Homes prepare to be featured in annual holiday fundraiser
HUNTINGTON -- Save the date of Dec. 2, because the annual Arts Resources for the Tri-State fundraiser, Holiday Candlelight House Tour, is going to be a treat this year.
So that the public can get a taste of all the sparkle and green that will be dressing the eight houses on the tour, we will be offering a preview of several of them in this space through November. Today we will take a look at two of the houses located on Washington Boulevard.
Sterling and Rosalee Hall's home could be called the 'anniversary house' for the Arts in that they were one of the first houses to participate in the tour six years ago when it started.
"I love Christmas and find this is just a delightful way of starting out the season," Rosalee Hall said.
The Dutch Colonial was built in 1919 and has had multiple owners and several additions and renovations. When asked what stories this house might share Hall replied quickly.
"It would remember how much fun it had with all the families who have lived here," she said. "We are always running into someone who either lived here or knew someone who lived here and they tell us about what fun they had in this neighborhood."
Hall remembers the house from when she was a child walking to Mrs. Fisher's for piano lessons.
"I remember walking across the bridge and seeing it, and I always loved how it sat on the lot," she said. "I came from this neighborhood and my childhood friends were from this area as well."
Hall obviously has a deep affection for the house, and as Christmas approaches she will dress it well for its holiday presentation. The Halls collect 'Byers Carolers' and they will be displayed throughout the abode.
"We have been collecting for over 25 years," she said.
Even with the 'Carolers,' Hall expects to have mantles, doors and tabletops strewn with lots of green and tinsel.
"It will be throughout the house," she said.
Down the street from the Halls is LaMoine Potter's house with its crisp black and white exterior. Potter said this house just spoke to her when she first entered it.
"Once I looked at it, I knew it was supposed to be my house, she said. "I had been looking for a house for months and when I walked into this one there was no doubt. It was just right."
Potter is just as enthusiastic about the tour as the Halls.
"It is a good cause, and it is their biggest fundraiser of the year," she said. "They do so many good things in the area, I don't mind doing my part by being on the tour. Plus, it is fun."
For Potter the Thanksgiving holiday and Christmas are among the few times all of her children can be home together.
"Sarah is in Louisville, John Morgan is in Lexington and Lexi is here and everyone is busy," she said. "They come in for Thanksgiving and we decorate the house together. It's something we all look forward to each year. This year will be especially exciting since we will be getting ready for the tour."
Potter plans to have several trees in the house decorated but she is going to have a special one outside on the back patio.
"With the outside tree I hope to have a fire burning in the chiminea to give it that Christmas atmosphere," she said.
Garlands that will dress the mantles and stairway are probably LaMoine's favorite decoration in the house.
"It is all lit up and just makes a lovely display," she said.
The tour is sponsored by the Arts Resources for the Tri-State and this will be the sixth year the group has organized this major fundraiser. The money raised will go to support the Tri-State Youth Orchestra, Youth Choir, Sweet Adeline's, art classes and an art gallery at the Renaissance Center (better known as Old Huntington High) plus numerous other activities.
This is a good cause and a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. Mark your calendar.