December is the month of Homes Tours
Houses decorated for Christmas
Open wide their doors
for tour goers
The recipient of the ticket sales is always a good cause.
There are literally close to hundred tours within an easy drive
But it is always good to stay close to home
On Friday night,
we enjoyed the Moonlight and Mistletoe Tour
here in our little town
At what we know as The Chenault Mansion
(the name chosen by the third owners of the Victorian home who opened it as a Bed and Breakfast)
however, it is now The Dancer Mansion
after the Dancer family who lives there now
Moonlight and Mistletoe
(And I spent most of the day Friday making the desserts for the party --
a labor of love for me
-- for sixteen years earlier, I came up with the idea of a special evening tour
attached to our Homes Tour -- it has been a success! In early years, I made all the food for the event -- so I enjoyed just desserts!)
Saturday, Friend Shirley Ann and I headed south to Carthage
(a town in Southwest Missouri known for it's marble)
A town full of Victorian Houses
And tour six of them, we did . . .
trees decorated for Christmas
lovely woodwork all bling-ed up for the tour
And my favorite of all . . . this little glass room on one of the oldest houses in town
How perfect to winter over plants
I also fell in love with
These little six by six
of the tour homes
(And I got his card -- can't you see one of Linderhof?)
And in one bathroom
Was this little "feather" tree full of real shell ornaments
And dining rooms had tables set for a Christmas feast!
Our fort does a Candlelight Tour the first Friday and Saturday of December
And we go from the bling of Victoriana
to the simplicity of the prairie
with this centerpiece on the refreshment table in the Grand Hall
where tour goers stop for hot cider and peppernuts
And "nineteenth century" children teach twenty-first century children
an old fashioned game with hoops
And husband Jim joined Old Fuss and Feathers for one number
Sunday dawned rainy but the sky cleared by tour time
We were local this time . . .
And as if we had our fill of Victorian homes,
our tour featured quite a different home
A 1929 Art Moderne "Florida" home complete with palm trees
We enjoyed the Art Moderne built in mail box
The gift wrapped refrigerator
And we finished with the three Victorians on the tour
Woodwork and garlands in the Sample Home
Lots of stained glass in both tours
The Friday night home and the last Victorian we visited, were built by
Banker Brothers who came from Kentucky to the prairies of Kansas
to open a bank
And built a big home
Brothers can be competitive
And I think the Chenault Brothers were no exception:
The original dining room chandelier in
the Walter Chenault home
(the north house, the Sample House)
originally gas it had been modernized by electrifying the fixture
The original dining room light fixture in
the Edgar Chenault Home
(the south house, the Dancer Mansion)
formerly gas -- now electric!
Which brother had the neatest fixture?
Obviously, Walter's had a bit more bling than his brother!
And I must admit that it is fun to compare the two houses!
After the tour, friends Shirley Ann and Freida came over
to refresh ourselves with a cup of tea and a nosh . . .
On the breakfast porch
with a few of my unkempt garden
we enjoyed orange cranberry shortbread and cups of restorative tea!
So much fun to visit your blog and see all the wonderful things you have to share. What wonderful home tours. The desserts looked delicious. Loved all the lovely photo's.
Hi Martha, Beautiful decor; I especially liked seeing the Old Country Roses in a Christmas tablescape. I'd never thought of using mine for Christmas. It looks elegant.
I wanted to thank you for turning me on to Ina Garten. I just purchased two of her cookbooks: Barefoot Contessa Family Style and Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You'll Make Over and Over Again. The latter I haven't yet received but I've read through, marked, and even made one of her recipes from Family Style. Do you have ALL of her cookbooks? And do you have a recommendation on your favorite(s)?
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