Christmas will come early for those joining the revelers at the annual North Platte Community Playhouse Guild “Carousel of Homes Tour” Saturday, Nov. 17.
Homes on the tour will be decorated in a variety of holiday modes. One home that features a Christmas tree in nearly every room belongs to Midge and Charles Mougey at 120 Regency Lane.
“To say that we love Christmas would be an understatement,” said Midge, who puts up decorations in November and leaves them up until late January. “Even though Grinch lives in our home and has for 38 plus years, we just decorate around him.”
The Mougeys have lived in their four-bedroom extended ranch home since 2005. The Christmas tree standing in the family room is a tree dripping with memories, Midge explained. The homemade glass and pearl ornaments hanging from the tree often catch the light, the prisms reflecting an earlier time when the Mougeys lived at the house now known as Bridge of Hope.
Another home on the tour is that of Wendy and Tom Grachek, who live at 1110 South Carr Ave. Their Tudor style home was built in 1978 and features a Tuscan-inspired kitchen. Santa Claus has an option at the Grachek home. There are three decorated fireplaces.
Jodi Evarts and Shaun Loughery live at 410 West Circle Drive in an updated ranch style home. The combination of “cowboy” Christmas and modern glitz, complimented with snowmen, nativity scenes and handmade wreaths, should draw cheers from viewers
Sally & Jim Jackson, who live at 2320 Birchwood, admit to being Christmas hoarders. Using the traditional Christmas theme, the tree ornaments come from places they have visited. “It’s crazy, colorful and chaotic — it’s Christmas at our home!” Sally said.
It’s always “Go Big Red!” time at the Joyce and Gary Kohn home at 601 Gilman where you will find Husker red and white on display. This year they have a collection of carousel horses for the Christmas season. Visitors will want to explore the patio and pergolas for beautiful outdoor decorations.
The Carousel of Homes tour of the five homes is set for 1-5 and 7-9 p.m. Saturday with free refreshments served at the Neville Center from 1-5 p.m. A Christmas bake sale is also available.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. They are available at Oak Tree, Westfield Floral, The Quilt Rack and Country Joy. Proceeds from the tour go to the playhouse for theatre improvements.