Last Sunday, I helped out with the Lansing Association for Community Events' first Christmas home tour. My first stop was the Lansing Country Club, where I stopped for brunch before heading to my post. The LCC was also one of the seven stops on the tour and is decorated beautifully and brunch was great — a big buffet with custom omelet station.
I spent my afternoon as a greeter at the Albrecht home, which blew me away. Every room in the house was decked out in holiday decor, including the bathrooms, bedrooms, library, kitchen and sunroom. There were several trees throughout the house and it was such a festive place to be as the snow was falling outside.
I did squeeze in time to stop by the other homes on the tour: the Hamblin house, which included a massive tree in the music room, the unique log cabin home of the Eidams that made you feel like you were celebrating Christmas up in the North Woods and the McCall house, which as a real tree person, I was totally delighted with since they have a 10-foot freshly cut tree in their home with thousands of lights on it. Each home had beautiful decor and it was great of the owners to welcome everyone in.
I didn’t have time to make it to the final two destinations on the tour, but I’ve been to both locations this season and you can visit each without being on the tour — Water’s Edge Garden, Gift and Pond Center, 18418 Wentworth Ave., which is loaded with festive decor and ornaments galore. The Lansing Historical Museum was also a stop and if you haven’t stopped in to see the Festival of Lights exhibit, be sure to do so. Museum curator Barb Dust and her team have done a wonderful job of preparing about 30 trees from a variety of countries, cultures and community groups. The event was well attended and I can’t wait to see what new places are on the tour the next time around.
Classic story at Theatre at the Center is delightful
I recently went with my son and a friend to see “A Christmas Carol: The Musical” at Theatre at the Center in Munster. Every time I go there to see a performance, I walk away stunned at how professional the shows are and extremely impressed by the actors. This one was no exception. A musical version of the Charles Dickens classic, it is a wonderful feel-good show that will put you in the proper Christmas mood. My 10-year-old, who was reluctant to tag along at first, declared at the end, “that was pretty awesome!” The show runs through Dec. 22.
Drop off toy donations for kids with cancer
Last year Dan Dempsey, of Highland, who has a son with cancer, decided to ask around for toy donations for the children’s hospital where his son was treated. He wanted the pediatric patients to pick out a toy to take their mind off of their illness or provide a little entertainment.
It was called the “No One Fights Alone” Toy Drive. Word spread and soon there were numerous drop off locations in Northwest Indiana and toy donations pouring in. I asked then-Lansing Village Clerk Patty Eidam if the Village Hall could be a drop-off location and she was happy to help. At the Lansing drop-off location alone, there were more than 2,000 toys dropped off and $2,700 in gift cards.
This year, Dempsey decided to continue the toy drive and is asking for toy donations for kids up to age 12 and also gift cards for the older patients. You can drop donations off at the Lansing Municipal Center, 3141 Ridge Road, through Tuesday.