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“Nights Before Christmas” Tour of Homes in Madison, Nov. 27-28 and Dec. 4-5

October 21, 2015 Leave a comment
Nights Before Christmas Tour of Homes

Nights Before Christmas Tour of Homes. Image provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.

By Ann Mulligan
Madison Visitors Center

The 2015 Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes features six private homes, the Madison Presbyterian Church (celebrating 200 years), three historic sites and the History Center Museum.

There are three Hospitality Sites, where tour goers can stop in for a free refreshment and restrooms. Dates for this year’s tour are November 27 & 28 and December 4 & 5. Hours for the tour are Fridays 5-9 and Saturdays 3-9.

Tickets are on sale now at the Visitors Center, 601 W. First St., Madison Indiana and online at www.nightsbeforechristmas.com. Ticket prices are $12.50 for adults, through Nov. 13 and $15 after. Children’s tickets are $5 for children ages 5-15.

This year’s tour features four homes, never before seen, on any previous home tour:

The Lamson-Albers Home has undergone a complete makeover in the six months since it was purchased.

Once the residence of a local silversmith and watchmaker, The John Boyd Home served as a boarding house in the 1930s and 1940s and was known as the Danner House.

The Patton and Long Homes, located side by side, are believed to be from the same era. Both homeowners have done extensive work to make them the charming cottages you see today. They have successfully blended the old with the new and created a haven anyone would love to call home.

The Garber-Courtney Home, previously featured on the 2007 Christmas tour, has undergone extensive changes since last seen.

The Schroeder Home, originally featured on the 2000 Tri Kappa Tour of Homes, was damaged by a fire in recent years, but has been restored to its original charm.

All of the private homes on this year’s tour are located on Main St., with all but one, on the West end of town.

As always, Madison’s “crown jewel,” the Lanier Mansion, will be featured as well as the Schofield House and the Jefferson County Historical Society’s History Center, which will display gingerbread houses made by area children.

This year, Historic Madison, Inc. will showcase the Schroeder Saddletree Factory, a first for the Christmas tour. Hospitality sites include the Little Golden Fox, Galena Garlic Co., and the Seifert Short Folk Art and Doll Museum.

Another popular feature of the tour is the Great Cookie Caper! This event is held at the Visitors Center, 601 W. First St., Madison Indiana. It features a wide selection of homemade cookies and sweet treats. Cookies and treats may be purchased by the box for $6 or $12 or 3 cookies for $1.

This will be the 5th year for the Cookie Caper and each year the Christmas tour donates all proceeds to a local charitable organization. This year’s sales will benefit Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children.

Since its inception, the Cookie Caper in conjunction with “Nights” has raised nearly $7,000.00. Past beneficiaries include Lide White Boy’s and Girl’s Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity and the Jefferson County Animal Shelter.

The hours for the Cookie Caper are 4-8pm on both Fridays and 2-8pm (while supplies last) on both Saturdays of the tour.

Irish Festivities in Madison, Indiana, Mar. 10-15, 2015

March 7, 2015 Leave a comment
Ohio River riverfront gazebo in Madison, IN.

Madison, Indiana Gazebo on the Ohio River riverfront. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Ann Mulligan
Visit Madison, Inc.

Madison pays homage to its Irish roots with a week-long series of events beginning March 10, 2015 when The Ohio Valley Celtic Society hosts a showing of “The Matchmaker” at the Red Bicycle Hall at 7 pm. This 1997 romantic comedy set in Ireland is for adults only. Beverages & snacks are available and proceeds support The Madison Ulster Project.

On Wednesday, March 11, a Celtic Symposium begins at 6pm with light refreshments at The Jefferson County Historical Society. This will be an evening of light-hearted, fun and educational topics of Celtic life and history. Topics will touch on the influences of Celtic Culture in our own community.

John Nyberg, Executive Director of The Jefferson County Historical Society is a featured speaker. He is currently researching a community of Irish weavers in the Canaan area in the early 1900s and will give an overview of the project. The Symposium is free to the public with donations accepted to benefit Jefferson County Historical Society.

The highlight of the celebration will be on Friday, March 13, beginning at 5 pm in Madison’s downtown. The Ohio Valley Celtic Society will be organizing Irish Road Bowling from 5-7pm. On this short urban course, participants roll cannonballs down the alley and the player with the fewest throws to travel the distance wins the contest.

Revelers will love A Taste of Ireland. For only $35, you’ll visit 9 of Madison’s favorite restaurants and bars for a traditional Irish dish or drink. You’ll try dishes like Dublin Coddle, Shepherd’s Pie, Guinness, Irish Coffee, and more. There are 2 seatings at 6pm and 6:45pm or diners can present their ticket at the participating establishments between 5pm and 9pm. Tickets are on sale now until March 12 at the Madison Visitors Center, 601 West First St. or by calling 812-265-2956.

Free trolley rides are available to make sure you don’t miss any of the action. You’ll enjoy Irish music and Irish step dancers or dress like a leprechaun and compete for a $50 Best Leprechaun prize.

Rounding out the celebration is an Irish Tea on Sunday, March 15 at the Shrewsbury-Windle House, 301 W. First Street, from 2-5pm. Enjoy a selection of Irish teas served with classic tea snacks at this beautiful historic property. This is open to the public at no charge but donations are accepted.

For more information or to purchase A Taste of Ireland tickets, contact Visit Madison at 800-559-2956.