Donna Drake, Blue Springs Historical Society. Tickets for the Holiday Homes Tour are available at Yellow Strawberry, Petals & Potpourri, The Soda Shop and The Vintage Daisy, or call 419-2348 or 419-8304.
1 What is the Blue Springs Historical Society working on for 2009?
The first phase of Heritage Garden; rewiring the Dillingham-Lewis House Museum; replacing the water system of the museum; finish painting the Chicago-Alton Hotel; paint the museum, and replace the floor in the summer kitchen.
2 The holiday homes tour is this weekend. Tell us a little about it and why it’s important to Blue Springs.
The 6th annual Christmas Homes Tour includes seven houses of different periods of time, and it’s the Historical Society’s main money maker of the year. It helps us keep the museum open so the people of Blue Springs can discover the past.
3 When did you become involved with the Blue Springs Historical Society?
I’ve been a member about four years. When the museum chair decided to pursue other avenues, I became the chair, and this is my second year in this position.
4 What can people do to become involved with your organization? Are there seasonal opportunities?
They need to join the society for a minimal fee. They need to become involved and work with the members on projects that interest them.
5 What other holiday events (and others throughout the year) in Blue Springs are worth penciling onto the calendar?
There are several, including Heritage Day Festival in May during National Heritage Week; the sale of donuts and coffee in September during Fall Fun Fest parade; two annual sales at the hotel of donated items, April and October; Crock Pot Soup Cook Off in connection with downtown's Cruisin’ Main; a shift at the Chicago Lights; estate sales of founding members. There are many.