Tuesday Dec 13 2011
Home tour benefits Loomis Basin Education Foundation
By: Kim Palaferri Loomis News Correspondent
The Loomis Basin Holiday Home Tour, held on Saturday as a benefit for the Loomis Basin Education Foundation, wowed approximately 500 guests as they meandered through five homes, all decked out for the season. Driving through Loomis on a crisp, sunny day, tour-goers traveled a route that led through Newcastle and Penryn. David Beseler, president of the Education Foundation, said fundraisers like the home tour supports programs for the Loomis Union School District schools. “This fundraiser means that we can sustain programs through next year and it allows us to shore up support for all programs in the district,” Beseler said. Visitors came from all over to view the elegantly decorated homes, each with a different era and style. “My favorite thing about this years tour was that there were historic homes like the 1880 Citrus Colony home owned by the Griffith’s and newer, elaborate homes like the Encore Performance home, owned by the Pierces. Whatever your personal taste, you could find something special on the tour this year,” Beseler said. At the 1910 Craftsman Bungalow home of Jim and Vicki Johnson, visitors could get a glimpse of Vicki’s quilting hobby and business. Throughout the home, handmade quilts added to the Christmas charm. Handmade window coverings and valances framed vintage glass windows. The home’s basement held the giant quilting machine with its quilt blanked in place and nearly finished for all to see. Stacy and Jim Curtis came from Turlock to go on the tour, stopping at the Craftsman Bungalow to get ideas for their own decorating. “This is the first time we have been up, my mother-in-law goes every year,” said Staci Curtis. “I love the ideas I am getting today, we really like to decorate. Maybe down the road our neighborhood can create something like this,” Curtis said. Further down Auburn Folsom Road, at the Wooded Retreat home owned by Dean and Tiffany Rumberger, many admired the outdoor living room and pool area, while they took advantage of the warm fire. Beseler said he’s looking forward to next years tour, with a another mix of new and historic homes to wow everyone.