Houses Needed for Cold Spring by Candlelight

Cold Spring by Candlelight, the annual fundraiser and holiday event in the Village of Cold Spring, is set for Saturday, Dec. 7, and houses are needed to make this year’s 11th anniversary event memorable.

“Cold Spring by Candlelight” is a holiday house tour and shopping event that takes place throughout the village, creating an annual destination and promotion event for village shop and restaurant owners and raising needed funds for Partners with PARC, which supports programs and services for developmentally disabled children and adults throughout Putnam County.

“Cold Spring by Candlelight” features tours of unique and historic houses and buildings in the Village of Cold Spring and near-by Nelsonville. Stores and shops will be open late for holiday shopping and village restaurants will offer specials to attendees. Expect carolers, visits from Old St. Nick, holiday storytelling, and holiday music concerts during the event.

“Helping to raise money for others was a great way to start off the holiday season,” says Cathryn Fadde, who has opened her home on High Street for the tour in recent years. “I do it every two years and feel like I had a better Christmas the times I’ve opened my home to benefit Partners with PARC.”

Event planners have several houses and historic buildings signed up, but more houses are needed to complete the tour roster. Specifications for houses are as follows:

1. Be located in the Village of Cold Spring or in close-by Nelsonville. Houses can be historic or unique and offer tour goers beautiful architecture, creative renovations, attractive décor, etc.

2. Houses need to be open and available to receive event attendees from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 (snow date is Sunday, Dec. 8).

3. Houses need only have the first-floor rooms available for tours, but homeowners are welcome to have visitors tour their entire homes.

4. Houses need to be dressed and decorated for the holidays, in keeping with holiday spirit and traditions that have made Cold Spring a historic destination for decades.

Partners with PARC volunteers will be on hand to assist homeowners and attendees. And as incentive to homeowners on this year’s tour, each homeowner will receive a certificate for a trip for four (two adults/two children under 12) to a choice of two resorts in Cancun, Mexico, for a four-night/five-day stay (land only). The event will also have a “Best House” on the tour contest, as voted by tour attendees, and the winner will receive a $500 cash prize.

For more information or to receive a copy of the House Tour Package, contact Rand Bridget Otten at 845-278-7272, ext. 2287, or by email: rand_otten@PutnamARC.org


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