|Christmas Arrives Early For Holiday Home Tour|
|Written by Nancy Bowman|
|Wednesday, 04 December 2013 00:00|
Christmas comes early to Tipp City with this weekend’s Christmas in the Village and Holiday Home Tour.
With the home tour featuring six historic homes, a new street flair event offering holiday treats and demonstrations on Sixth Street and merchant discounts and specials to home tour ticket holders, the event could require a full day to take in, said Heather Bailey, Christmas in the Village chairwoman.
Other activities will include music at the library, and refreshments at the will call location at the Hotel Gallery at Second and Main streets. Visitors who purchase tickets online will need to exchange their printed receipt for a tour ticket at the will-call location.
A classic trolley car will move guests between the downtown and the tour area.
The event proceeds will support programs of the Downtown Tipp City Partnership and Tipp Monroe Community Services.
Tickets can be purchased at www.DowntownTippCity.org, www.TippChristmas.org, or at Facebook/Tippecanoe Christmas In The Village. Advance tickets are also available at Coldwater Café, Harrison’s Restaurant, Sugden Furniture, Greenfire Bistro and Hock’s Pharmacy. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event.
A limited number of preview night tickets will be sold at $50 each. Preview night will feature a special showing of the homes as well as refreshments and the chance to visit with designers and homeowners. Only 50 preview night tickets will be sold. They are available only at Tipp Monroe Community Services.
The 2012 home tour drew 1,100 guests. “We want people to fall in love with Tipp City the way we do,” Bailey said, noting more than 50 percent of ticket buyers come from outside Miami County.
At the heart of the event is the home tour. This year’s homes on Broadway and Sixth streets are as follows: Teri and Doug Saul, 212 W. Broadway; Heather Bailey and Frank Scenna, 304 W. Broadway; Heather and Andy Venters, 310 W. Broadway; Maggie McKee, 318 W. Broadway; Tim and Sue Rambeau, 324 W. Broadway; and Mary and Andy Kilpatrick, 327 S. Sixth St.
An area designer works with each homeowner on the dining room tabletop. Porches also are being decorated this year. The local historical society is a partner to this year’s event. A volunteer assigned to each home researched the house and compiled information that will be displayed on story boards during the tour.
In addition to heading up the Christmas in the Village planning, Bailey’s house is on the tour. She has been working with Sharon Bledsoe of Pleasant Hill on her home decorating and Jason Baird of Tipp City on the decorating of a carriage house for a Friday night party. “I just deeply appreciate anyone’s imagination,” she said in regards to the designers participating in this year’s event.
“A real artist takes something and makes it better,” Bailey said. “This man (Baird) took a carriage house with oil stains on the floor and made it a beautiful party house.”
Bailey said her husband, Frank Scenna, stepped up to be in charge of decorating their home because she was busy as tour chair. “It wouldn’t have happened without Frank,” she said while describing the preparations at their home. Opening one’s home to a tour is an honor, Bailey said. “We’ve worked really hard to restore this house,” she said of the structure that is turning 100 this year.
Bailey said she thinks the creativity of designers who participate in the home tour decorating can inspire others. “Beautiful things really are achievable with color, imagination, a different way of looking at something,” she said. “We want people to leave with some ideas of things they can go home and do themselves.”