Holiday tour a hit
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For some Austin residents, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the annual holiday tour of the Hormel Historic Home.

“I come to this every year because I love to get Christmas decorating ideas,” said Judy Pryor.

As the tour marked its 25th season, the new HHH executive director, Holly Johnson, was on hand to greet guests.

Johnson said guests will enjoy the variety of holiday displays, ranging from creative scrapbooking ideas to the history of the Christmas card to beautiful table settings and holiday room decor.

Guests might also see a few surprises, like a snowman in an unusual location.

Each room features a display that highlights the decorator’s holiday decorating style. At the end of the tour, guests have a chance to vote on the room they enjoyed the most.

A favorite was the home’s master bedroom, decorated by Anita Ulwelling. The title of the display is “Sparkling Ice with Teal Peacock Accents.” The room features Ulwelling’s collection of shimmering silver, white and festive holiday decor, including a white flocked Christmas tree trimmed in teal and silver.

After touring that display, Maryann Bush said, “I like the idea that you don’t always have to use red and green to decorate for the holidays because it allows you to leave your decorations up a little bit longer if you want to.”

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Somerset Welfare League shares holiday decorating ideas
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The Welfare League raised and donated $ 19,500 through fundraising efforts last year. Two years ago — the last time the group held the house tour — the effort raised nearly $ 24,000 for charity.

This year’s house tour displays are titled “Yuletide on the Hill,” “A Hidden Wooded Estate,” “Winter Haven” and “A Primitive Country Christmas Memory.”

Group member Loraine Nolder said the homes’ style and décor are intended to evoke Christmas spirit inside and out.

“There are rooms and unique touches in each of the homes that give a lot of people the feeling of nostalgia,” she said. “The tour features some truly breathtaking homes and sceneries.”

More than 30 Welfare League members helped decorate the homes.

“It took a lot of effort on everyone’s part,” Sroka said, “and their hard work really shows on the tour.”

The house tours run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Visitors are asked to park at the Somerset high school auditorium, where the tour begins. Transportation to the homes — and back to the school — will be provided.

Tickets can be purchased on the day of the tours or in advance by calling Vickie Friedline at 814-443-4902 or the Clothes Line for Women at 814-445-4378.

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