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Holiday home tour to showcase seasonal decor

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 11:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 12:15 p.m. CDT
(CNA photo by SARAH BROWN)
Mary Jane Weisshaar, her daughter Jean Weisshaar and grandson Jacob Zachary spend Sunday afternoon decorating in preparation of Saturday's holiday home tour.

Real people. Real homes.

These are not staged show homes you’ll find decorated with holiday cheer at this year’s holiday home tour.

At the seventh annual holiday home tour, 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday four couples will open their homes, showcasing special architectural detail, design and holiday decor.

This year’s tour includes homes of Dave and Sandy Jennett, 1430 150th St., Nick and Laurie Evans, 1607 Summit View St., Dave and Cinda Long, 1304 North Cherry St. and Jean Weisshaar and Brian Zachary at 1433 Highway 34.

Preparation for the newly renovated, century-old, classic farm house owned by Weisshaar and Zachary began more than two months ago. The home was decorated by Weisshaar’s mother, Mary Jane Weisshaar, from a collection of carefully curated pieces of furniture and themed ornaments passed down through the family and collected over the years.

“Our home tour will showcase old, new, little and large homes with simple to elaborate decor,” said Vickie Hodge, executive director of the Rural Iowa Crisis Center. “It’s a great way to see what other people are doing, get some decor ideas and get in the holiday mood.”

After the home tour, friends and supporters are invited to Adams Street Espresso for hot coffee, cider and holiday treats. Curtis Lamson will be providing musical holiday cheer throughout the afternoon.

“The gathering at Adams Street Espresso is not just for tour participants. Anybody is welcome to come down,” said Hodge. “It’s our way of saying thank you to the community. Of course we are accepting donations.”

Proceeds of the holiday home tour benefit Rural Iowa Crisis Center, a non-profit organization that provides safety and support services to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual abuse violence.

Tickets for the tour are $8 in advance or $10 at the door of each home. Advanced tickets may be purchased starting today at Adams Street Espresso and Kelly’s Flowers and Gifts.

Participants will receive a listing of the homes on the tour and are invited to visit each home anytime during the tour hours: 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Participants are also encouraged to present their Holiday Home Tour ticket, before Dec. 8, at Kelly’s Flowers, Gifts and Garden Center to receive 10 percent off of holiday decor.

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