by Caitlin Huston
LOGANSPORT — Area residents can celebrate the holidays early with Sunday’s “Homes for the Holiday” home and business tour.
Organized by the Delta Theta Chi Sorority, the tour will feature four holiday-decorated area homes, a business and include a stop at the Logansport Memorial Hospital Holly Bazaar. The money collected from the tour will go toward funding the printing of the “Cass County Historical Workbook,” a historical book given to third graders in the county.
With homes featuring decorations for Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holidays, Deb Baker of Delta Theta Chi said she enjoys seeing the different decorative styles and getting her own holiday ideas.
“Each of the houses have their own unique way they decorate and they’re all always so beautiful,” Baker said.
But the historic East Wabash Avenue house, which is near the city's downtown, is particularly intriguing, Baker said.
“It’s definitely a very cool house on the inside,” Baker said.
Owner Cheryl Callahan said she has restored the old home and tried to expose the original bricks and some of the old ceiling.
“What I tried to do is to bring the character of the house out,” she said.
The home tour has been going on for about 13 years, and the sorority usually sells between 200 and 500 tickets, Baker said.
Tom Coleman, owner of Unique Travel, will open up his business to show photographs that he and other photographers took around the world. His West Roselawn home will also be open to showcase the 600 Santa Clauses he has collected and have been given.
“The main house is all set up in Santa Clauses,” Coleman said.
While Coleman’s house will feature a Christmas theme, he said he’ll also have Christmas trees decked with Easter and Fourth of July decorations.
The hospital will also extend its Holly Bazaar into the home tour, and will sell holiday goods and decorations in a holiday-decorated atmosphere.
“We’ve outdone ourselves again this year,” said Jan Newton, volunteer coordinator and gift shop manager at the hospital.
The bazaar will feature a door prize of a 14-piece Willow Tree nativity scene.
Departing from the Christmas theme, Lynne Ness will be showing her Parkwood Drive home complete with Thanksgiving and fall decorations, in order to honor what she believes is an under-appreciated holiday.
“We’re bucking the system,” she said.
Ness said she spent about three days decorating her home with pumpkin decorations and setting Thanksgiving tables for children and adults.
A first-time participant in the event, Ness said she was happy to raise money for a good cause.
“If we can help out by showcasing our home then we’d be more than willing to help out,” Ness said.
Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or firstname.lastname@example.org.