‘Sip& Shop’ holiday event will include a peek inside historic Camas home

Tickets are available for the event that includes a double decker bus tour

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A brand new event will fill downtown Camas with festive cheer this holiday season.

The Holiday Sip & Shop is an after-hours shopping, dining and historic home tour event on Thursday, Dec. 3 from 5 to 9 p.m.

A fundraiser for the Downtown Camas Association, this event will feature wine, beer, cider and other tastings in downtown locations; holiday shopping specials; caroling on street corners; and holiday street lighting aglow along Northeast Fourth Avenue.

Ticket-holders receive a ride on a double-decker bus and a tour of the historic Mill Manager’s House that was recently renovated by Bob and Terri Shanahan, local business owners. The bus will make frequent loops from downtown to this nearby historic home which will be decorated for the holidays.

The Dutch Colonial Revival house was designed by world-famous architect A. E. Doyle and built in 1923 by the Camas paper mill as a residence for its manager. Several mill managers lived in the home until the 1970s when it was purchased by the Meehan family. The Shanahan’s bought the property from the Meehan family trust in 2014.

Tickets for the Holiday Sip and Shop are $25 each, which includes one free drink and a holiday passport showing the participating locations in downtown. Participants who gather at least 10 stamps in their passports will be entered to win an “Enjoy Downtown Camas” package that includes an overnight stay in the Camas Hotel, dinner for two, movie tickets at the historic Liberty Theatre, coffee, cupcakes, a bottle of olive oil, and more.

Double Decker PDX, owned by Camas residents Minda and Kevin Coombs, is sponsoring the event and providing the double decker transportation for the home tour.

“We are very excited to bring this event to Camas,” said Carrie Schulstad, DCA executive director. “It will be a classy shopping and downtown experience with lots of added bonuses and will celebrate our small town feel, love of history, and the holiday season. This event will also help support the initiatives in Downtown Camas that help downtown to thrive, keep people connected, and provide pride in our community. A sincere thank you to the Shanahans for opening up their incredible home so we can see a glimpse of Camas history as well as its renovations and current artful d?cor.”

The nonprofit DCA, a Washington State Main Street Program, works to strengthen and promote Camas through partnerships, events, beautification and historic preservation projects, economic development, advocacy and tourism functions.

Tickets can be purchased at http://downtowncamas.com/events-and-festivals/holiday-sip-shop-in-downtown-camas.

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