MANITOWOC – Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra has been taking concertgoers on a tour of lovely music for a few years, however on Saturday, Dec. 3, the MSO will supply a magical tour of a special type.
MSO’s Holiday Tour of Homes is again after a yr’s absence. Nine houses, every superbly adorned for the vacations by professionals from space florist outlets, decorators or by the householders themselves, can be open from 9:30 a.m. to four:30 p.m. to permit friends to benefit from the vacation decorations and maybe glean concepts to be used in their very own houses. It is the most important fundraiser of the yr for the MSO.
In the previous, between 600 and 700 individuals have attended, not solely to get into the vacation spirit, but in addition to select up adorning concepts from some space specialists.
“That is the intent,” stated Peggy Pitz, MSO government director. “We try to stress to our florist that people are coming to get ideas for decorating their home.”
Pitz stated this yr’s occasion is twice as massive and higher than ever.
“We normally do four or five homes, and this year we have nine homes,” she stated.
That quantity works nicely with the general theme of the occasion, “Classically Cool and Twice as Nice.”
In addition, two houses inside the similar neighborhood are all the time grouped collectively, and the hours for this yr’s occasion have been prolonged.
Each residence could be very totally different, Pitz stated. Sometimes the householders supply the florists or decorators the use of their present vacation decorations; typically the florists convey their very own gadgets.
“The homeowners can then purchase the items the florists bring in at a discount. If the homeowner has something custom made, they have to pay full price,” Pitz stated. “This year, we are also marking items and making them available for sale to the general public, but for obvious reasons they will not be available until after the event.”
About 125 volunteers act as hostesses on the occasion. They are additionally armed with details about the houses to share with the visitors. In addition, reside music will entertain visitors’ ears because the decorations please the eyes.
Pitz stated the organizers have lined up an eclectic array of houses.
“The homes this year are all different,” Pitz stated. “We have large, small, old, new, mansions, condo, traditional, modern, fancy and not fancy. It’s just a combination. So hopefully everyone that comes will find something that they like.”
Another addition to this yr’s occasion is the Symphony Shop, on the Kevin and Kay Sonnenburg house at 2004 Menasha Ave. in Manitowoc.
“The Symphony Shop is store the place we might be promoting field lunches coming from Wrap it Up and we can be providing cider,” Pitz said. “There can be gadgets out there for raffle in addition to a white elephant sale of gently used gadgets, nothing over $20.”
The drawing for the raffle can be accomplished at four:30 on the day of the tour and winners might be contacted.
The houses on this yr’s Holiday Tour of Homes and their decorators embrace the next:
• 1346 Westwood Lane, owned by Dayna and Cameron Goetz and adorned by The Flower Gallery and Graced;
• 1421 Lee Circle, owned and adorned by Dean Sleger;
• 3353 Kimberly Circle, owned by Claran LaViolette and Roger Bennin and adorned by Roorbach Flowers;
• 2004 Menasha Ave., owned by Keven and Kay Sonnenburg and adorned by Mary Beth Johnson;
• 820 S. Eighth St., owned by Matthew Schliesman and adorned by The Wild Iris;
• 822 S. Eighth St. (above Aspire Realty), owned by Brennan Seehafer and adorned by Roorbach Flowers;
• 224 Mill Road, owned by Jennifer Hogan and Charlie Ratigan and adorned by Two Buds Floral and Gift;
• 122 Mill Road, owned by Ellen and Bob Peronto and adorned by Two Buds Floral and Gift; and
• 1316 Michigan Ave., owned by James Olson and Clint Anderson and adorned by Kathy Willis.
Dean Sleger stated there was little question in his thoughts that he needed to open his residence to the occasion.
“I’m a robust supporter of the humanities,” Sleger stated. “The Lakeshore area is very lucky to have so many talented people living in it. I’m proud to showcase my home in order to fund-raise so we can keep the arts alive and continue making beautiful music for many more years to come.”
Schliesman added: “The Tour of Homes is an excellent vacation custom, one supporting an important half of our cultural group. I’m happy to contribute to the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra by opening my house and displaying guests a style of downtown Christmastime dwelling.”
Tickets for the Holiday Tour of Homes are $25 on the day of the occasion or $20 prematurely. Tickets can be found prematurely in Manitowoc at Ansay and Associates, 4712 Expo Drive; Ivy Trails, 836 S. Eighth St.; Roorbach’s, 961 S. 29th St.; The Flower Gallery, 102 N. Eighth St.; The Wild Iris Gifts and Botanicals, 820 S. Eighth St.; and Two Buds Floral and Gift Gallery, 4109 Broadway St.
In Two Rivers, tickets can be found at Inman Jewelers, 2116 Washington St., and Schroeder’s Department Store, 1623 Washington St.
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