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HISTORIC HOME TOURS, SING-ALONGS PLANNED.

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Tours of historic homes and a Christmas sing-along will be part of the annual Christmas in Rand Camp.

The Dec. 13 event, sponsored by the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert, takes place in Randsburg, an 1890s mining town known as a ``living ghost town'' because it is still inhabited.

Home tours will run from 10 to 11:45 a.m. beginning at Plum Cottage, the second house west of the fire station on Butte Avenue, Randsburg's main street. There visitors can tour the cottage and get a map to the rest of the homes on the tour.

The historic homes are not generally handicapped accessible, organizers said.

New to the tour this year will be the former Methodist parsonage and a WPA outhouse.

At noon, guests will head for the Santa Barbara Catholic Church for a yuletide sing along and a reading by Lorraine Blair of an 1898 newspaper account of a Christmas in Randsburg.

Lunch can be purchased in Randsburg or nearby Red Mountain. Antique and craft shops are available for buying Christmas gifts.

At 2 p.m., cider will be served at Rose Cottage.

There will be a $5 fee, which may be paid at Plum Cottage. Reservations must be made by Dec. 10 by calling historical society President Bruce Wertenberger at (760) 375-2369 or Bev and Ron Atkins at (760) 446-6700.

Leave your name, phone number and number of guests in your party.

The event has sold out the last two years, so early reservations are recommended, organizers said.

To reach Randsburg, take the Antelope Valley Freeway north through Mojave. From Highway 14, turn off onto the Redrock Randsburg Road 17.5 miles north of Mojave. Drive east 20 miles to Randsburg. Turn right at the stop sign onto Butte Avenue, and Plum Cottage is on the right, two houses before the fire station.
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Date:Dec 1, 2003
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