Homes tour benefits Chamber project
Four Baldwin City families are opening their homes for the fourth annual Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce Holiday Homes Tour from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10.
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.
Also, during the same hours of the homes tour, is a Christmas Tea at Collins House, 505 Eighth Street, from 1-4 p.m. The tea is sponsored by the Baldwin Community Arts Council, and features chocolate refreshments, holiday music and festive table settings.
Debbie French, of Stephens Real Estate, which is sponsoring the homes tour, said this is the first year the tour includes rural homes. The homes of Charles and Claire Wismer and David and Kathy Wismer share the same scenic driveway five miles northeast of Baldwin. 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.
"It is the first time we have taken people off of the beaten path," French said. "We always have a mix of homes. People love to see the differences in houses."
French said not only does the tour give a sample of some of the homes in the area, but it 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.
Tickets to the Holiday Homes Tour may be purchased for $7 from Stephens Real Estate, the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce office and Baldwin State Bank. Tickets may also be purchased at the homes during the tour for $10. Tour maps will be available at each home.
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.
"We call it the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce tour because we give all the money to the chamber," French said. "Hopefully, someday, all the buildings downtown will all have lights on them."
French is expecting a good turnout.
"We have had people call and ask when the tickets would go on sale," she said.
Anyone wishing to volunteer their home for next year's tour can write their name, address and phone number on the back of the ticket and leave it at one of the tour houses.
"We are grateful for the people who volunteer their homes," French said.