SALEM - The Salem Storybook Museum is announcing a gala home tour, "Come Home for the Holidays" - A Candlelight Home Tour" from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 22 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 23. The starting point is the plaza at Kent State University City Center, 230 N. Lincoln Ave. Advance tickets are $15 and $20 on the day of the tour.
Robert Viencek, fund raising chairman for the museum, is the chairman. Elaine Rousseau-Kothera, museum treasurer, is the co-chairman.
"There will be five beautifully decorated homes for the tour," said Viencek. "They are: John and Laura Ramsey's classic saltbox house located at 1787 Pearce Circle. The home features a sunken dining room and rustic family room. The library is paneled with a fireplace as its focal point. Also on Pearce Circle is the impressive red brick home of Zane and Jennifer Brown. The color scheme for the public rooms is based on an antique picture of two hunting dogs. An expansive family room and kitchen run the entire width of the house; windows overlook a beautifully wooded backyard.
The Salem Storybook Museum will kick off the upcoming holidays by hosting its gala home tour, “Come Home for the Holidays” — A Candlelight Home Tour,” from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 22 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 23. The starting point is the plaza at Kent State University City Center, 230 N. Lincoln Ave. Pictured are, seated, from left, Jennifer Brown, co-owner of the red brick home on Pearce Circle, the second home on the tour; Elizabeth Thatcher, Storybook Museum director and founder; standing: Sondra O’Donnell, house chairman; Robert Viencek, tour chairman; and Karen Carter, Salem Beautification Committee member and docent. (Submitted photo)
"The third home on the tour is the striking green mansion located at 914 Franklin Ave.," said Viencek.
"It is the home of Terry and Tonyea Kellison. Guests on the tour will see the handsome handpainted French wallpaper in the entrance hall. They will tour the second floor and view several beautifully appointed bedrooms and finally reach the third floor ballroom with its many collections.
"Located at 913 Home Circle is the classic Cape Cod house owned by Shirl J. Orourke," he said. "This beautifully restored home is a favorite stopping point for the passerby to view the seasonal window boxes and beautifully landscaped front yard.
"Shawn Theiss recently purchased his historic South Lincoln home. Since he took ownership, he has put in a new kitchen, flooring, and selected an interesting color palette for the walls. The focal point of the entrance hall is its curving staircase.
"David Johnson's home is located above his garage. But what a garage it is. It houses his priceless collection of nine restored automobiles. They include a 1937 Lincoln "K" 7-Passenger Touring Car with Custom Body by Willoughby. One of seven cars built, only three are known to survive," said Viencek.
"Included in the collection is a 1940 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe-'Torpedo' Series. There were 200 built with only nine known to survive.
"Certainly a keystone in the collection would be the 1941 Packard 160 Limo Convertible-Custom Body by Rollson. Only one car was built; it survives as an unrestored original car," said Viencek.
"The seventh stopping point on the tour," said Elaine Rousseau-Kothera, "is the magnificently restored Salem Methodist Church. It was built in 1910 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. The massive and impressive structure is the home of the annual community church Christmas program held in December. The members of the church are so very proud of the extensive restoration work that has recently been completed. At this stop, guests will enjoy light refreshments."
The final stop on the tour, according to Elizabeth Thatcher, the director and founder of the Salem Storybook Museum, is "The Charles Burchfield Homestead Museum located at 867 E. Fourth St. Recently Mr. and Mrs. David Swartz of Salem donated their unique collection of lighted Christmas houses. The display is being set up by Mr. Richard Theiss and Ms. Janis Yereb, the curator for the Salem Storybook Museum."
This year's tour is extensive and varied. Guests are urged to start early in order to enjoy and visit all eight sites. Tickets are available at the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, Hibbetts Sporting Goods Store (in the Salem Plaza), Vivian's Antiques and Collectibles in Columbiana, and at Consign and Design in Poland.
Reservations for the tour may be made by calling 330-332-1632 or 330-332-4723. All homes will be decorated for either the Thanksgiving holiday or Christmas.