Dont miss Holiday Tour of Homes
Tour Dec. 8 is a fundraiser for WLHS graduation night party
After a two-year hiatus, the West Linn High School Holiday Tour of Homes has returned in a big way. Scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 8, the tour is a benefit for the WLHS graduation night party. The self-guided tour begins at the high school, 5464 W A St. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased in advance at westlinngradparty.com.
For years it had been the tradition, said WLHS parent Michele Beyer, co-chairwoman of the WLHS graduation night party committee. The last time the home tour happened was in 2010. At that point, it had been going on for 13 years.
With five West Linn homes and their holiday décor on display, tour-goers should be prepared to be wowed by the beautiful displays of holiday cheer. The homes this year include a historic home in Willamette with traditional decorations, a country Christmas barn decorated for the holidays, a NW Natural Street of Dreams home, a home featuring quilts and snowmen on display and a home with so much festive cheer that it takes 30-plus trees to contain it all.
Nancy Stallings is the owner of that last home, and its one you wont want to miss. Every room in the homes 7,500-square-foot interior, including the first-floor powder room, contains at least one tree. If you count the miniature trees here and there, Stallings said, the total is closer to 40 trees.
The majority of Stallings ornaments are by two designers, Christopher Radko and Patricia Breen.
If you can think of a theme, she probably has more than one ornament to reflect it, including some that dont naturally make you think of Christmas.
Theres even a tree in the familys wine cellar with wine-themed ornaments, of course.
Its a collection thats been going on for 15 years, Stallings said. I dont add as much every year, because I only have so much storage. Still, each year she adds an estimated 20 to 25 pieces to a collection that tops 3,000 ornaments and more than 30 artificial trees.
Were gearing up for 200 people, Stallings said. Hopefully, it will be a lot bigger.
Im excited, Beyer said. People are excited. So many people Ive talked to have said, Im glad its back.
The holiday tour of homes will be your only chance to see Stallings collection.
Dec. 26, I start taking it down, she said.
A craft boutique will be held at the high school from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. the day of the tour. Local crafters will be offering handmade items for sale. Admission to the craft sale is free.Add a comment