Five homes and the Grey Oaks Clubhouse decorated for the holidays, will be open for guests beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday for the Richmond Area Arts Council’s Holiday Home Tour.
“The tour is a special treat for all to enjoy,” said Deborah Kidd, RAAC executive director. “Not only are these hosts graciously inviting the public into their homes, but they have decorated them in remarkable fashion.”
Many of the decorations are family heirlooms that the hosts are giving supporters of the arts an opportunity to see, she said.
Each home reflects the spirit of the season with the warm hospitality of each host and RAAC board members who will be assisting them.
The tour begins at the Richmond Area Arts Center at the corner of Lancaster Avenue and Water Street, where guests will purchase tickets and receive directions to each home.
The suggested conclusion of each self-guided tour is the Grey Oaks Clubhouse off Tates Creek Road, where refreshments will be served.
Opening the tour this year is the home of Emma and Tommy Reams in The Meadows off Barnes Mill Road. Many family Christmas decorations will be on display including a snowy scene from Norman Rockwell’s Stockbridge Village.
Nearby in the Deacon Hills area off Willis Branch Road is the lovely home of Donna and Daryn Morris. Here visitors will see Christmas trees in each room. Each tree is themed from the traditional to Disney characters.
Tour participants may proceed to the Hickory Hills home of Al and Shirley Bortolon, where every room is lavishly decorated and ready for a family Christmas celebration.
Just a few doors down in Hickory Hills is the home of Karen and Richard Steinhauser, filled with many unique art and craft items that have been collected over the years.
Just a mile or so away in Grey Oaks subdivision off Tates Creek Road is the condominium home of Connie Lawson. The former Richmond mayor has decorated her home with many interesting and unique items that show how much she enjoys the holidays.
Close by is the Grey Oaks Clubhouse where refreshments will be served to all who have visited the homes on the Holiday Home Tour.
Proceeds from the tour support RAAC’s programs for both children and adults and will help preserve the historic Richmond Area Arts Center and its irreplaceable stained-glass windows.
Tickets for the Holiday Home Tour, $12, and directions to the homes may be obtained at the Richmond Area Arts Center, 399 W. Water St. For more details, call 624-4242.