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No place likes homes for the holidays: Middletown Area Historical Society holds annual tour

By Phyllis Zimmerman, Special to the Press & Journal
Posted 12/13/17

By Phyllis Zimmerman

Special to the Press & Journal

It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the area Saturday as the Middletown Area Historical Society presented its 14th …

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No place likes homes for the holidays: Middletown Area Historical Society holds annual tour

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It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the area Saturday as the Middletown Area Historical Society presented its 14th Middletown Holiday Home Tour.

Each year, the event’s planning committee selects a handful of local homes and businesses resplendently decorated for the holidays to feature on self-guided tours.

“It’s getting better every year. We were worried about the snow today, but it’s been OK,” planning committee chairwoman Carole Shanaman said on Saturday.

The historical society also played host to a Colonial Holiday Tea at the Baldwin-Force House in Middletown that coincided with the holiday tour.

This year’s tour homes included the 1962 ranch house on Vine Street owned by Jeff Benson, a Middletown native who moved back earlier this year.

“I love this town and I wanted to move back. I couldn’t feel safer here,” Benson said.

Janet and John Kirshner opened their Spruce Street home that they believe was built around 1930. At one time, the house was owned by a member of the Kupp family of Kuppy’s Diner, John Kirshner noted.

Also featured were the Lower Swatara Township homes of Joy and Jim Taljan on Candlewycke Drive, and John Michtich and Karen Cockley on Farmhouse Lane.

The Fulling Mill Inn bed-and-breakfast, also in Lower Swatara, celebrated its first holiday season in business as a tour stop. Owners Duane and Paula Rhodes opened the facility in May after 2-1/2 years of renovations.

Duane Rhodes formerly operated a restaurant with his mother in the homestead.

The Tattered Flag brewery and pub on South Union Street held an art show during the holiday home tour featuring the work of Middletown artist Stacey Miller. Miller creates commissioned paintings of the area’s historic sites for the Middletown Area Historical Society and works as an art teacher at Middletown Area Middle School.

“We live in a very historic place with beautiful architecture. … It really is a great teaching tool,” Miller said.

Other Middletown venues welcoming holiday tourists on Saturday included St. Peter’s Kierch, B’nai Jacob Synagogue, the Holiday Gift Shop, and of course, the Historical Museum, home of the Middletown Historical Society.

 

 

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