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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • GALS annual Tour of Homes is Dec. 9

  • The magic of the season can be seen throughout Geneseo and especially in the four homes and one home and garden center to be featured on the Christmas Tour of Homes, planned by the Geneseo Alliance of Ladies, (GALS) group.
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  • The magic of the season can be seen throughout Geneseo and especially in the four homes and one home and garden center to be featured on the Christmas Tour of Homes, planned by the Geneseo Alliance of Ladies, (GALS) group.
    The annual tour will be from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets for the tour may be purchased in advance at Maple City Florist, Best Travel, Designs on the Boulevard, Farmers National Bank, Central Bank, Black Hawk State Bank, Geneseo Chamber of Commerce, C & S Antique Mall, Geneseo Print Shop, Ameriprise Financial, Catherine A. Rothschild CPA PC offices, or from any GALS club member.
    Tickets, along with maps to locations on the tour, will be available on Dec. 9 at C & S Antique Mall, located on U.S. Route 6 West; at Maple City Florist, 802 South State St., and at the homes featured on the tour.
    Anyone who purchases a ticket for the tour is eligible to register for door prize drawings at each of the tour stops. The prizes were donated by area businesses.
    The holiday tour is the only fund-raiser sponsored by the club. Proceeds are used to fund the club's scholarship program, and each year the club offers financial assistance for women living or working in the Geneseo School District who choose to further their education.
    Each of the locations featured on the tour will provide visitors with a touch of the Christmas season. Tour stops include:
    • Maple City Florist and Garden Center at 802 South State St. — Owner/operator Chuck Oberle has decorated his entire shop and greenhouse for the season. The shop is a restored Victorian home, filled with ideas for visitors to recreate in their own homes, both indoors and outdoors. The attached greenhouse was built in 1927 and is filled with green plants and flowers,
    His Christmas displays feature a wide range of themes with numerous Christmas trees — decorated in styles ranging from woodland, traditional and retro to wildlife and contemporary.
    There is a large collection of Nativity sets on display in the greenhouse, from contemporary to classic in style. Also in the greenhouse will be collections of Victorian children, Santa figures, snowmen, angels, bears and penguins.
    Santa helpers will be making homemade wreaths from fresh scented greens in the garden shop when visitors stop by.
    • John and Fran Grier home at 217 South College — The couple live in a nine-room Victorian–Italianate/
    American Empire style home. They describe their holiday decorating theme as "eclectic."
    The Grier home, listed on the Geneseo Historic Register, is designed with 10-foot high ceilings, two staircases and a unique alternating walnut and maple floor in the informal dining area.
    Page 2 of 2 - Christmas finery will include a fresh tree in the formal dining room, a blue and white tree in the informal dining room, a snowman tree in the second floor sitting room, a tree decked in gold in the original master bedroom, a Charlie Brown tree in the front foyer and a Douglas fir tree, to be placed.
    One of the couple's unique decorations is a watch wreath. They also have collections of Longaberger baskets, trains, Precious Moments and Christmas stockings.
    • Phil and Karen Jordan's home at 758 Madison Ave. — The Jordans live in an 11-room remodeled ranch style home and will display a woodland/country theme for Christmas that includes snowmen, Santa Claus figures and a small village.
    Even though there is no central theme, the couple decorates two large Christmas trees and two smaller trees for the holidays.
    • Jim and Stephanie Mattie's home at 7 Maplewood Dr. — The Matties live in a two-story, seven room Cape Cod-style home. The couple incorporates a variety of themes into their holiday decorating using St. Nicholas figures, greenery with burgundy accents, carious Christmas trees and family ornaments.
    Numerous trees, full-size and accent-size, are showcased on the main level as well as the second floor. A tree adorned with family keepsake ornaments is the focal point of the master bedroom. Other trees range from a blue flocked and a formal gold and burgundy to a small Wizard of Oz-theme tree.
    The Mattie's Christmas display will include their collection of snow globes, St. Nicholas, old-fashion Santa and Jim Shore figures.
    • Ryan and Kristin Wilson's home at 220 Park View Dr. — The Wilsons live in a one and one-half story home that they decorate with a traditional theme for Christmas.
    "We use a combination of elements that we remember enjoying in our own families while growing up," Kristin Wilson said.
    Visitors will see a family tree in the Wilson living room, a flocked tree in the master bedroom and trees in each of the couple's three children's bedrooms.
    Their collections include a Fontanini Nativity set; Steinbach Nutcrackers and Waechtersbach Christmas dishes.
    "The ornaments on our family tree have been collected since we were married," she said, explaining the family chooses an ornament each year that represents an important family event or experience.

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