One of the annual Christmas festivities fast approaching this year is the annual Rotary Christmas Tour of Homes. The Mountain City Rotary Club is pleased to offer on their tour this year six wonderful homes, the Brookside Mountain Cottages and the RedTail Mountain Club Resort. 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, 521 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 Bill and Shirli Pollard and Ken and Sandy Erickson.
The Home of Bill and Shirli Pollard
Welcome to the home of Bill and Shirli Pollard on Lake Watauga in the Harbour subdivision. New to the area, the Pollards have owned the home since 2012 when they bought it as a vacation home (away from the heat of Florida) and quite by accident!
Visiting the area for a weekend in the summer of 2012 on their way to West Virginia where they planned to build a log home, the Pollards fell in love with the wide, expansive view of Lake Watauga and the friendly people in the area. Admiring the home as they visited the area, they met the original owners who built the home in 2006, made an offer — and the rest is history!
The house reflects the Pollards’ easy, open, and very eclectic style. Living all over the United States and abroad for 24 years as a military family, the Pollards have always yearned for the relaxed lifestyle in the mountains of Tennessee. Originally meant as a retirement home, Shirli and Bill now live here year-round where they frequently welcome their four sons, six grandchildren, and many brothers, sisters, and cousins. This is their first Christmas in the area – so no decorating theme, just lots of fun as they prepare for family.
The house has three levels and reflects Shirli’s love of vibrant colors that she brings to her quilting, sewing, and decorating. There are four bedrooms to accommodate the many visitors, a large downstairs area for grandkids to romp, a wrap-around porch for relaxing, and lots of wood cabinets and furniture built by local artisans.
The Pollards have lots of plans to renovate and the house is a work-in-progress. They welcome you to their home included in the 2016 Tour of Homes. So please relax, enjoy the lake view, and refreshments to celebrate the holiday season.
The Home of Ken and Sandy Erickson
The earliest records on this house show a handwritten deed that transferred the property in 1856. The current house was actually built in 1901, making it one of the oldest houses in the historic North Church Street District.
Ken and Sandy Erickson bought the home in December of 2015 after it had been completely redesigned and rehabbed by Bo and Diane Crusenberry over the two prior years. Come and see the old blended with the new. Original stair railings and flooring were retained where possible. And although the coal burning fireplaces were filled in, the original mantles and doors were preserved.
Your tour will show how the house was expanded from three to five bedrooms, two of which are complete master suites. You will also see how the living room, dining room and kitchen were designed to portray a beautiful open spaces concept which opens up to an expanded deck area, newly landscaped back yard and a large new multi-car garage.
As you tour inside, you will see extensive crown molding, trey ceilings, indirect lighting and unique glass windows. The windows include some stained glass and one-way windows that look out to the deck. Last but not least, each room has been wonderfully decorated to celebrate the Christmas season.
Note: Parking will be most convenient across the street at the Johnson County Library parking lot. It’s just a short walk across Church Street.