Bear Trap brings back popular home tour

Village of Bear Trap Dunes’ home owners are looking beyond this holiday week toward the coming holiday season, and are again decorating their houses with lights, Christmas trees and décor, as part of plans to host the fourth Bear Trap-sponsored Holiday Home Tour.

After a one-year layoff following a successful event in 2004, seven homes are participating in this year’s Dec. 2 tour.
“They will be decorated to the hilt,” said Maureen Hurst, the event’s co-chair and first-year homeowner in Bear Trap. Hurst and Mary Jane Bauer organized this year’s event. “They’re really going crazy with the decorations.”

Tickets for the tour cost $20 and can be purchased the day of the event or by calling the Bear Trap pavilion, where the festivities will start, at (302) 537-6371.

The tour, officially dubbed “The Celebration of Life Holiday Home Tour” and presented by the neighborhood’s home owner’s association, will last from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2. It will feature a silent auction and raffle, and will benefit a worthy cause.

All proceeds, as well as the more than $4,000 raised — according to Hurst — at the golf classic earlier this month, will benefit the Delaware Hospice’s New Hope program, which helps grieving children and adolescents.

After registering at the pavilion at 3 p.m., a bus — normally used to transport families to and from the beach in the summer — will tour the neighborhood, stopping at each of the seven homes featured on the tour.

Loose Ends, a local duo, is expected to perform in one of the homes. A former opera singer, who is the mother of one of the home owners, will serve as a host in another while her opera music plays in the background, Hurst said.

About 200 people attended the previous Holiday Home Tour, in 2004 — an event that brought in close to $6,000, she added. Hurst said that she, Bauer and the other home owners involved with the event hope to host up to and perhaps even beyond 250 people for this year’s tour and raise more money for the Delaware Hospice.

The silent auction and raffle, which will be held in the community pavilion and feature wine and cheese and other refreshments, should help boost the proceeds. Local artists’ work and gift certificates to local restaurants are among the auction and raffle items at the event, which Hurst is sure to be a success.

“It gets you into the holiday spirit,” Hurst said. “It’s for a good cause (in this) season of giving and also it’s a lot of fun to get the community together.”