Gift of Home Tour Kicks Off Holiday Season in Longmont
If you go
What: Gift of Home Tour
• VIP event — 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, with dinner at The Dickens Tavern, Martinis Bistro, Pinocchios or Longmont Public House and lunch at the Gift of Home Café Friday or Saturday
• General admission tour — 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
Cost: VIP, $45; general admission $20 in advance, $25 at door
More info: thegiftofhome.org
The Gift of Home Tour in Longmont has become one of the area’s favorite holiday traditions over the past 50-plus years.
Started by United Church of Christ of Longmont in 1966 as a way to furnish the church’s new kitchen, the self-guided tour of local homes professionally decorated for the holidays has been organized by Longmont Meals on Wheels for the past three years.
After selling 1,500 tickets, along with the decorations in each house, and hosting an online silent auction, last year Meals on Wheels raised $70,000.
“I think it’s so popular because it has something for everybody,” said Katie Wiser, development and community manager for Longmont Meals on Wheels. “My husband and I are young and while some of the decorations are beyond our budget, we make sure all the houses are different and that the Christmas cheer is accessible for everybody. It’s also a reminder to the community that we’re feeding this hidden, hungry population that needs our help.”
This year the three houses open for touring include a folk Victorian home built in 1886, a Colorado modern classical home and a traditional brick home. The decorators this year are Nancy Mahoney, a fabric designer who teamed up with Longmont’s Ace Hardware; Longmont Florist, which is using a color-based decorating scheme; and Niche Design House, a residential and commercial design firm that will focus on higher-end design pieces.
“My grandmother loved Christmas and later on in life, Meals on Wheels provided meals to her when she could no longer leave her home without assistance,” said Becky Allsup, owner of Niche Design House. “When I heard about this amazing opportunity to help raise money for Longmont Meals on Wheels and get the community excited about Christmas, I was so excited to contribute. What a wonderful way to honor my grandmother and contribute to a community program that means so much to us.”
Gift of Home kicks off Thursday with a VIP event that includes dinner at The Dickens Tavern, Martinis Bistro, Pinocchios or Longmont Public House, as well as lunch at the Gift of Home Café Friday or Saturday. Homes will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets also include a luncheon hosted by Meals on Wheels from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days at the Longmont Senior Center.
Tickets are available online at thegiftofhome.org, Longmont Meals on Wheels, Ace Hardware, Longmont Florist, Niche Design House, Woodley’s Fine Furniture, Front Range Mercantile and the Niwot Market.
As of Wednesday afternoon, 1,400 tickets had been sold. While there is no possibility of selling out general admission tickets, there is a chance the restaurants participating in the VIP promotion could run out of reservations.
John Spina: 303-473-1389, firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter.com/jsspina24