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Holiday tour showcases local homes

Date: 12/6/2011

Dec. 7, 2011

By Debbie Gardner

Assistant Editor

AGAWAM — A group of local homes, decorated in holiday splendor, will open their doors to visitors on Dec. 10 in support of the Agawam Junior Women’s Club.

The six properties — located on Elm St., Silver St., Gunn Geary lane, Wagon Wheel Drive, Line St and Mill St. — will invite visitors in to tour their holiday decorations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets, priced at $15, are available at Holly’s Fashion Consignment in Feeding Hills, Hidden Treasures in Agawam, from any member of the Junior Women’s Club and at any of the homes the day of the tour. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Junior Women’s Club’s programs, which include scholarships, holiday baskets for the needy, and an annual summer safety program for first-time bus riders.

Mary Cincotta, chair of the club’s first-ever Holiday Homes Tour, said members were looking for a new fund-raiser to support their programs, and thought the home tour was a good idea. The club recruited homeowners to participate “by word of mouth,” she added.

“Somebody knew somebody …that’s how it happens,” she said.

Taking a page from West Springfield’s home tour, the club approached Pilgrim Candle, offering the local business an opportunity to showcase a fragrance at each home.

“They were more than willing to work with us,” she said, adding that the selected scents will be available at each location for $10.

In addition to the candles, Cincotta said two local florists, Floral Concepts by Tom and Country Flowers and Gifts, will be supplying arrangements to complement each showcase home.

As an added treat, two of the homeowners, Sandi Conti, whose home is on Gunn Geary Lane, and Mary Ann Dietschler, who resides on Elm Street, have plans to offer home-baked goodies to their visitors.

For more information about the Junior Women’s Club Holiday Home Tour, including a complete list of the properties, visit

Debbie Gardner can be reached by email at

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