---- — PLATTSBURGH — Every year, the Kent-Delord House Museum hosts its Secret Holiday House Tours so people can visit some of the most beautifully decorated houses in the community.
This year, the tours involve an interior holiday decorating competition, sponsored by Vice President Financial Consultant Andrew Lomanto at Community Investment Services at Community Bank.
The tours are scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.
The three judges of the event are Lois Clermont, editor of the Press-Republican; Caroline Kehne, editor of Lake Champlain Weekly; and Josh Kretser from POD Design.
The first-place prize will have a value of $100 and second place, $75.
Tickets for Holiday Secret House Tours are $15 and will be available for purchase starting Nov. 19. Contact Scarlett McBride at 643-6678 or Patricia Loughan at 561-6571 to purchase tickets.
People who want to suggest their house for the Holiday House Tour should call 561-1035.
MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE
The Garden Club at the Kent-Delord House Museum is also busy decorating the historical house for the holiday season. It will be decorated with collections old and new, including contemporary and modern political campaign buttons, Peruvian molas art, Christmas postcards, Inuit art, Lusterware, antique windup tin toys, cast-iron banks, a Hummel village, German steins, bells, salt and pepper shakers, antique clothing and more.
The community can view the decorations at the Kent-Delord House Museum Holiday Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2. Refreshments will be served, and holiday centerpieces will be offered as prizes for a raffle.
Another event has been added to this year’s festivities. The museum will be holding a Holiday Cookie Contest, sponsored by Parker Chevrolet, with three categories for submissions: Holiday Cookies, Old-Fashioned Cookies and Young Baker’s Division.
For the Holiday Cookies category, participants can enter cherished holiday favorites. For the Old-Fashioned Cookies category, old family cookie recipes can be entered. The Young Bakers Division is for people under 18 years old. Each category will have a $75 first prize.
The judges for the cookie contest will be Trevor Laughlin of DeLish, Melissa Frederick from Batter’s Up and Connie Mandeville from the Kent-Delord House Museum.
Cookies will be due for judging on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Judges will convene on Dec. 12, and the winner will be announced on Dec. 13.
The deadline for the contest application form is Dec. 1. All who wish to participate must call the museum at 561-1035.