Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore (CBES) was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Onancock Christmas Homes Tour funds. Over the past 18 years, the Homes Tour has hosted thousands of visitors in houses that are decorated for the holidays, while donating close to $125,000 to local non-profit organizations.

The Onancock Christmas Homes Tour is coordinated by the Onancock Business and Civic Association (OBCA). This year’s event will be held Saturday, December 8 and features six homes on Onancock Creek. Each year, OBCA selects a non-profit organization to receive event proceeds. Applicants must demonstrate how they would use the funds to enhance the quality of life in Onancock and/or increase the success of the Onancock business community.

“For 30 years, CBES has worked to protect this special place we call home,” said Donna Bozza, CBES executive director. “We are honored that OBCA has chosen to support our work through this year’s Christmas Homes Tour.”

The environmental nonprofit CBES is dedicated to promoting balanced growth, preserving the Shore’s cultural and natural resources, and enhancing the quality of life of all citizens. It works to inform, engage and empower citizens on issues that impact the Shore community through their news journal ShoreLine, published monthly since 1988, as well as informational seminars and candidate forums.

CBES’ signature annual event – the Between the Waters Bike Tour – will be based in Onancock this year. Now in its 26 th year, the event draws more than 1000 cyclists and their support teams, and brings significant economic impact to the host town. Almost 90 percent of the riders are from off the Shore and are often repeat visitors to the area. The Onancock Christmas Homes Tour and Music Festival, held at Historic Cokesbury Church, are the centerpieces of a weekend of holiday festivities in Onancock that includes a special theater production, a holiday open house at Ker Place, and Santa’s arrival at the town dock. The weekend concludes with a Christmas parade through town.

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