The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

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November 30, 2010

It's time again for the Altrusa Tour of Homes

GREENVILLE — It’s that time of year again.

Time for Christmas carols playing over the airwaves, lights of all colors brightening up the night sky, the gathering of family and, of course, the annual Altrusa Tour of Homes, to be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 5.

Tickets for the tour are $12 and can be purchased from Greenville Floral and Gifts, 6008 Wesley, the Herald-Banner or from any Altrusan. To be guaranteed a spot on the tour tickets need to be purchased in advance.

There are five homes on this year’s tour, with a nice mix of vintage, contemporary, quaint and luxurious.

The home of Alice and Thom Magers is a quaint country style home built in the 1960s. The home features a train themed tree, dedicated to the memory of Alice’s dad, along with an angel themed tree in memory of her mother.

Danny and Caroline Keene’s home is a high Tuscan style country home which was built in 2006. Expansive landscaping, numerous waterfall and yard sculptures are just some of the features of this home.

The home of Jerry Ransom, a 5500 square foot home built in 2007, is traditional in style. The entryway is graced with a custom, wooden staircase and a wide, expansive living area.

Tony and Samantha Norman’s home is contemporary in style and is filled with modern art, some functional and some just for show. The home is also equipped to entertain with a full commercial bar, an amazing and very relaxing outside area and a theater.

The last home on the tour, belonging to Kelli and Jason Tharp, was built in 1986 and is a very traditional style home filled with eclectic vintage furnishings and a 1900s Chinoiserie piano.

In addition to touring homes, attendees can stop by the Wesley United Methodist Church, 5302 Highway 69 South, for refreshments, a silent auction and to listen to the choirs, which will be performing throughout the day. Tickets will also be sold for a playhouse drawing.

The proceeds from this year’s tour will go to Texas Oncology to provide prescriptions for cancer patients, gas cards to help with transportation needs and prescription co-pays for cancer patients that have limited income in Hunt County.

“After losing one of our members, Sherial Williams, to breast cancer we felt this was a really good cause,” said Luanne Dickens. “So, the proceeds from the tour will be given to Texas Oncology in her honor.”

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