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Reeves-Reed Arboretum Holiday House Tour Countdown

SUMMIT – With less than a month to go, the holiday elves are fast at work preparing the elegant Summit homes participating in this year's fundraiser, Holiday House Tour, set for Thursday, December 3. And no location could be more abuzz with activity, nor more festive, than the lovely, historic Twin Maples. Thanks to a collaborative partnership between the Arboretum and the Fortnightly Club of Summit, Twin Maples will be dressed for the holidays by a generous group of professional interior decorators who will create a holiday designer show house, sure to be a stellar attraction of this year's tour. A theme of "something old can be made new" will guide visitors through two levels of the mansion where the latest in furniture, fixtures, fabrics, and home goods, will be available for purchase. A percentage of each sale at the designers' show house will benefit both the Arboretum and the Fortnightly Club. All homes on the tour will be open from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. Wisner House and Twin Maples will stay open till 4:30 to accommodate the anticipated increase of holiday house tour guests.

The designers of the Twin Maples' show house include Julie Ronner Interior Design, Pereaux Interior Design, Donna Donaldson Interior Design, Accents by Design, Virginia Liberto of CWI, Inc., Interior Decisions, Inc., Cove Carpeting, and Danielle Ann Millican, Inc. Hope Sferra, of Hope Sferra Interiors, Inc. is the design "captain" at Twin Maples and will coordinate all the design activities at this unique century old estate.

To purchase tickets or for additional information about Holiday House Tour, and related holiday events at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, please visit or call 908-273-8787 x 1010.

Sponsors for this year's Holiday House Tour include Hall's Garden Center and Florist, The Grand Summit Hotel, The Beacon Hill Club, and Lisa Berkery Photography. The Collection is our media sponsor, and once again, Lois Schneider Realtor is the title sponsor for the event. Special thanks to our HHT Committee, headed by co-chairs, Erika Sirabian and Diane Carlson, to the project manager for the historic Twin Maples Designer Show House, Hope Sferra, and to RRA Events Manager, Joyce Zemsky.

About Reeves-Reed Arboretum: Celebrating over 40 years as an historic public garden, education resource, and non-profit conservancy, Reeves-Reed Arboretum seeks to engage, educate and enrich the public through horticulture and environmental education, and the care and utilization of the gardens and estate. Open 7 days a week from dawn till dusk, the Arboretum is listed on both the National and New Jersey State Historic Registers. Funding for RRA has been made possible in part by the NJ Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Dept. of Parks & Community Renewal.

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