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Tour celebrates the trappings of the season

GHS Theatre Friends’ provides a Christmas Tour of Homes

POSTED: December 2, 2010 12:30 a.m.

There are few holidays as beautiful as Christmas.

Christmas decorations are a holiday staple with trees, lights and wreaths. Without putting hours of decorating in oneself, an easy way to enjoy this stunning décor is to find it.

Some may have decorating geniuses nearby who light up local neighborhoods with holiday cheer; others may enjoy decked-out theme parks. However, both of these take extra
time or money, and who has an excess of either?

Plus, once you find a beautifully decorated home, have you ever wondered what the inside looks like?

Gainesville High School's Theatre Friends has organized a Christmas Tour of Homes to show whether the inside of a decorated house matches the glory of its outer appearance.

"This is our third year sponsoring the tour and we're very excited about it," said Teresa Syfan, the chair of the GHS Christmas Tour of Homes committee. "The first year we hosted it was the year Mrs. (Pam) Ware's drama troupe was invited to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. We did it to raise money for the trip and just continued it for the kids - they love it."

Four homes are featured on the tour. All are within the Gainesville city limits and are known for their holiday decorations.

"I have a few friends with beautiful homes I knew would be great for the tour," Syfan said. "We invited them to open their home and they graciously complied."

On the tour, patrons will be able to tour the inside and outside of each home. Tours will be conducted by GHS drama students and their parents.

"I love the entire Christmas season. I especially love the real meaning of Christmas: celebrating Christ's birthday," Syfan said. "I love the church concerts and Christmas music and, of course, the decorations. I encourage everyone to come and enjoy the decorations on the tour. All proceeds go towards bettering future productions."

The Gainesville High drama department recently won the state Class AAA One Act Play Competition with its production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."

"I want to encourage the entire community to join us on Sunday to help support Gainesville's theatre department," Syfan said. "All of the funds will support the department in the fashion we've grown accustomed to and will allow us to continue loving and enjoying it."



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