The place to be this Sunday afternoon will be in your car traveling through the beautiful countryside of Johnson County and stopping at six area locations as a participant in this year’s Christmas Tour of Homes. All of the featured sites will be decorated for the Christmas season and everyone is invited to visit each location during this festive event. All ticket proceeds fund the Rotary Club Scholarship that will be awarded to a 2017 graduating senior from Johnson County High School. This scholarship will be given to a deserving graduate based on academic accomplishment and financial need. All proceeds from the Tour of Homes will go towards this scholarship.
The tour date will be December 11th, Sunday afternoon between the hours of 1:00 to 5:00 PM. Advance tickets are $10 per person and on the day of the tour $12 per person. As a special treat, the RedTail Mountain Club is supporting the tour by offering a special price for their Sunday brunch for those individuals taking the tour. Advance (tour and brunch) tickets are $30 per person and on the day of the Tour $32 per person. The Sunday brunch tickets are good any Sunday except on special events (such as Mother’s Day and Christmas) Sundays.
Tickets may be purchased at the Welcome Center or from any Rotarian. On the tour day, tickets can also be purchased at any showcased tour site .The tickets will include a map and directions to each tour site, then you will be on your own to visit each place at your leisure. Your ticket will be stamped at each place as you enter. During the tour hours the Rotary Club would like to invite the tour guests to visit the Welcome Center for a nice warm fire, engaging conversation and wonderful refreshments.
This year’s tour will feature the following locations:
Home of Bill and Shirli Pollard at521 Harbour Pointe, Butler; home of Ed and Arline Harris, 142 Harbour View Road, Butler; home of Ken and Sandy Erickson, 222 N. Church Street, Mountain City; home of Mark Sijthoff, 151 Jorden Lane, Mountain City; home of Reeves and Deanna Snyder, 465 J Shoun Rd, Mountain City; home of Susie and Larry Henson, 155 Circle Drive, Mountain City.
Each week two tour sites will be featured in The Tomahawk. The tour sites featured this week are the homes of Ed and Arline Harris and of Susie and Larry Henson.
Four Moon Cottage: The Home of Ed and Arline Harris
This lovely cottage home is ready to welcome friends and family for the holidays. The setting alone, in the peaceful mountains around Watauga Lake, offers a pleasant quietness rarely found amidst the holiday rush. The Harris residence is decorated with a touch of Christmas in most rooms. The tree in the open living room is decked with burlap ribbon, gold, green and brown ornaments and features a crown fit for a queen as the topper. Woodland animals, even some with wings, are included for the delight of all.
The dining room becomes a magical place with candlelight and crystal glittering on the inviting Christmas dinner table. A small library off the entry is a comfortable sanctuary to enjoy the sounds of the season via the entire-house sound system and a touch of the literary side of the holidays.
Up the pine-roped staircase, each of the bedrooms offers simple and elegant garlands to keep the dreams of Christmas morning dancing in your head. And stockings are hung on children’s sleigh beds in hopes that Santa will soon find them.
This beautiful home is particularly lovely in the evenings. With warm light emerging from the many windows, it radiates an inviting spirit and sense of calm – the perfect get-away and a lovely slice of heaven. Four Moon Cottage is for sale and offers many unique features that the Harris family graciously shares with tour guests this Christmas season.
The Home of Susie and Larry Henson
Susie and Larry Henson would like to extend a warm holiday welcome to join them at 155 Circle Drive in the beautiful mountain town of Mountain City.
Ray Payne built this colonial ranch style brick house in 1975. When the first owners were relocated, the location and size made this the perfect starter home for the Henson’s. Over the years they have added additions and many updates – the most recent being a large deck, just right for entertaining and relaxing during the warm summer months.
Susie loves to decorate, especially during the Christmas season. As you enter the house from the porch Mr. and Mrs. Claus will welcome you. The kitchen and den are decked out in festive candies and gingerbread. The focal point of the kitchen is the large village of gingerbread houses and men. The look is completed with a large tree decorated with cookies, candies and gingerbread men.
The living and dining rooms are dressed in more formal attire. Then on to the bedroom wing that offers a different themed tree in each room. A Victorian tree trimmed with houses, dolls and other ornaments is highlighted in the master suite.
The sunroom has been transformed into Santa’s Workshop with elves galore. It is adorned with a massive Dept. 56 Snow Village collection and a 9’ snow flocked tree. Indulge in the hot cocoa bar located just outside the sunroom by the fire pit.