obtained by emailing HolidayHomesTour@AOL.com or at 631-691-8435 from 8AM – 8PM. Leave message for return call.

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Just a bit of history in an effort to help along a good cause…

The Amityville Woman’s Club, Inc. was organized in 1927.  The purpose of the organization as stated in the official “green book” is as follows –

Its purpose shall be to associate the members, to promote the cultural development of such members, and to increase their capacity for useful activity as citizens in the community.

The Junior League of Amityville is responsible for hosting the famous “Amityville Holiday Homes Tour” which opened up some of the spectacular homes in our bay side community to the public the first Saturday in December.  The women of the Junior League put countless hours and planning into these events and the proceeds of the tour are given as scholarships or are disbursed to various charities.

With the state of the economy most households have become two income households and the membership has dwindled for various reasons.  This year the current board members of the Junior League are hosting a fundraiser in lieu of a Holiday Homes Tour due to the decrease in membership.  If you follow the link to the social below it will provide all of the information you require if you wish to attend or perhaps donate.  Many would like to see the time-honored tradition of the Holiday Homes Tour continue.  Please support the cause in any way you can…the proceeds this year are being given back to our own community hit hard by the recent hurricane.  The monies raised will be used to help rehabilitate the beach playground.

Junior League Social Invite

As always, every little bit counts!

~Jenn

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