Home Tour

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Festive occasion kicks off the holiday season

The Carthage Book Club Christmas Home Tour, usually held on the first Sunday in December, is scheduled for Sunday, December 8. The Home Tour has been pushed back a week to avoid a conflict with the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Additionally, club members voted to change the venue from the Chamber of Commerce building to the Central Baptist Church.

The Tour begins at 1:30pm. Refreshments will be served at the church and Project String Power will provide entertainment from 3:30pm – 4:30pm. At the conclusion of the tour, a drawing for a beautiful traditional Christmas wreath will be held. Home Tour Committee Co-Chairman Wanda Hanszen says, “We like the Home Tour because it’s a festive occasion that kicks off the Christmas season, and it’s a nice Sunday afternoon activity for people to get out, look at decorations, and listen to some entertaining music.”

The Carthage Book Club, organized in 1907, was the first civic organization in Carthage. Comprised of 26 women, the Club’s initial purpose was to promote literary and social advancement, but they soon realized getting involved in civic and humanitarian issues was important as well. The initial project they undertook was adding the first concrete sidewalk to the city. It ran from the southeast corner of the square to the railway depot. Over the years, the club sponsored numerous projects that added to the beautification of the city such as the gazebo in Anderson Park and the rose garden on Daniels Boulevard. They also have donated generously to local charitable organizations and educational entities.

Five homes will be a part of the Home tour:

 - Richard & Patricia Cooley, 827 University – Rather than trees in every room, the Cooleys have a collection of nativity scenes throughout the house. A feature room

is the office which is decorated with a collection of African artifacts and mounted animals taken on an African safari hunt.

-      Richard & Frances Hoell, 1401 W. Sabine – The house has many personal touches throughout that Frances has personally made. The stockings hung on the mantel are made from Richard’s father’s ties. The upstairs bedroom features bedding and quilts made by Frances. Antique pieces that belong to Richard’s family are displayed through the house.

-      Michael & Jessica Pace, 183 CR 491 – Because of a three-year-old in the house, the Christmas décor will be modest, traditional and out of reach. Antique China dolls are displayed on their daughter’s Christmas tree and in the guest bedroom is Jessica’s great grandmother’s painting.

-      Travis & DeShana Penner, 171 CR 491 - Starting on Thanksgiving Day, the Penner’s turn on some Christmas music and do the decorating as a family with a not too glitzy “cozy” Christmas theme.

-      Shawn & Kylie Schumacher, 177 CR 305 – With a little bit of Christmas in every room and three boys in the house, decorations will be “kid friendly.” Downstairs will have a winter/woodsy theme with a special collection of Fitz and Floyd pieces given to Kylie by Phyllis Capps.

Tickets for the Christmas Home Tour may be purchased prior to the event from any Book Club member, at the Chamber of Commerce or at KGAS Radio. On the day of the Tour, tickets may be purchased at the Central Baptist Church or at each home. Tickets are $10. Also, tickets for the Christmas wreath drawing are $1 each or 7 for $5. Brochures with addresses and directions to the homes are also available at the same locations.