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Mid-Columbia homes, winery join in festive tour

Need some holiday cheer?

Or perhaps some seasonal decorating ideas?

You'll find both in the annual Dr. L.G. Spaulding Guild's Christmas Home Tour on Dec. 6.

Owners of seven homes and one winery in Kennewick and Richland will open their doors and show off priceless family treasures and family keepsakes.

"They're all very different with decor ranging from cherished antiques to red-hot chili peppers to Tuscan," said Christine Grantham, tour co-chairwoman.

"I'm especially happy that we have three condos on the tour this year. That's something I've been working on for a while now," she said.

The Christmas Home Tour runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be entertainment at each home ranging from the Broadway Babes singers to a harpist.

Tickets and a tour booklet cost $15.

Tickets are available at Beaver Bark & Rock, 607 Aaron Drive, Richland; Gadgets & Goodies, 5724 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick; and HL2 Accents, 6311 Burden Blvd., Pasco. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the houses.

Proceeds will help pay for uncompensated medical care for children from Benton and Franklin counties at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Here's a sneak peek of what you'll see:

Joel and Adele Sorensen, Richland -- They live in a home reminiscent of a Tuscan villa -- La Casa de los Abuelos (the house of the grandparents). They've decorated the cozy playroom with Cat's Meow ornaments and their Department 56 Snow Village.

Wayne and Barbara Johnson, Richland -- They also favor an Italian theme for their home and Christmas decor. They've combined Italian influences with eye-catching metallic accents suggesting both modern and old world elegance. Her collection of Santas will also be displayed.

Bob and Moe Frix, Richland -- They honor both the past and the present in their holiday decorations. They collected counted cross-stitch, antique post cards and handmade ornaments while stationed in Germany. The tree is decorated in red, white and blue ornaments and delicate, collectible White House keepsakes.

Dr. Larry and Mary Jecha, Richland -- They have embellished the tree in their great room in traditional reds and greens. Each ornament has a special meaning -- there's one for each year the Jechas have been married, 28 this year. Her collection of Nativity Scenes dates back to 1981.

David and Cheryl Brockman, Richland -- They have turned their home into a mini trip around the world. One room has a Parisian theme, another Asian, while two of the bedrooms' decor is very quaint and old fashioned. The kitchen and great room overlooking the Columbia feature deep, rich earth tones and red-hot chili peppers.

John Bookwalter of Bookwalter Winery in Richland -- The winery is offering tourgoers a chance to rest and relax with a complimentary glass of one of its award-winning wines. Bookwalter also is offering tour ticket holders a 15 percent discount on purchases the day of the tour.

Jeff and Chrissy Morgan, Kennewick -- They have a sugarplum tree ensuring their family real "visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads." They'll set the stage for Christmas Eve with a crackling fire, the tree aglow with lights and their children's handmade stockings hung with care from the mantle. For the tour, the Morgans have also borrowed the carousel Christmas reindeer she made years ago as a gift for her mother.

Leland and Nancy Kerr, Kennewick -- They have hung a beautiful signed painting and family heirloom, The Gift of the Magi, in a place of honor over the fireplace mantel. A Nativity set, hand carved by a colleague from law school as a gift to Leland, is set center stage in the formal living room.

The tour booklet is your ticket. The homes can be viewed in any order throughout the day.

Do wear shoes that are easy to remove and take a pair of socks to wear in the homes. Only youths ages 12 and older are allowed on the tour.

After the tour, don't discard the program. Three businesses are offering discounts to tour ticket holders: Beaver Bark & Rock, a 10 percent discount on purchases; Gadgets & Goodies, $10 off any one $50 purchase until Dec. 24; and HL2 Accents, a home decor and gift shop, a 15 percent discount on purchases.

For more information about the tour or joining Dr. L. G. Spaulding Guild, call Terrie Yonts, membership chairwoman, at 509-627-6193.

* Loretto J. Hulse: 509-582-1513; lhulse@tricityherald.com.

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