GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

December 5, 2012

Holiday hosts

Inns and homes open to visitors

By Gail McCarthy
Staff Writer

---- — ROCKPORT — Homes and inns will have open doors Saturday for the second Seashells and Jingle Bells benefit tour, which takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. The tour features 12 stops at local houses and inns, all decorated for the holidays, and each site will feature a sampling of food or drink.

“This holiday house tour will be an opportunity to see how other families will get together to celebrate the holidays as well as pick up an idea or two,” said Diane Ambrose of the Rockport PTO, a tour organizer. “While touring, you also will enjoy festive music, food and drink.”

Highlights this year include tea with Mrs. Claus at a seaside historic inn, music performances from Rockport High instrumentalists and vocal enthusiasts, and much more.

Due to the success of last year’s tour, the event was organized again this year as part of ongoing fund-raising efforts for local students.

The proceeds will benefit the more than 85 students in Rockport High School’s marketing classes and DECA program. Rockport High teacher Scott Larson explained that the students compete in three levels of competition each year. Each stage of competition has both registration and transportation costs. With the help of the Rockport PTO, this event was designed to raise money to help defray some of the students’ costs.

Advance tickets are $20 and available at Rockport Inn and Suites at 183 Main St. and Toad Hall Bookstore, both in Rockport, or online at http://seashellsandjinglebellsr kpt.blogspot.com/. Tickets will be available Saturday for $25. The self-guided tour starts at Rockport Inn and Suites, where the programs are ready for pick up.

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Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3445, or gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.com.