Historic house plans Victorian Christmas
OCEAN SPRINGS -- The reception is free, and refreshments will be served from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday for the Victorian Christmas open house at the Charnley-Norwood House on East Beach.
Parking is available at the Mary C. O'Keefe Arts and Education Center, 1600 Government St., with transportation to the home by CTA.
Arguably the Coast's most significant piece of architecture, the home was designed and built in 1890 by the father of the skyscraper, architect Louis Sullivan of Chicago. Renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright was Sullivan's draftsman and assisted with the design. The home was destroyed by fire and rebuilt immediately with original plans in 1897, and pieced back together after Katrina in 2005 thanks to state departments of Archives & History and Marine Resources. It is considered an important example of the architectural transition from Victorian to the modern style Wright made famous. Those who attend are asked to wear footwear appropriate for soft wood floors. No high heels will be allowed.
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Watch for decorated bicycles for Dec. 18 ride
PASCAGOULA -- The city's holiday festivities will include a Dec. 18 Tour of Lights bicycle ride, bringing cyclists through neighborhoods to take in Christmas decorations.
Cyclists will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Pascagoula Recreation Center, 2935 Pascagoula St. The ride departs at 6 p.m. Cyclists are encouraged to decorate themselves and their bikes. The ride is free and open to all ages and fitness levels. It's expected to be a 1½-hour ride with pizza, hot chocolate and a tacky holiday sweater contest after the ride. Holiday treats to share are accepted.
City officials expect the tour to be well attended and hope it generates more awareness for the city's "Share the Road" safety initiative for bicyclists.
Details, Kristi Ducote, 938-2356 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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