By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
The Seventh annual Holy Trinity Parent Teachers Organization’s (PTO) Tour of Homes is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 2. The tour begins at 1:30 p.m. and is expected to be finished by 4 p.m.
The event benefits Holy Trinity School’s PTO, its projects, activities and events for students, teachers and parents.
The $10 tickets may be purchased in advance at Holy Trinity School, F and M Bank, Unity Bank, The Clothesline and Red’s Auto in Pierz. In Genola, the Red Rooster Bar and Grill has tickets available and in Little Falls, one may purchase tickets at RadioShack.
Tour coordinator Brenda Becker said a limited number of tickets will be available at the selected homes on the day of the tour and also at Red’s Auto.
The tour is self-guided. Addresses and directions to each home are printed on the tickets. At each home, the host and hostess will be there to greet the guests, then commence with the tour. The pace of the tour depends on the each guest. Becker said to expect to learn about design, decor, layout and remodeling ideas.
Five families have opened their homes for the 2012 Holy Trinity Tour of Homes.
Neal and Linda Seppelt will be giving tours of their home, built in 2004, to ticket holders. The house has an open floor plan with a large kitchen and sun room. The floors are birch and the cabinets upstairs are maple, as is the window seat in the office.
The Seppelts have recently finished their basement with a game room for their grandchildren which includes oak cabinets.
The holiday decorating will include an 11-foot Christmas tree and handmade Christmas stockings.
Kevin and Karen Poster will be showing off their 101-year-old farmhouse of which most of the rooms have been restored. One of their favorite features of the home are the pocket doors.
The kitchen has new cabinets that were modeled after the original cupboards.
The master bedroom has a cottage look to it with bead board and unique built-ins for clothing storage.
The Posters’ Christmas decorations include handmade ornaments handmade by their four children.
Bob and Marilyn Virnig’s patio home, with a spacious country kitchen, is also on the Tour of Homes. The house also has vaulted ceilings and custom-built oak cabinets.
The Virnigs show off many family heirlooms throughout their home.
Jim and Carol Andres’ home was built on the Skunk River in 2002. Their home boasts an open floor plan which is ideal for entertaining, a stone fireplace, vaulted ceilings, oak woodwork, ceramic tile and hardwood floors.
Paul and Amber Cekalla just finished building their five-bedroom rambler last May, and are looking forward to showing it off during the Holy Trinity Tour of Homes.
“It is a perfect home to visit if anyone is contemplating building a new house,” said Becker. “It has some great new ideas.”
The kitchen cabinets are made of hickory, the living room has vaulted ceilings and a fireplace.
The entertainment and sound system is wired throughout the house. There is plenty of closet space
Outside, the Cekallas put in a stamped concrete patio.
The home will be decorated inside and out for the Tour of Homes. Some of Amber’s prized Christmas ornaments include ceramic Santa Clauses made by her grandmother and a Fontanini Nativity set given to them by Paul’s mother.
After an afternoon of touring, the Red Rooster Bar in Genola will be offering two-for-one drink specials and a chili bar. The chili, toppings and bread are available for a freewill offering, also benefitting the Holy Trinity PTO.
For more information, contact Becker at The Clothesline by calling (320) 630-9561 or (320) 468-2999.