Decking the halls
Huntington will put its best Christmas foot forward with its Candlelight Tour of Homes on Sunday, Dec. 2, but today is the Christmas Tour of Homes event in Ashland.
This is a bountiful year for home tours in the Tri-State area. The Ashland tour is a two-day affair at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, so a person could see both tours — Ashland today and Huntington tomorrow. Tickets for the Ashland tour may be purchased at the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center, 120 Winchester Ave. in Ashland, for $25.
While there, one can tour the museum and take in the exhibits plus check out the decorations and refreshments prepared by the Boyd County Homemakers Club. Shuttles are also offered and are located at the museum and Bellefonte
Country Club to take attendees to the different homes.
If one chooses a self-guided tour, directions are on the ticket to take you throughout the community, stopping at seven decorated homes. Some are traditional, some are modern and some are unique, just stepping out of the box. One such home is owned by Clark Wiley, great-grandson to the famous Jenny Wiley, and his home is decked out from stem to stern featuring his collectibles and his interesting past.
Clark served as a flight attendant on Air Force One as a steward to Mrs. Ronald Reagan. He said, “Back in those days, we did our own buying and cooking onboard. I will have a replica dinner plate from the first couple’s onboard china service on display compliments of Pickard China. I will also be serving a few refreshments made from the recipes we used on Air Force One. All were favorites of Mrs. Reagan.”
His dining room table will be set with the Lenox Christmas china Clark has collected over a 40-year span. The living room mantel will showcase glass Christmas trees Clark has collected in his travels over the years. Garlands, trees and wreaths are staggered upstairs and down. Even the bedrooms have been given a nod with green and red bubble lights and a tinsel-dripped tree. One bedroom presents vintage toys Clark has accumulated over the years. Trains, dolls, puzzles and more are brought together to wish everyone a nostalgic 1950s happy Christmas.
This lovely Federal-style home is just one of the houses featured. For the first time, the museum has eight holiday door prizes to be awarded as an added feature to their tour. Santa will also be on duty at the museum for little ones to visit.
Another first to the tour is incorporating the Kings Daughters & Sons assisted living facility as a stop along the way.
The Friends of the Highlands are presenting a lovely tour of decorated homes this year. They do warn that the homes are not handicapped accessible and children under the age of 8 are discouraged from attending.
All the proceeds will benefit educational programs at the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center.
CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES OF ASHLAND
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2
PURCHASE TICKETS AT: Highlands Museum and Discovery Center, 120 Winchester Ave. in Ashland
CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF HOMES IN HUNTINGTON
WHEN: Sunday. Dec. 2
TICKET INFO: Tickets can be purchased at the following locations: The Holiday Shop at Heritage Station, The Red Door, The Wild Flower Gift Gallery (The Market), Spurlock Flowers, Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau in Heritage Station, Barboursville Business Center.
For more information, call 304-417-0562.
Guests can purchase tickets for $20 at the doors of the houses on the day of the tour.