MARSHALL - Even people who don't like Christmas most likely enjoy the decorations. They'll have plenty to see at this year's Holiday Home Tour on Sunday.
The tour features the homes of Jennifer and Jason Clarin, Jenna and Paul Puetz, Paula Schneekloth and Dan Giles, and Terry and Bill Stacken. The Lyon County Museum at 301 W. Lyon St. also will be open to tour.
The event is the Lyon County Historical Society's largest fund-raiser, said Jennifer Andries, the museum director.
Photos by Karin Elton
Terry Stacken adjusts an ornament on her Christmas tree Monday afternoon in preparation for Sunday’s Holiday Home Tour. The event is a benefit for the Lyon County Historical Society.
"Anyone can come to the museum between noon and 4 p.m. for cookies, coffee, bars and cider and then buy a ticket for $20 to see the homes," she said.
Andries said the museum is not ready for business, but the curious can take a peek.
"We're not quite open, but people can see how much we've accomplished," she said.
The main floor opens to the ice cream shop, which is the familiar Schwan ice cream counter. The first floor will display the changing exhibits and will also house the heritage room which "honors the old houses," said Andries. The veterans' wall will also be on the first floor, in addition to the research/education/meeting room which was the computer room in the former Marshall-Lyon County Library.
The second floor will have displays which will represent the Lyon County cities.
"We'll have every town represented," Andries said. "We'll have a post office, bank, church and mercantile."
For something more modern, tourists can visit the home of Terry and Bill Stacken on Dublin Street. Terry Stacken enjoys decorating in general and decorating for Christmas in particular.
"Every room has something - trees, greens, snowmen," she said. "I did a little more because of the tour."
Stacken, who works at Floor to Ceiling in Marshall, said she will borrow a few decorated, lighted trees from Renee DeAustin of Johnson Paint and Wallpaper.
"The trees are decorated with rhinestone jewelry," she said. "I like glitter and glitz."
Stacken said she has bought many of her decorative items from Johnson's and Bofferding's. Items that she can no longer collect are colonial village pieces from Bromen's Supply.
"They don't make them anymore," Stacken said.
In addition to colonial village items, she is also a big collector of glassware from the 1960s and 1970s.