27th Holly Tour of Homes

A holiday tradition continues in Westfield with the 27th Holly Tour of homes.  The Westfield tour will be held on Sunday, November 18 from 12:30 – 5 PM and is sponsored by Westfield Women’s Organization. Tickets are $10 each and proceeds will benefit local community programs. Stops on the tour include:

Johnson Estate Winery is New York’s oldest Estate winery. In the tasting room you will see hand-hewn beams and pillars, some of hemlock and some of cucumber wood harvested from the farm’s woods almost 200 years ago.

The Thomas and Lesley Rackowski home was built in 1950 and parts of the home still have the 50’s retro decor. Architect Gene Lawson designed the house. This Usonian style home is typical associated with the designs created by Frank Lloyd Wright where they are usually single-story home with open living area and an abundant use of wood and brick.

The Wendy and Joe Santilli home on the outskirts of Westfield is a 1883 schoolhouse completely renovated into a charming home. The home has been decorated to reflect the history of the building using salvaged materials wherever possible.

The Tracy and Linda Bennett home is a two-story home built in 1965.  Twin corner cupboards in the dining room and oak hardwood floors in the dining room and living room are original to the home. Keepsakes, collections and a beautiful twelve piece nativity will all be on display.

The Barbara LaPolt home was built in 1830 by Ruben Wright Jr. In 1845 it was the Farmers and Drovers Hotel and later became known as the Guild or Seymore house. Barbara LaPolt purchased the house in 2006 and has spent these last few years gutting and restoring this home keeping as many period details as possible including much of the original flooring.

St.Peter’s Episcopal Church in Westfield is offering an opportunity to journey through the Labyrnith. The Labyrinth is an experience of walking a sacred path.

The First Presbyterian Church of Westfield is over 200 years old. Here you will have a chance to relax with a light dessert while listening to talented local musicians. The church’s pipe organ will be featured in a music duet.

The Holly Tourist determines the order in which the sites are viewed.  Due to occasional long lines, unpredictable weather and treasured collectibles and heirlooms of the homeowners, please leave infants and young children in the comfort of your own home. Please dress appropriately for the weather.  Smoking and picture taking inside the homes is prohibited.  Restroom facilities are available at the YWCA, Eason Hall and the Presbyterian Church.

Tickets for the Holly Tour may be purchased from WWO members or in Westfield -  Four Seasons Flower Shop,  Westfield Optical, Tallulah’s Hair Design, &  Beth’s Parkview Café.  Lakewood – Bag & String Wine Merchants, Fredonia – the Paper Factory and Time Pieces;  North East – Calico Patch.  You may also purchase tickets online from Johnson Estate Winery  www.johnsonwinery.com For more information, call 680-1317 or email wwoholly@gmail.com.

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