Traditions abound at Wayne Theatre Alliance Home Tour

wtaThe Christmas Spirit is captured in the many large and small traditions that characterize this time of year.  For many, the Wayne Theatre Alliance’s home tour has become a holiday tradition.  The sixth Home Tour is scheduled for Saturday, December 6.  Once again, it will provide a window into the traditions and decors of six homes as well as the historic Plumb House Museum and the Waynesboro Country Club.

The homes are clustered in three of Waynesboro’s residential areas.  Rear Admiral Jim Ferguson (USN, Ret.) and his wife Su will open their home, located on the seventh hole of Waynesboro Country Club.  Having traveled extensively, the Ferguson’s have collected decorations from across the world as well as a collection of fine 18th century English furniture.  Stopping at the Ferguson Home may be followed by lunch at the Waynesboro Country Club.

Built as a barn in 1865, the Club House will also feature a special gingerbread house created by the Club’s Chef Michael.

Two homes in the Pelham area will welcome visitors.  The Jeutter-Robertson House lays claim to one of most stunning views in Waynesboro.  A collection of Santa’s and a wooden tree with family ornaments dating back to the 1900s are joined by family antiques to give the home the warm and comfortable feel that only a home filled with years of joy and laughter can provide.  Close by is the Vance House.  Here marvelous collections of Disney ornaments, trains, and ‘Cherished Teddies’ crown the holiday for this family.

The three homes on Rockfish Road are a fitting way to complete the sixth WTA Home Tour.  The Iberg House has become Pure Joy Farm.  Visitors will be welcomed by live music as they share the Iberg’s many nativity scenes.  Nearby is the von Bernuth House.  Having moved from Michigan, the von Bernuth’s are celebrating their second year in the Shenandoah Valley.  Visitors will be greeted by Santa Farmer astride his restored John Deere and if the weather is good by the von Bernuth’s 1914 Buick  The home will be decorated with a variety of nativity scenes, Santas, reindeer and holiday moose as well as a collection of vintage sewing machines.  Father down the road is the Schlappi House.  Built in 1812, the home is one of the oldest in the area.  The original structure and its ‘new’ 1865 addition are complimented by the Schlappis’ collection of antiques.

“I cannot think of a better way to get into the spirit of the Christmas than to visit the six homes on 2014 Home Tour,” said Tracy Straight, WTA’s Associate Director.  “We are so fortunate to have the owners of these beautiful homes open them for the pleasure of those who join the Tour.”

Tickets for the Home Tour are available for $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the tour.  A special $30 ticket is available for those who would like to leave the driving to WTA and take a seat on one of the tour’s buses.  For reservations call the WTA office at 540-943-9999 or stop by the office at 533 W. Main St, Downtown Waynesboro.



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