Are you having trouble getting into the holiday spirit? Are you tired of the same old Christmas decorating scheme and looking for new ideas?
The Carroll County Arts (CCA) has announced the return of the annual Holiday Tour of Homes Dec. 13 from 1-5 p.m.
Five homes and an outdoor garden railroad will be on display for public viewing. The homes include:
- Gene and Jackie Dunlap, 838 Sunnyview Dr., SW., Carrollton. The Dunlap’s single story home will be decorated inside and out. Two live Christmas trees highlight the décor. The family room “fun tree” will be decorated with ornaments handmade over the years by the Dunlap’s children, Jonathan, now 19, and Madison, 17. A tree in the living room will feature a fancier, more designer theme. Displays of Santa Claus and snowmen will also be found throughout the home. Outside wreaths will adorn the windows, along with lights.
- Ralph and Cindy Henderson, 717 Courtview Dr. SW, Carrollton. The house the Henderson’s reside in was built in 1955 by Jim and Millie Davis. It was the last house on the right side of Courtview Dr. Scott Weir’s home was the last on the left with only fields after them. Gene and Elaine Gavorcik purchased the home in 1963 and Gene fixed radios and televisions for Patterson’s TV in the basement. The Henderson’s found thousands of small radio parts in the basement which now houses a sewing and quilting business.
The home features vintage and eclectic items for a “trip back in time.” The Christmas tree will showcase a mix of antique decorations collected from family and people the couple know. The most treasured item is a tree topper used by Cindy’s parents, Pat Lumley and the late Jack Lumley in 1956, the first year they were married. Also on display are doors from Cindy’s Great Grandma Rapiey’s home in Amsterdam from the early 1900s.
- Frank and Fran Leghart, 352 Woodside Dr., SW, Carrollton. The Leghart home has a French country décor on the main level and a country/outdoor sport décor on the lower level. There are many displays of their faith and family throughout the home. The couple has accumulated several nativity displays and other Christmas decorations during their 40 Christmas celebrations together.
- Vicki and Mackenzie Ray, 716 Courtview Dr., SW, Carrollton. Vicki enjoys rescuing and repurposing items for decorating her home. Visitors to the ranch home built in 1955 by Scott Weir, will be welcomed by a chalkboard drawing of a snowman on the screened breezeway “where snowmen are welcome all winter.” The living room is “All About Santa” while the kitchen features snowmen. A variety of ornaments, figurines, old toys and other items bring the holiday spirit to life.
Many of the decorations have been handed down from Vicki’s mother, mother-in-law, other family and friends. “Even some have been found on the curb,” she stated, living up to “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
The basement shows the family’s dedication to The Ohio State Buckeyes. Also on the property is Weir’s old workshop which Vicki is turning into her garden shed or “retreat area.”
- Sean and Janet Smith, 830 Courtview Dr. SW, Carrollton. The Smith home reflects a European flair in its varied roof heights and traditionally enhanced windows. The highlight of the one-story home is the master suite, which is the largest room in the house, complete with sitting area, lady’s desk, and daybed for overnight visits from grandchildren. The master bath features two skylights, an angled shower, corner spa tub and two separate vanities. The rest of the house is wrapped around an equally spacious living room which is accessible through arched, cased openings on three sides. The arches highlight the room’s 12 foot high ceiling. The fireplace is flanked by two of the archways, one opening into the breakfast room and the other framing a large entertainment center. The gourmet kitchen includes an island cooktop and eating bar that faces the bayed breakfast nook which offers a view of the perennial gardens and wooded lot at the rear of the property. The formal dining room is elevated six inches higher than the rest of the home and features a recessed medallion which gives a stylish effect.
Four Christmas trees adorn the home and give a peaceful glow to the interior. The wine themed kitchen features a “wine” tree while the dining room is done in pink to coordinate with the rose colored walls. The 10 ft. living room tree is also coordinating with room colors in burgundy while the master bedroom tree is more contemporary with teal lights and decorations. The crystal Nativity is a focal point on the mantle in the living room.
- Lester and Melanie Dodds Garden Railroad, 220 Wayne Ave., (Carroll View Terrace) Carrollton. A train buff since childhood, Dodds’ G Scale Garden Railroad will take visitors on an imaginery trip to the North Pole. Using 250 feet of track, the steam engine and passenger cars will travel down the drive, around the garage and climb a mountain on its trip to the North Pole. The engine will cross a suspension bridge and climb 31-inches in three laps (3 percent grade) around a mountain which is 10-feet in diameter at the bottom.
Dodds expects to spend more than eight hours setting up the special Christmas display which will run through New Years Day (unless there are high winds or heavy rain). A snow plow will run track and can keep it clean for up to four inches of snow.
Advance tickets are $8 for CCA members or $10 for non-members. All tickets will be $12 the day of the tour. Tickets can be purchased at the Arts Center, 204 W. Main St., Carrollton; Gordon’s Graphics in Malvern; or the Minerva Art Spot, downtown Minerva. All proceeds benefit the Arts Center.
An Open House is also planned from 1-5 p.m. in conjunction with the Tour of Homes. It is a celebration and reopening of the newly remodeled second floor gallery. Repurposed doors from the second floor will be available for purchase for $100 each and $150 for one double door set. Refreshments will be available. Admission to Carroll County Arts Center is free.
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