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The Duffield Home featured on the Christmas Tour

November 25, 2018

Next week is the Holiday Candlelight House Tour in the Huntington community. Having seen most of the houses on the tour this writer can heartily say our town is in for a wonderful treat! The collection of homes the ASAP committee has recruited to participate in this fund raiser is impressive and each one is individual and just lovely. Inside and outside holiday cheer is reigning beautiful decorations that will inspire us to hurry home and see what we can do to put just such a spin on our own Christmas dcor.

The generosity of the homeowners who are participating in this event is admirable and one of those home owners, Dave Duffield put it well when he said, ‘I wanted to give back to the community that has been so good to me. I have been fortunate in life and this event is just one way I can support my town.’

The Duffield family home has lots of acreage with it and it has been designed as a place the entire family can enjoy. Dave said, ‘my sons and grandchildren take advantage of it and enjoy it all the time. The landscape sports a lake, a pool and numerous UTV trails throughout the property. I wanted my family to enjoy it.’ Getting ready for the holiday the property is now sprinkled with lighted deer displays, decorated trees and lots of wreaths with red bows heralding the season.

Inside the Federal style home, the colors are light and airy offering a wonderful background for the rich green and reds of the holiday. Garlands of greenery are draped over doorways, mirrors and along the staircase, red bowed wreaths hang on mirrors and windows plus table settings are ready for the Christmas crowd. The foyer tree is lighted with old St. Nick peering down from the stairway as carolers strategically placed over a nearby armoire greet visitors entering the house.

The dining room has been given particular attention with rich table settings of Christmas china, red napkins and chargers positioned on a gold charger. The centerpiece of the table showcases a layered look of texture and light with gold lame material as the base, white lights intermingled, red Christmas balls randomly placed and gold tree candles as the focal point. Each chair around the table has a wide red ribbon tied around the back with an ornament attached to the knot and long swags of ribbon wafting to the floor. The total effect is lovely and splendid in its presentation.

This is a festive house not to be missed and the decorations inside and out will inspire and delight those who take time to enjoy this outstanding tour. The Holiday Shop at Heritage Station will be selling tickets for $15.00 instead of the $20.00 at the doors of the houses on the day of the tour. The shop will also be offering gift baskets for pets for sale along with some interesting tree ornaments and Christmas wreaths. Kim Crabtree the shop organizer said, ‘this is our first year doing this so we will be feeling our way and adding to its next year. We have a lovely quilt hand made by Christine Emerson that will be raffled off so people can buy a raffle ticket here as well. It really is outstanding and the proceeds will go to buy medicine for the animals at the shelter.’

This is a win win event in that folks get to tour beautiful homes in the Huntington community and know that all the proceeds will go to help animals who badly need special care.

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