Several homeowners in northeast Kansas are decorating their homes and opening their doors to the public this holiday season in the hope of raising money for heartfelt causes.
Eight decorated homes will be showcased during the 13th Annual Holiday Homes Tour in Lawrence. The tour, which will benefit Health Care Access, will be from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 3. Health Care Access is a nonprofit organization that serves as a healthcare home in Douglas County for individuals with limited financial means.
“My holiday theme this year is the Tree House, as I’ll have two to three small decorated trees in each room of my home,” said Lawrence resident Sally Davis. “I’m looking forward to sharing the holiday spirit with all the guests.”
In addition to Davis’ home at 1609 Brandon Woods Court, other homes on the tour and their owners are:
— 5601 Villa Drive, Jeanie and Bruce Bundy.
— 126 Earhart Circle, Kristin and Chris Piper.
— 1754 E. 1200 Road, Karla and Rich Nathan.
— 3005 W. 29th St., Barbara Kurtz.
— 4729 Woodland Drive, Sarah and Troy Landers.
— 504 Blazing Star Drive, Kathleen Kinsler and Frisco Morse.
— 5707 Warren Court, Chris and Don Cushing.
“The Holiday Homes Tour has become an important part of the holiday season in Lawrence,” chairwoman Kris Marsh said. “So many people say it’s their tradition to attend the tour every year with family and friends. With our unique mix of homes this year, I think tickets may sell out quickly.”
Tickets, which are $20, are available at healthcareaccess.org/holiday-homes-tour, Hy-Vee customer service locations in Lawrence and from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday-Friday at the administrative offices of Health Care Access in the United Way building, 2518 Ridge Court. Only 500 tickets will be sold.
In addition to the home tour, the Holiday Shop, featuring a bake sale and basket raffle, will open be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Smith Center at Brandon Woods, 4730 Brandon Woods Terrace. The shop is open to the public and doesn’t require a ticket.
Four residencies decorated for the holiday season will be featured during the McCain Holiday Home Tour, a fundraiser for the education and outreach activities of Kansas State University’s McCain Auditorium. The tour will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3.
Todd Holmberg, executive director of McCain Auditorium, said the Manhattan community enjoys seeing “a snapshot of the homeowners’ holiday traditions while knowing they are benefiting arts-related education programming.”
Selection and coordination of homes begins more than year in advance to allow homeowners adequate time to plan and prepare for the event. Homes on the tour are:
— Eryn and Jeff Smith’s home in the renovated former Keats High School building.
— Jodi and Larry Thierer’s Southern-inspired home in Wyndham Heights.
— Kelly and Tim White’s Craftsman-style home north of Manhattan.
— Lori and T.J. Vilkanskas’ modern home in the Vanesta area.
Tickets, which are available at several outlets, are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
For more information, contact McCain Holiday Home Tour Committee chairwoman Julie Keenan at (210) 875-7456 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Fort Riley Tour of Homes, featuring homes fully decorated for the holidays, noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 2. Tour starts at the Custer House, 24 Sheridan Ave. For ages 12 and older; not wheelchair accessible. Tickets: $10 in advance; $12 on day of tour. Information: (785) 239-2737 or email@example.com.
— Leavenworth Candlelight Vintage Homes Tour, featuring five vintage homes, the Carroll Mansion and the All Nations Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1 to 7 p.m. Dec. 10. Benefits Leavenworth County Historical Society. Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 on day of tour. Information: (913) 682-7759 or leavenworthhistory.org/Tour_of_Homes.htm.
— Abilene Homes for the Holidays, featuring four homes, the First United Methodist Church and the Dickinson County Historical Society, 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2 and 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 3. Cost: $10. Information: (785) 263-2231 or (800) 569-5915.