Capitol Heights by Candlelight: Toyland!

By on 12 December, 2012 in Fun, Historic Midtown, Holidays, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

Hark! The Capitol Heights Civic Association extends an invitation to its annual neighborhood Christmas tour: Capitol Heights by Candlelight: Toyland! The yearly walking tour features homes in the historic neighborhood of Capitol Heights, decorated for Christmas and full of good cheer. The seasonal ambiance is further enhanced by carriage rides, strolling carolers, home-baked goodies, hot wings and other delights, and warm cider. This year’s theme, Toyland, refers to a collection of toys for the USMC Toys for Tots during the tour. The neighbors are decking the halls, musicians are planning to sing many a yuletide carol, and the beautiful homes and their hosts will be welcoming guests who come to join in the Christmas cheer Saturday, December 15, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m.

One of Montgomery’s first suburbs, Capitol Heights is so named for its location above the riverside downtown area. During the neighborhood’s early development in 1908, promoters advertised, along with homey bungalows and spacious arts and crafts houses, healthy breezes and magnificent views.

In 2012 Capitol Heights remains a popular location. Madison Avenue is experiencing a renaissance as the entryway to the renovation of the downtown area. Capitol Heights by Candlelight this year features homes between Madison Avenue and Mt. Meigs. Notable residences include the “Turner Home” and the “Stanley Home.” The Stanley home was built in 1911 by Isham Octavius Stanley. Photos and information about the home have been featured in books by Montgomery historians Mary Ann Neeley and co-writers Carole King and Karren Pell. As descendants of the Stanley family resided there until a few years ago, many family stories and information on the house exist and show that for a hundred years it has been a well-loved, comfortable home and remains so today. Current resident Danny Robinson will welcome guests into the historic Stanley home during the tour. The Turner Home was the first house built on the block in around 1910. While the new Capitol Heights Elementary School was being built (circa 1915-1917), classes were held in the Turner house. Owners Greg and Julie Wilson have been extensively renovating the stately, historic home and will be proud hosts for the tour.

At least eight other homes will be open and the area will shine with lights and ornamentation and ring with song and laughter. Tickets ($10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and children under 12 free) may be purchased in advance at Sandra Nickel Realty, Partner’s Realty, Stonehenge and the Medicine Shoppe. The day of the event, December 15 3:00 pm -7:00 pm, tickets may be purchased at Vickers Park on South Madison Terrace where the tour will start. Grab a friend, bring a toy, and come join the fun at Capitol Heights by Candlelight: Toyland 2012.

For more information (334)530 1097;

WHAT: Capitol Heights by Candlelight: Toyland

WHEN: Dec, 15 3:00pm-7:00pm

COST: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and children under 12 free

TICKETS: Advance at Sandra Nickel’s Realty, Partner’s Realty, Stonehenge, and the Medicine Shoppe; day of tour at Vickers Park.

WHERE: Tour starts at Vickers Park on South Madison Terrace. Brochures direct tour route

Karren Pell is a writer, teacher, and performer who lives with her husband, Tim Henderson, and an assortment of cats and dogs in Capitol Heights. She is the author of three books. Her musical compositions range from commercial songs to theatrical works, with five musical adaptations to her credit.

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