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Friends of the Canby Library have five homes lined up, ready to spread some Christmas cheer this year

There's a special feeling about creating something from scratch and then watching it flower into a part of a town's holiday fabric.

That's what's has happened to the Christmas Tour of Homes program from the Friends of the Canby Library.

This year's sixth annual Tour will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features five Canby homes decorated inside and out for Christmas. It's something Canby folks, as well as visitors from outside the town, have come to expect - and get excited about.

"Joyce (Ares) and I came up with the idea and every time we think it has run its course, someone calls and says they want to put their house in," said Susan Bitter. "So, we say 'Okay, we'll do it again.' It's a really fun event, and people are starting to know who we are and understand what we do.

"That's important to us," she added. "We've kind of been in the background a long time."

No longer.

JOHN BAKER - The annual Christmas Tour of Homes offers a glimpse into Canby  homes that are decorated for Christmas.

For the first four years, the event brought in about $2,000, but last year's event got to the $3,000 level, something that helped the Friends as they finished the Teen Room at the Canby Public Library.

Bitter said she's hoping that kind of participation will continue in 2019. While last year's Tour had an historical theme, this year's will simply be five homes in Canby that have willingly opened their doors for the community visit.

"We've got three off of Territorial, one in the new subdivision off 13th, and one in Postlewait," said Bitter. "They are very creative people and I'm excited about it. It's going to be good again. People come in and look at your goodies and 'ooh and aah' and it's just a really fun thing to do."

At the end of the tour, the board members who were taking tickets and doing other jobs during the tour, get a chance to have their own look at the homes, then head to someone's place and have their own little post-tour party.

"It's a lot of fun for us, too," Bitter said.

With the Teen Room finished, the funds raised will go to other projects and programs at the Canby Public Library. The Friends fund a host of programs each month at the library and have raised their funding to near $22,000 a year. It's a lot of money, noted Bitter, but the Friends have a fierce commitment to accentuating the library's many attributes.

This year's Christmas Tour of Homes plays a major role in that fundraising.

Cost for the tour is $15 and tickets are available through the Canby Public Library or Cutsforth's Thriftway.


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