Archive for Thursday, December 6, 2007

Homes Tour will unfold Sunday

December 6, 2007

Once again, the Holiday Homes Tour is ready to help usher in the Christmas holiday season in and around Baldwin City.

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas," said Debbie French-Morgan, organizer of the event. "At Baldwin City's 2007 Holiday Home Tour and Holiday Table Displays, you'll experience the sights, sounds and flavors of the season. We hope you will join us for an afternoon of fun and fellowship."

The events, sponsored by Stephens Real Estate and the Baldwin Community Arts Council, are scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for both events are $8 and proceeds benefit the Lumberyard Arts Center Project.

Tickets can be purchased at each home on the tour, Stephens Real Estate, the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce office, Lumberyard Arts Center, Baldwin State Bank, Mid-America Bank and Kansas State Bank.

The Holiday Table Displays will be at the Baldwin City Public Library with each table having a theme. Refreshments will be served there.

The homes on the tour and a brief description of each are:

410 FlameWay --- Jeffrey and Debra Marsh: Moving from Lindsborg, "Little Sweden USA," the Marsh family will celebrate their first Christmas in Baldwin City this year. The Christmas theme this year is one of elegance with lots of red, silver, gold, lights and candles throughout their home. Charlotte's Daughters, of downtown Baldwin City, has decorated the entry and living room with treasures from their store. You will also see a touch of Swedish culture and decor in the living and dining room. Look for the Yul Bok, a Swedish horse made of straw and our Swedish Christmas trees made of wood. Be sure and sample some Swedish coffee and a Spritz cookie.

1209 Palmyra Court --- Paul and Cyndi Dorathy: Paul and Cyndi moved into their home in June of 2006. Christmas is a time for family and friends at the Dorathy home. They decorate with a flair of country, snowmen and Santa Claus collections. Touches of antique Christmas decorations add a nostalgic theme throughout the home. Many wonderful Christmas stories of family and friends can be told through these pieces. The Dorathy Christmas tree is decorated in purple, white and silver to stay in tradition with the Baldwin School District colors as Paul is superintendent of schools here. Be sure and check out the bathtub of bauble -- it will make you smile.

1215 10th Street --- Roy and Connie Deel: The Deel family finished building their home and moved in June, 1995. Roy and Connie designed it and Kevin Christian was the general contractor. Both Roy and Connie come from large families and celebrate every holiday, so they planned for large gatherings in the design. Christmas traditions include the family trip to select a fresh tree each year and celebration with all the families both on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. They decorate with a mixture of traditional things, new things, and collections of angels, snowmen and Santas.

2146 N. 300 Road --- Kurt and Caridad Flowers: The Flowers family moved in their new home April, 2006 where Santa will greet you at the door. Decorating for the holidays has been a Flowers' family tradition. The home is decorated with a collection of Santas, snowmen and three decorated Christmas trees. There is also an expansive old-fashion Christmas village that has grown over the years to a complete neighborhood of homes, the park, the shopping district and the services district. The Flowers' children love to tell stories of how the children in the village are celebrating the Holiday season.

Holiday Table Displays ---The Holiday Table Displays featuring various themes may be viewed at the Baldwin City Library where refreshments will be served.

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