Homes tour, tea offered Sunday
Christmas decorations for the home and for the table will be featured during the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce Holiday Homes Tour and the Baldwin Community Arts Council Christmas Tea from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.
The Christmas Tea will feature chocolate refreshments, holiday music and festive table settings at Collins House, 505 Eighth Street.
The homes of Gary and Kathy Browne, 1004 Eighth Street; Steve and Allison Bauer, 1315 Maple Leaf Court; Charles and Claire Wismer, 1909 N. 600 Road; and David and Kathy Wismer, 560 E. 1909 Road, are featured on the tour.
The Christmas Tea is free to the public. Ruth Dickinson, an organizer of the event, said the tea is the art council's way of saying "thank you" to the community for its support.
Tables will be decorated in various settings by: Sandy Cardens, whose table will be a "Winter Wonderland;" Ruth Dickinson, whose table will be decorated with Denise Harvey enamel ware; Ruth Ann Nutt, who will use her formal china; Georgiana Monniger, who will decorate with her Desert Rose pattern; and Alice Ann Callahan-Russell, who will use Danish dishes.
Solomons Antique Gallery and Discoveries also will have a display at the tea.
Musical entertainment will be provided by the Chansonettes from Baldwin Junior High School beginning at 2:30 p.m.
The Holiday Homes Tour is $7 in advance from Stephens Real Estate, the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce office and Baldwin State Bank, or $10 at the door.
This is the first year the tour has included rural homes, said Debbie French, of Stephens Real Estate, which is sponsoring the homes tour.
The homes of Charles and Claire Wismer and David and Kathy Wismer share the same scenic driveway. The home of Steve and Allison Bauer is in Signal Oak Estates. Gary and Kathy Browne live in a turn-of-the-century home a couple of blocks from downtown Baldwin.
French said not only does the tour give a sample of some of the homes in the area, but is also shows how Baldwin families decorate for Christmas. Claire Wismer has a nutcracker collection. Kathy Browne will be displaying watercolors by her and Rosemary Murphy.
Proceeds from the tour will go to the Downtown Holiday Decoration Fund a Chamber of Commerce project to purchase Christmas lights to be hung on downtown businesses.