Providing Christmas cheer

Posted January 23, 2014 at 3:17 pm

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“HOMES” DONATION HELPS MEALS ON WHEELS – The 2nd Annual Christmas Parade of Homes garnered $1,325 for the El Dorado Springs Senior Center Meals on Wheels program. The money was raised by ticket sales to tour five lovely homes in the El Dorado Springs area. John and Georgia Detwiler, Jeff and DeeDee Hunter, Kelly and Cindi Louderback, assisted by Allison Shinkle, Ted and Janice Tucker and Brent and Jennifer Bland opened their homes on Sunday, Dec. 15, for this worthy project.

A lot of work goes into decorating these homes. Some of the most popular items included the Bland’s Duck Dynasty tree, the Tuckers revolving travel tree, the Hunter’s lovely kitchen and “village,” the Detwilers’, “I can do that at my house” ideas and the Louderback’s granddaughter’s” vision of sugar plums” room.

After the tour, ticket holders were invited to the Wayside Inn Museum for refreshments provided by ladies at the Senior Center.

The Homes Tour is an old El Dorado Springs tradition that was recreated by Shannon Mays last year. As sponsor and coordinator of the event last year, she decided to make it a yearly holiday happening with the proceeds staying in the community for worthwhile recipients and/or projects.

Pictured are: (from left) Don Kohn, Lucky Reeves, Frank Koger, Shannon Mays, Jim Floyd, Sam Childs, John Fowler, Harold Snider and Jim German.

Mays would like to thank Allison Shinkle for her assistance in selling tickets and decorating, Kimball Long for taking the homes’ pictures, selling tickets and promotion, Faye Koger and the Wayside Inn Museum, Jerri Bobbett and Penny Eason along with the crew at the Senior Center. As a special thank you to all the hosts and hostesses at each location. And a very special thank you to Charlie and Dorothy Silvers for their generous donation.

Next year’s event is underway with some lovely homes already set