2002 Winter Season

Litchfield, CT -- Contact: Janet L. Serra For Immediate Release 860-567-4506 lhcvbnwct@aol.com Most of the year, visitors can only gaze longingly outside the beautiful homes in the classic towns in Connecticut's Litchfield Hills. But come the first two weekends in December, some of these houses open their doors for house tours to benefit local organizations, a rare chance to see exceptional residences decked out in their holiday best. The 13th Annual Holiday House Tour to benefit Litchfield Performing Arts on December 7 will feature five homes in the Washington, Roxbury, and Lake Waramaug areas, ranging from a 1795 Georgian and Federal-style home to a recently completed mansion overlooking Lake Waramaug in New Preston. Many of the homes will feature live music for the holidays. Tickets for the self-guided tour are $35 or $30 if purchased in advance through Litchfield Performing Arts, 860-567-4162 or online at www.litchfieldjazzfest.com or at the Tulip Tree Collection, Washington Depot, 860-868-2802. On December 7th, tickets are available at the Tulip Tree Collection only. A special candlelight preview of the homes followed by a Gala Preview Party and dinner with live jazz entertainment at the Washington Club hosted by actors Christine Baranski and Matthew Cowles. Tickets are $125. WOODBURY TOUR The 8th Annual House Tour sponsored by the Women's Club of Woodbury on December 14 includes six homes in this picturesque community where the main street was laid out in the 1670s. The oldest home on the tour was built between 1790 and 1810 on the site of a house circa 1726. It has been beautifully restored, as has another beauty, an 1813 Colonial faithfully brought to life by its architect owner. The original fireplaces and Dutch ovens remain in an 1813 home on the tour and restoration in progress can be seen at a Federal Colonial circa 1823, where visitors can admire the owner's collection of antiques and visit a shop and museum at the rear of the house. Two newer homes on the tour are careful reproductions of the Colonial era. Tickets are $20 on the day of the tour or $15 if purchased in advance by mail from the Women's Club of Woodbury, P.O. Box 1014, Woodbury, CT 06798. Phone 203-266-4525 for ticket sale locations. Day of event tickets can be purchased at the Emergency Services Building (ESB), corner of Rt. 6 and Quassuk Road, Woodbury. In case of inclement weather, December 15 is the snow date for the tour Complimentary afternoon tea and coffee will be served at the Emergency Service Building from 1-4 p.m. with the chance to add homemade desserts prepared by members. For more information on Holiday Events and a free copy of UNWIND, a 40-page color guide to lodging, dining and all the attractions in the area, write to the Litchfield Hills Visitors Bureau, P.O. Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, call (860) 567-4506 or visit their web site at www.litchfieldhills.com.