Decorated Christmas trees, a collection of miniature houses and teacups, a winter wonderland, antiques, an angel tree and a 165-year-old bed adorned the three homes that participated in The Curry County Habitat for Humanity 2011 Christmas Home Tour Sunday afternoon and evening.
Habitat for Humanity Christmas Home Tour participants are greeted by inflatable decorations at the Miller home. The Pilot/Lorna Rodriguez
The Adam house was eclectic, the Webbeking home had a cozy family feel to it and the inside and outside of the Miller home burst with an assortment of decorations.
“It seemed like it went very well,” Curry County Habitat for Humanity volunteer Joy Middlebrook said. “People seemed to really enjoy going through the houses. It was just wonderful.”
More than 100 tickets were sold, and the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate raised a little more than $2,000, Middlebrook said. Nearly 99 percent of the silent auction items sold as well, she added.
Quite a few people volunteered their time to make the event happen: 10 people made cookies, about 15 worked at Sea View Senior Living Community to host the silent auction and dessert buffet, two helped with parking and five hosted at the three homes, Middlebrook said.
Homeowner Joyce Webbeking said the event was superb.
“I was very disappointed it didn’t continue today,” she said. “I loved the people. It just went beautifully. The people were so gracious.”
She liked it because she could “feel the warmth and the delight so many people had in seeing (her) old ornaments.
Homeowner Jean Miller also enjoyed the experience.
“Everybody came and said ‘Oh, you’ve got a lovely home. How have you decorated your tree like that? I’ve never seen so many ornaments,’” she said. “Everybody thought it was great. The people were lovely.”
Jean and Marvin Miller had about 75 people tour their home, Jean Miller said.
This year was most likely the best fundraiser for Curry County Habitat for Humanity, Middlebrook said.
As long as the organization can find people willing to open their homes to the public there will be another home tour next year, she said.
“I’m really happy that so many people came to support us,” Middlebrook said. “Everybody that came in that I talked to said it was very welcoming.”