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Dont miss Holiday Tour of Homes

Tour Dec. 8 is a fundraiser for WLHS graduation night party


by: STAFF PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE - Nancy Stallings home features more than 30 full-size trees and a table already set for Christmas dinner.

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 it’s one you won’t want to miss. Every room in the home’s 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 don’t naturally make you think of Christmas.

Not many homes contain a wine cellar, and Stallings may be the only wine cellar to have its own Christmas tree.

There’s even a tree in the family’s wine cellar — with wine-themed ornaments, of course.

“It’s a collection that’s been going on for 15 years,” Stallings said. “I don’t 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.

“We’re gearing up for 200 people,” Stallings said. “Hopefully, it will be a lot bigger.”

“I’m excited,” Beyer said. “People are excited. So many people I’ve talked to have said, ‘I’m glad it’s 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.




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