Town tradition

This year’s Christmas in Amherst Village House Tour on Saturday, Dec. 13, will showcase five unique homes, representing a variety of architectural styles, sizes, and ages, and all decorated for the holidays. The tour is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Each house on the tour has its own special charm, from hand-crafted kitchen cabinetry to cozy sitting rooms, from impressive original Federal-style features to family rooms designed to fit today’s needs, stunning views of North Pack and Pack Monadnock to private village patios and rock-lined ponds. History and architecture buffs will find plenty of interesting details; those who love holiday decorations will be inspired by the decor of homeowners and professionals.

As in the previous tours, each house expresses the homeowners’ personal tastes and style. This year, a professional florist and three interior decorators will add their own touches to the houses, including The Garden Party (Milford), My Feathered Nest (Amherst), Terri Tiedt Designs (Bedford), and Deb’s Decor (Bedford).

Local business supporters include the Black Forest Cafe, Boyd & Bouffard Insurance Agency LLC, Brian McGuigan/Edward Jones Investments, Dovetail Dental Associates, Susan Frenette/Citizens Bank, Hampshire Hills, and TD Wealth. 

Courtesy vans will be available between Clark and Wilkins Schools, each house and the church at 11 Church St. on the village green. Several of the homes are within walking distance.

Tickets are $30 in advance; $40 on the day of tour. Additional information and tickets are available at www.ccamherst.org/cav or at the church office at 11 Church St., from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays. Tickets are also available in Amherst at the Black Forest Cafe, Moulton’s Market, Amherst Garden Center & Flower Shop and in Milford at the Toadstool Bookshop. Ticket holders are entitled to a 10 percent discount at the Black Forest Cafe on the day of the tour.

Christmas in Amherst Village has become a town tradition. Sponsored by the Congregational Church of Amherst, it is an opportunity for ticket holders to visit historic homes while supporting the continuing preservation of the meetinghouse in the center of the village.