Home tour lights way to Christmas
Marion City Library’s Christmas home tour is just around the decked-out corner.
Tickets for the tour, 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 4, are $5 and are for sale only at the library, including the day of the event.
The tour will feature four homes.
- Pauline Holub, 2004 E. 230th Rd., built in 2000.
- Albert and Shawna Johnson, 1763 130th Rd., built in the 1800s.
- Vince and Vickie Schroeder, 13 Lois Lane, built in 2011.
- Michel and Sherry Soyez, 802 Denver St.
Participants were asked:
Why did you want to participate in the home tour?
Holub: “Because Janet (Marler, the city’s librarian) asked me. We were on the tour 20 years ago, and we’ve done some work to the house since then.”
Shawna Johnson: “Because they asked me. There’s a lot of history in the home, and a lot of people asked to see it after our renovation. It’s for a good cause.”
Vickie Schroeder: “Janet at the library said it might be good to advertise our business, Tallgrass Longarm Quilting. My husband and I are both quilters.”
Sherry Soyez: “We just wanted to give back to the library.”
What’s your decorating style?
Holub: “A little bit of this, and a little bit of that.”
Johnson: “I think I would say modern farmhouse.”
Schroeder: “Stuff we’ve picked up over the years. It will not be in a magazine, I can assure you of that.”
Soyez: “We have a modern Victorian theme throughout our Christmas. We also have a Precious Moments Sugar Town and a North Pole village.”
Do you believe in Santa Claus?
Johnson: “For sure. I think Santa lives in all of us.”
Schroeder: “No. We’ll have a nativity scene outside with a big star and a big angel. We don’t get into Santa.”
Soyez: “Of course! When we are older, Santa teaches us to give back to other people and to give back to the community.”
Real or artificial?
Holub: “Artificial. We have three different sizes of tinsel trees. The tallest one is probably close to 6 feet, and then we have 4 feet, and 3 feet.”
Johnson: “Usually we do a real tree, but this year we have an artificial tree because it will need to be up much earlier with the home tour.”
Schroeder: “Artificial. I’m lazy.”
Soyez: “We have one big artificial tree in the parlor and a smaller artificial Snoopy tree in the corner of our stairwell. We put it in an old crock.”
Last modified Nov. 24, 2022