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Home decorations promise to delight tour-goers


Six local homes will be featured as Riverside Foundation for Health Care presents its “Magical Christmas House and Light Tour” this Sunday (Dec. 10) from 5-8 p.m.

Although ticket sales have been going a bit slow this year, organizer Joan Allison is hopeful they’ll begin to pick up as the big day approaches.

“The houses on the tour are just so spectacular that I think a lot of people would love to have a chance to see them,” Allison said. “These people go to such great lengths to make their houses extraordinary for the holidays.”

“It really is a special evening,” echoed Foundation director Teresa Hazel. “All the homes smell, sound, and look like Christmas. It really helps put you in the Christmas spirit.”

The homes on the tour this year include Lynn and Vic Davis (Third Street East), Roxy Dunn (Frenette Avenue), Barb and Claude Jodoin (Shevlin Avenue) Patty and Glenn Jorgenson (Erin Crescent), Marlene and Jim McQuarrie (Kerr Place), and Maria and Craig Sanders (First Street East).

Marlene McQuarrie is looking forward to the chance to share her love of Christmas with others.

“I been busy getting things ready now for a couple of weeks,” she admitted. “I think I have pretty much everything done so far.”

To decorate her home, McQuarrie has used a number of crafts she’s made over the years, as well as a number of items most would not usually consider Christmas decorations.

“I use a lot of old antiques that many people would not use but I incorporate them into my decorations,” she remarked. “I have decorated my living room with angels and my backroom with Santas, and I have also made a lot of wreaths that are hanging throughout the house.”

“It has been a lot of fun decorating everything,” agreed Jorgenson. “I let my children decorate the Christmas tree this year and they did a really good job.

“For me, Christmas is about the children so I liked letting them help me decorate the house.”

Like McQuarrie, Jorgenson also has been collecting her Christmas decorations over the years.

“I have a lot of different homemade things, as well as things I have been given by friends and family,” she noted. “Basically, my collection is what I call eclectic. It is a collection of things from all over.”

Tickets for the tour cost $20 each, with all proceeds going to local health care. They’re available at La Verendrye hospital, Cousineau Brokers, The Place, and Gagne’s Pharmacy.

Following the tour, cider and shortbread will be served in the front entrance of the hospital.

“We are going to have carols and music playing,” Allison told the Times last week. “It will be a nice social ending to the evening.”

For more information on the tour, call 274-4803 or 274-9484.

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