Celebrate Christmas in Columbiana

The Columbiana Beautification Board will present its 2010 Christmas Tour of Homes on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This year’s tour will feature homes built in the early 1900s and currently in the restoration stage, as well as newer homes.

In the restoration stage are the homes of Corley and Julie Ellis and Scott and Taylor Owen. Other hosts of featured homes are those of Ray and Loretta Argo, Larry and Emily Gravitt, Michael and Kim Hale, and Chris and Avery Rhodes.

Each home is unique in its own way to inspire interest as home owners share with visitors details of homes won or lost in poker games, artifacts from renowned buildings such as the Tutwiler Hotel or basement hide-a-ways that are multi-purposed.

Tour co-chair Ouida Mayfield said, “This year’s tour will be special as the array of homes offers an unusual variety. Each home has charming aspects for visitors to appreciate. The addition of Christmas decorations used in the homes will add to everyone’s pleasure and enjoyment.”

The Beautification Board is proud to present the finest of Columbiana, a city on the move with friendly people sharing their beautiful homes.

Members hope their neighbors and other guests will take the tour to experience the real essence of Columbiana.

Tour tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door of any of the tour locations on the day of the tour. Advance tickets are on sale now at the following locations: Dr. Stancil Handley’s office, Busy Hands Framing and Gifts and the Shelby County Museum.

The Elvin Hill Community Education Dancers will perform downtown at 3 p.m. The Columbiana Christmas Parade is at 1 p.m. in downtown Columbiana.