Touring festive homes
Published 5:48 am Thursday, December 4, 2008
By By MaryClaire Foster
The 13th annual Atmore Tour of Homes sponsored by the Grand Ole Dames Garden Club will be Sunday, Dec. 7 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.
This year’s tour will feature five homes along with several area businesses.
Club secretary Levice Haynie said the event is something fun for the group and the community.
The featured homes this year include, Robert and Melanie Hendrix at 899 S. Pensacola Ave., Michael and Lori Diller at 1007 S. Presley St., Dietrich and Erica Bondurant on McRae St., Bob and Marcia Green at 1877 Kimberly Dr. and Mark and Michelle Parish at 1759 Woodridge Dr.
The Hendrix home will feature three live trees, each with a theme, and every room of the house is decorated in colors that compliment the room.
Melanie Hendrix said every year since she and her husband have been married they have bought a Christmas ornament together and also one for each of their two children. This main tree will also have ornaments from places they have visited.
There will also be a Chrismon tree with Christian decorations. In the dining room the tree will be decorated with gold, silver and white.
There are also twig trees in the master bedroom and children’s rooms. The tree in the master bedroom will be decorated in all gold, their son’s has ornaments from the manger scene and their daughter’s has ornaments she has collected over the years.
Melanie Hendrix said she is looking forward to the tour, which she attends every year.
The Diller home will be decorated in a traditional manor with a tree with ornaments they have collected through the years starting in their childhoods. Their tree is topped with an angel they bought together the first year they were married.
Their Christmas china, given to them by her grandparents, John and Fonda Garrard, will also be on display. They will also be serving refreshments.
Lori Diller said she too usually attends the tour and is happy to be one of the homes.
The Green’s home will feature a large Christmas tree in the family room with ribbon and gold accents. They also have a tree for their grandchildren in their sunroom with Precious Moments and homemade ornaments.
Dietrich and Erica Bondurant’s home is a newly built log cabin and will have a traditional Christmas tree and a nativity scene will decorate the top of the built-in wooden entertainment center.
The businesses participating are, the Beans Store, Day Gallery on Main, Atmore Florist, Lilly’s Florist and Coley Petals and Parties.
Tickets for the tour are $10 and may be bought from any club member or at the “Atmore News.” Proceeds from the tour will be given to Atmore Area Christian Care Ministry, Atmore Nursing Center and Atmore Community Hospital Auxiliary.