Altrusa to hold 2016 Holiday Home Tour

Staff Writer
Nevada Journal
David and Marianne Spalding, 2705 Ridgetop Rd.

Altrusa International of Ames members are once again offering their unique home tour with its perfect blend of heartwarming holiday spirit and caring community support.

The 28th Annual Altrusa Holiday Home Tour (HHT) will be on Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4, from 1-5 p.m. each day. Always included in this long-running event are sponsorships of local businesses, people who make it part of their can’t-miss holiday plans, and — of course — thoughtful residents willing to share their beautifully decorated homes with the public.

Homeowner’s motivations in participating may range from philanthropy, to include getting a nice jump on the holiday season and knocking off a to-do or two.

“They will have their home decorated early for the holidays so they can enjoy it more and not be so stressed during the holiday season,” says Janet Brimeyer, HHT co-chair, along with Mary Mekemson and Alice Moore. “It’s a great way to meet new people and it gets you in the holiday spirit. Some homeowners even like that it pushes them to do some projects they had been planning on but hadn’t completed yet! And we tell people that they are helping raise funds for other nonprofits and scholarships, so we appeal to their sense of philanthropy.”

This year’s HHT proceeds will support the MICA Food Pantry, Story County Legal Aid Society, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and the Emergency Residence Prepare for Success Project. “It also helps fund scholarships to nontraditional students, hoping to further or change careers, study-abroad scholarships for current college students and service awards to graduating seniors who are already demonstrating leadership skills by giving service to their communities,” adds Brimeyer.

Hosts and homes for the 2016 tour — with teasers provided by Mary Mekemson — include:

JoAnn Kinart, 2823 Monroe Dr. The Kinart’s recently remodeled one-story ranch home boasts a beautiful kitchen/dining area, unique artwork and homemade wreaths, and one-of-a-kind furniture.

David and Marianne Spalding, 2705 Ridgetop Rd. Enjoy a large, grand home with marble floors in the entry and a lovely kitchen/sitting area overlooking a serene wooded area.

Doug and Wanda McCay, 3016 Burnham Dr. This gorgeous townhouse in Northridge Heights includes a secret room you’ll want to explore! And be sure to check out Wanda’s homemade latch-hook pieces.

Larry and Debra Joel, 4269 Cameron School Rd. In addition to all the beautiful holiday displays, you’ll find animal pelts and unique taxidermy of hunting trips in Iowa and Africa in this stunning log home.

Steve and Alice Moore, 2421 Dalton Circle. Don’t miss this homey, welcoming, custom-built home, beautifully decorated and landscaped.

Tickets are $12 in advance, and $15 at the door of any home on the tour. Find them at Mary Kay’s Flowers, Evert’s Flowers, Coe’s Flowers or from an Altrusan. Participants may use their ticket on either day or split their time and the homes on both days. Friend Altrusa International of Ames, Inc. on Facebook to learn more about the tour and the organization.

If interested in having your home considered for a future tour, please contact the organization or visit with one of the members during this year’s event.

“I became interested in joining Altrusa after being part of the HHT in 2010,” adds HHT co-chair and home host Alice Moore. “I learned about the heart of the organization and the gift of giving all of the funds earned to the charities here in Story County — no dollars given to the members or the organization. I was inspired by the enthusiasm of the members to help others!”