Holiday Home Tour
Looking to get a jumpstart on your holiday spirit? Plan on attending the Holiday Home Tour, a benefit for the West Linn High 2020 Substance Free Graduation Party.
This annual event features a tour of six lavishly decorated homes plus performances by the school's choirs and music departments, raffles and photo opportunities with Santa at Oswego Hills Winery.
The tour takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, starting at Oswego Hills Winery, 450 Rosemont Road in West Linn.
"Our event starts at Oswego Hills Winery," said Briana Currey, one of the tour organizers. "At the winery we will have a fantastic local Santa Claus available for a photo op for the entire public (whether you purchase a tour ticket or not). Photos can be taken for a donation to the grad party instead of waiting in line at the mall. We will be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win one of six very nice gift baskets. The gift baskets will be displayed at each home with photos at the winery. Anyone can purchase a raffle ticket and select the basket to bid on. Those who are touring the homes can pick up their tour bracelet and a map of the six houses at the winery."
The tour includes stops at the homes of Melissa Hoy, Dawna Burke and Sharon and Tom Loun.
Hoy's house is referred to as the Rainbow House, as the decorations include all colors of the rainbow. Hoy's son, Owen, is a sophomore at WLHS, and she says she was asked to participate in the tour because of her artistic reputation.
"I was an art major and I'm a big DIYer," she said.
She and her children have made many of the ornaments and the whole family enjoys decorating for the holidays. A collection of nutcrackers, snowglobes already adorned her home, and the Christmas tree was scheduled to go up the day after Thanksgiving.
"It takes about eight hours to put on the lights," she said. "And then several more to put on the ornaments. It will look a bit Dr. Seuss-ish."
WLHS senior Treyton Burke's house, decorated by his mother Dawna Burke, is called the Winter Wonderland house. It features six decorated Christmas trees, deer, snowmen and much more.
"Every room is decorated," Burke said, adding that she had been working on the decorations for about two weeks. "I've had three helpers and we've been at it to 10 p.m. more than once."
She has always decorated extensively for Christmas and was volunteered to be on the tour by a friend.
"I keep rearranging things, shifting them around until I am happy with it," she said.
Tom and Sharon Loun are repeat holiday tour decorators; they participated in the tour many years ago when their children were at WLHS. Grandson Ethan Loun will graduate next spring and they were delighted to support the substance free graduation party.
Their home is called the Village Home, a nod to the nearly 100 miniature lighted houses decorating their home.
A delight upon entering their home is the antique Santa and reindeer driven sleigh appearing to be heading to the rooftop.
Attendees on the Holiday Home Tour are sure to gain lots of inspiration for decorating their own homes for the holidays.
Tickets to the Holiday Home Tour are $25 in advance online at wlhsgradparty.org or $30 at the door.
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