Bethlehem Press

Sunday, September 22, 2019
press photos by alli poCZAKOne of the 11 trees decorated at the Kemmer Museum was the Bethlehem Steel Tree, decked out in silver and Steel themed ornaments. Visitors could vote for their favorite tree each inspired by a different work of art. press photos by alli poCZAKOne of the 11 trees decorated at the Kemmer Museum was the Bethlehem Steel Tree, decked out in silver and Steel themed ornaments. Visitors could vote for their favorite tree each inspired by a different work of art.
Homeowner Johanna Ruest has shown off her classy decorations on three different Christmas House Tours the past few years while living in Bethlehem. Homeowner Johanna Ruest has shown off her classy decorations on three different Christmas House Tours the past few years while living in Bethlehem.
Garden Club members Grayce Ruth and Angelika Cornelius next to Cornelius’s artfully decorated tree. It was estimated around 500 people attended this year’s Christmas House Tour. Garden Club members Grayce Ruth and Angelika Cornelius next to Cornelius’s artfully decorated tree. It was estimated around 500 people attended this year’s Christmas House Tour.
The mural featured in homeowner and Bethlehem Garden Club member Kathie Klein’s dining room depicts the surrounding neighborhood as it was almost 100 years ago when originally built. The mural featured in homeowner and Bethlehem Garden Club member Kathie Klein’s dining room depicts the surrounding neighborhood as it was almost 100 years ago when originally built.
Kathie Klein explained how each year she collects more decorations than the year before. She enjoys seeking out vintage decorations like these retro ornaments from the ’40s and ’50s on her tree. Kathie Klein explained how each year she collects more decorations than the year before. She enjoys seeking out vintage decorations like these retro ornaments from the ’40s and ’50s on her tree.
La Petite Provence on Main Street in Bethlehem helped with many of the decorations featured in this Christmas House. La Petite Provence on Main Street in Bethlehem helped with many of the decorations featured in this Christmas House.
Barbra Tracy and Jeff Hutwelker decorate inside and outside their home with classy arrangements and fresh natral greens. Barbra Tracy and Jeff Hutwelker decorate inside and outside their home with classy arrangements and fresh natral greens.

Christmas house tour a delight

Monday, December 31, 2018 by Alli PoCZAK Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

This holiday season the Bethlehem Garden Club and it’s 25 dedicated members organized a cheerful Christmas House Tour throughout the City of Bethlehem. Six gorgeous homes were showcased during the December event.

The tour started at the Kemerer Museum, where tickets could be purchased and guests got their first taste of Christmas. Eleven trees, each inspired by a different piece of art at the museum, were all decorated by the Bethlehem Garden Club. Trees featured themes such as Bethlehem Steel, circus, abstract art, Bethlehem Star, and paperweights.

After taking in the beautifully decorated trees at the Kemerer, guests continued to each of the six homes on the tour. Each house had the help from multiple garden club members who volunteered to assist as guides in each home. Guides elaborated on the current decor and key pieces that made each house unique. Certain items included handmade quilts, paintings, and murals adding to each classy Christmas display.

One of the homes featured on the tour belonged to Angelika Cornelius, who was one of the lead members involved in the organizing and planning of this year’s Christmas House Tour. She noted this is the second house tour she’s worked on and while there’s a lot of planning and details, it’s ultimately a pleasure to be a part of. “The mission of this year’s tour was to restore funding for the scholarship program” said Cornelius. In years past, the Bethlehem Garden Club’s scholarship committee gave away scholarships to incoming college freshmen in majors involving environmental sciences, design, and horticulture. It was also noted by Bethlehem Garden Club President, Wendy-Webber Welsh, that the Christmas House Tour is their biggest fundraiser of the year.

The individual homeowners spend weeks in preparation for Christmas finding and putting up this year’s decorations. Each year their collections grow larger and more unique. The dedication and hard work put into events from organizations like the Bethlehem Garden Club help us reminded us why Bethlehem is known as the Christmas City.