A local chapter of the international service sorority,
Beta Sigma Phi, is sponsoring its 4th annual Christmas
Homes Tour on Saturday, Dec. 1.
This years tour is arranged with safety and convenience
in mind - all the homes are in the Lakes of Oakmont subdivision
south of Platte City. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased
at any one of the homes on tour day.
Maps are available at Eggens True Value Hardware, Wells
Bank and Platte Valley Bank. The homes will be open from
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Xi Zeta Upsilon uses the money raised
from the tour for local service projects. Last years
projects included utility bill assistance through United
Services, providing Easter hams for needy families and
for adopting a five-member family for Christmas through
Danny Jacobs program at KCP&L.
Barb and Jim Klusman live on Harbor Point Drive in a
home that was built in 1997. The over 4,000 square foot
home has an open space floor plan throughout. The Klusmans
need plenty of that space for the visits of their five
grandsons. Barb has a collection of almost 50 Santas.
She noted that some of them were gifts from students when
she taught. Barbara listens to her family when it comes
to Christmas decorations; she wants it to be a reflection
of them. After all, its about family, especially
during the holidays.
Paige and Bill Scheetz live on 130th in the subdivision.
The 4,000 square foot home is a traditional story and
a half with a completely finished basement level. This
provides plenty of space for the Scheetz and their two
teenagers. Paige, like Barb, also collects Santas, but
says that the number varies each year because she likes
to use each of them differently every Christmas. She loves
decorating for the holidays each year, striving to make
her home welcoming and comfortable for their guests and
families, a highlight of the holidays for Paige and Bill.
In the neighborhood, Jennifer and Eric Sherwood also
live on 130th. Their home is also a story and a half and
over 3,500 square feet. It is the newest of the tour homes
- the Sherwoods moved in early this year. They will need
the extra space when their baby comes into the world next
spring, welcomed by his/her big brother. The floor plan
is very open which complements the cherry wood cabinets
and dark wood floors throughout. Jennifer notes that she
doesnt have any collections. As a matter of fact,
her tree is decorated completely with special family remembrances.
At a time of world uncertainty, this years tour
offers a return to the security of a neighborhood, family
focus and holiday meaning. If you have questions about
the tour, call 858-5789.