Bloom-Vernon Local School District is inviting the community to gather and share the spirit of the holidays for its Christmas Tour of Homes, set for early December.
The tour encompasses six homes, owned by locals who are opening their doors to the community for refreshments and discussion, in order to raise funds to afford a youth program the school hosts called Challenge Day.
The school is supplying refreshments and snacks at each location, while the homes will be decorated for the season.
Bloom-Vernon Elementary School Principal Sandy Smith said that the event always goes over well and raises much needed funds.
Participants also have the option of following the tour in their own vehicle or joining the tour bus. Smith said that last year’s participants who rode in the bus enjoyed their time, however.
“Everyone liked riding together, because we could talk and get to know each other better,” Smith said. “It was a wonderful time with everyone who participated.”
The tour will showcase the homes of Tracy Collins, Dianne Williams, Teresa Martin, Beverly Fenton Queen, Brandy and Joe Basham, and Maria Swick.
Smith explained that each house is different, whether it is in the holiday decorations or in its architecture.
“Each house is different,” Smith said. “Some houses are decorated on the outside only, but others are decorated with so much detail on the inside that each room has its own theme.”
The guests will also enjoy the unique architecture of each home. Smith said that the homeowners involved this year are excited to showcase their properties and are willing to tell stories about the houses.
“All of the houses are unique and different,” Smith said. “For example, one is a log cabin and one is a castle.”
Smith said that, while it is fun to explore the homes, it is important to remember the reason for the event, which is to bring the community together and to raise funds for a program that means so much to the students.
“A lot of the homes on the tour this year are owned by adults who participated in Challenge Day, so they can see the need in the benefits of this event,” Smith said. “It is also a good way to bring everyone together to talk, bond, and just get to know one another better.
The tour will be on December 5, between the hours of 5 and 8 p.m. Transportation is being provided by Bloom-Vernon Elementary School. All proceeds will go directly to the South Webster Challenge Day.
Tickets for the tour are $25 and can be purchased at Bloom-Vernon Elementary or South Webster High School. They are also available at Stewart’s Supply and Scioto Smiles.
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