Step into xmas

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Santa engages visitors who are waiting to tour to one of the homes featured in last year’s STEP Into Christmas home tour. This year’s event is set for Saturday, Dec. 7 in the Claiborne Avenue neighborhood of Rocky Mount.

Submitted by Kris Landrum

Solutions That Empower People, Inc. is accepting sponsors for the second annual STEP Into Christmas home tour featuring several of Rocky Mount’s distinctive historic homes.

Set for Saturday, Dec. 7, visitors will get a firsthand view of sections of select homes in the Claiborne Avenue neighborhood in Rocky Mount. Ticket holders can see unique and beautiful Christmas decorations and learn interesting tidbits about each home. Included in the tour will be a glimpse of the High Street Cemetery and some of its history. Refreshments will be offered at The Franklin Center on Claiborne. This year’s tour will also feature a Festival of Trees at the center.

This event is part of the annual Come Home to a Franklin County Christmas festival, which will be Friday, Dec. 6, and the Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 8.

Sponsors will be acknowledged in a variety of ways through publicity and recognition the day of the event, according to STEP Executive Director Marc Crouse.

“It’s a great way to get the word out about businesses and organizations while supporting a good cause,” he said. Sponsorships are available at several levels.

Last year was the inaugural event for the home tour, which showcased five historic homes on Maple Avenue. More than 500 people attended. Tickets for this year’s tour will be for sale starting in October for $15 in advance ($20 on festival day).

STEP is a nonprofit community action agency that fights poverty and serves low-income residents in Franklin, Patrick, Henry, Pittsylvania and Bedford counties and the cities of Martinsville and Danville. Services include early education (Head Start/Early Head Start), housing and weatherization, senior services (Meals on Wheels), homelessness and re-entry services, and youth services (alternative day school for at-risk youth). STEP has offices in Rocky Mount, Stuart, and Martinsville.

For more information about STEP Into Christmas, contact Crouse at 483-5142.

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