A Christmas in Belvidere
Catie’s Closet, a nonprofit organization founded in 2010, is preparing for the second annual “A Catie’s Closet Christmas in Belvidere,” which will give the public the opportunity to tour three historical homes in Lowell’s Belvidere neighborhood. The interiors and exteriors of the homes will be professionally adorned in Christmas decor by local designer Mark Caputo.
Catie’s Closet, based in Dracut, gives 32,000 young students living in poverty access to clothing and basic necessities with the goal of improving school attendance, the emotional well-being of students and graduation rates.
The event takes place over two days, Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. The houses open for tours this year are located at 823 and 1315 Andover St., and 87 Glenwood St. There will be signs on the front lawns of the houses to help visitors find them.
“What’s really cool is that one of the houses [for this year’s event] was offered because the homeowner attended our event last year and loved it and the organization,” says Anne-Marie Sousa, founder and board president of Catie’s Closet.
Caputo, who was also the featured designer for last year’s inaugural event, is the founder of MC LifeStyles. He’s been in commercial and residential interior/exterior design, personal styling and staging for 20 years, and his work has been recognized in several industry publications, including House 2 Home and Brides magazine.
In addition to the house tours, the event will include Christmas music and attendees will be able to purchase Catie’s Closet commemorative ornaments, wreaths and Christmas trees. Those who purchase a tree can take it home or donate it to a family in need.
Tickets to the afternoon tours are $30. Children 12 and under are free. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to CatiesCloset.org/CatiesClosetChristmas.