The 8th annual Semmes Christmas Tour, which includes three private residences, two businesses and two parks, will take place Saturday, Dec. 10, from 3-7 p.m.
The homes, all decorated in the individual style of the owners, are those of Cheryl and Ronnie Ivy, Jennifer and Darrin Chappell, and Kim and Paul Gully.
Businesses featured are Meggie B’s Christmas Store, which will offer discounts and incentives, and Air Specialty Inc. Heating and Air Conditioning.
Semmes Senior Center, the historic home of the Blackwell Nursery family, and Semmes Heritage Park also are on the tour, along with city of Semmes Honor Park and Camellia Park.
Semmes Senior Center will be decked out in traditional fashion to highlight its historic significance and will be the venue to showcase fine art by local artists.
Semmes Heritage Park, including Malone Chapel, the 1902 Semmes School and a turn-of-the-century log cabin, will hold Open House during the tour hours. Semmes Honor Park will have a thrilling light display and Camellia Park will be decked out as Whoville, with a real live Grinch played by Robert Moore. Santa, in the person of Rob Bearden, will visit various sites during the tour.
The annual event is sponsored by the Semmes Woman’s Club and co-chaired by members Diane Moore and Terri Nelson. Committee members are Ann Phillips, Sharadee Davis, Betty Brunson, Mandi Robison, Miranda Wilder, Melissa Parks, Alice Baker, Leigh Quinnelly, Barbara Jennings, Linda Ryals and Jamie Tapia.
Sponsoring advertisers include the city of Semmes and Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson. Other partners include Target, Wal-Mart and Walgreens.
As Moore notes, the Semmes Christmas Tour is very much a community event, involving many volunteers and contributors from throughout the area to ensure its success. The Azalea Trail Maids, Camellia Maids and some Mary G. Montgomery High School students will be volunteering their services for the tour.
Tickets cost $10 per person in advance and are available at Semmes Senior Center, Meggie B’s, Century Bank and Regions Bank, all in Semmes. Admission at the door is $12.
Guests will receive a map of tour sites when they arrive at Allentown Elementary School, the starting point. Proceeds from the tour will benefit historical preservation efforts in Semmes.
An extra special touch is the awarding of door prizes to lucky guests; the gifts are donated by area businesses and SWC members.
The tour begins with the Taste of Semmes from 3-5 p.m. at Allentown Elementary School, 10330 Howells Ferry Road in Semmes. Eighteen eateries and specialty shops will provide samples of their favorite dishes for guests to enjoy. Those partners include Chef Rob & Co., Chick-fil-A, Chill Yogurt, Cindy’s Cakes, Dan Merritt, Foosackly’s, Ginger Chambliss Caterer, Greer’s, Hickory Pit Too, Lenny’s Sub Shop, Los Rancheros, Moe’s Original BBQ, Papa John’s Pizza, Sakura, Semmes House of Pizza, Subway, Taylor Made Bakery and Winn-Dixie. More tasting partners may be added later.