Deck the halls
Get ready for the Holidays! It’s time for the Holiday Home Decoration Contest.
All Old Towne residents are invited to deck the halls and decorate your house in this annual tradition. Awards are given to Best Block, Most Old Fashioned, Best Use of Lights, Most Original and Most Beautiful. Judges will be cruising Old Towne to view the festive homes beginning at 6:00pm on Sunday, December 15, 2013.
Join in this fun and joyful contest and add a bit of holiday spirit to the season.
2013 Home Tour
The 2013 Old Towne Orange Historic Home Tour was an event not to miss! Over 1000 tickets were sold for our special 2-day event with tourgoers arriving from neighboring cities such as Riverside, Corona, Newport Beach, Irvine and parts of L.A.
Special thanks to Bobby & Lori Babcock of RWB Party Props, homeowners: Jeff & Sandy Frankel, Mike & Bonnie Gracia, Bob & Marva Hitchcock, Wayne Gensler & Glory Johnson and Joe Peters for opening the doors of their wonderful homes and commercial building for all to enjoy. And enjoy they did.
I’d also like to thank homeowner, Sandy Frankel, for not only having her home on the tour but handling the publicity and doing a stellar job; first time Floral Coordinator, Gayle Ray, worked with many florists around town to provide each home with one (or more!) arrangements that always add just that right ‘special touch’; Gary Zdenek for his fantastic graphic design abilities; my husband, Steve, and Jonathan Neal for providing support wherever and whenever needed. And, boy was it needed!
A centrally-located Will Call with parking is an essential component when planning the home tour, so we are very grateful to the Orange Public Library for allowing us to set up camp for the weekend. I know our visitors appreciated it as well. And, of course, thank you to Al Ricci for the Ricci Realty trolley driven by “Tony”. Tony and the trolley were, as always, a big hit.
With the significant efforts put forth by committee members: Glory Johnson (homeowner on the tour), Mike Ochs, Diana Zdenek and Annalisa Goode (who also doubled as a Lead Docent); Lead Docents: Aaron Alduenda, Peggy Calvert, Nancy Luna and Mary Matuzak, this event would not have been possible.
A very special thank you to Mayor Tita Smith and to the councilmembers whom support our historic district, not just during home tours, but each and every day.
2013 Home Tour Chair
About the OTPA
The Old Towne Preservation Association (OTPA) works to maintain the historic integrity and economic viability of the area through education, community involvement, and service projects which support the concerns of Orange residents to maintain this neighborhood for future generations.