STEP into Christmas

Five homes were featured on the STEP Into Christmas tour last year, including this home at 185 Maple Avenue in Rocky Mount.

Solutions That Empower People, Inc. is accepting sponsors for the second annual STEP Into Christmas home tour featuring several of Rocky Mount’s distinctive historic homes.

Set for Saturday, Dec. 7, visitors will get a firsthand view of sections of select homes in the Claiborne Avenue neighborhood in Rocky Mount. Ticket holders can see unique and beautiful Christmas decorations and learn interesting tidbits about each home. Included in the tour will be a glimpse of the High Street Cemetery and some of its history. Refreshments will be offered at The Franklin Center on Claiborne. This year’s tour will also feature a Festival of Trees at the center.

This event is part of the annual Come Home to a Franklin County Christmas festival, which will be Friday, Dec. 6, and the Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 8.

Sponsors will be acknowledged in a variety of ways through publicity and recognition the day of the event, according to STEP Executive Director Marc Crouse.

“It’s a great way to get the word out about businesses and organizations while supporting a good cause,” he said. Sponsorships are available at several levels.

Last year was the inaugural event for the home tour, which showcased five historic homes on Maple Avenue. More than 500 people attended. Tickets for this year’s tour will be for sale starting in October for $15 in advance ($20 on festival day).