The Arlington Woman’s Club celebrates the yuletide season with a holiday home tour on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.
The tour will feature three homes in west Arlington as well as the beautiful Arlington Woman’s Club building. All will be exquisitely decorated for the holidays, and each residence will offer its own distinct elegance and style with family traditions evident in collectables, artwork and memorabilia.
“While you enjoy visiting lovely homes decked in holiday splendor, remember that you are also supporting supplying books for needy AISD children and a scholarship for a needy senior from each AISD high school,” said tour chairwoman Beth Anderson.
Graciously opening their homes for the tour are Ned and Diane Patrick, Cindy and Steve Ehrlich, and Alicia and Thad Smotherman.
Inside the Patricks’ Tudor-style home, decorations will reflect an old-fashioned Christmas. Don’t miss the koi pond and waterfall visible from the back porch. Original art and family collections can be admired throughout the home. Naturally, Diane Patrick, a state representative, will have a Texas-themed tree as part of her holiday decor.
Tourgoers stepping into the entry of the Ehrlichs’ hillside home will notice a Moroccan influence with braided arches. Beautiful silvers and blues in the living area were inspired by a family heirloom seascape painting. Be sure to see a portal upstairs offering a spectacular view of the Fort Worth skyline.
The Smothermans’ remarkable home is a historic replica of Andrew Jackson’s home, the Hermitage. Allow time to see all 18 themed trees in the house, including a Scottish-themed tree reflecting the owner’s heritage. In the dining area are an 1830s table and an original portrait of Robert E. Lee. Carolers will entertain guests as they view the home and the lovely Nativity scenes and historical collections
The Arlington Woman’s Club home at 1515 W. Abram St. is also open for tourists. The beautiful facility has elaborate holiday decorations and several exquisite Christmas collections on display. The architecture and interior design are among the loveliest in town.
“You and your friends will definitely get even more holiday spirit by attending the AWC Christmas Tour of Homes,” said club President Becky Lucas.
Tickets are $15 and are available in advance or on the day of the tour. The tour begins at the club; homes can be toured in any order. Chauffeur service is available from the club for $5 a person.
The Holly Jolly Follies
Dance Theatre of Arlington presents the Holly Jolly Follies on Saturday at the Mainstage Theater on the UT Arlington campus. Two shows, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., are offered to accommodate the busy holiday schedules of everyone.
Becca Brown portrays North Pole TV star Holly Jolly, and she will be joined by singing and dancing elves, dolls, trees and reindeer played by Dance Theatre Arlington dancers and students of Miss Persis Studio of Dance/Performing Arts.
“This is a show for all ages and will be sure to get you in the holiday spirit,” says Persis Ann Forster. “We’re also taking a traveling version of this show to 25 Metroplex nursing and retirement homes.”
The final performance is set for 4 p.m. Dec. 20 at Christkindl market at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Tickets are $5, and proceeds will fund UTA theater scholarships as well as Dance Theater Arlington projects. To inquire, call Forster at 817-860-1327.
Gift market to benefit Theatre Arlington Guild
Get that last-minute shopping under control in a nice, calm environment at the Guild Sale on Friday from 11 a.m to 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Theatre Arlington’s executive offices, at 316 W. Main St., directly across from the theater.
The folks at Indesign Fundraising are back by popular demand to show some fabulous fashions, jewelry, accessories, purses and great gifts for children and that man on your list.
A collection of gifts for only $6 could be a solution for stocking-stuffers. And don’t miss the end-of-year clearance section.
Guild President Beth Marshall says the sale will definitely have great gifts and most likely “a little something for yourself.”
Admission is free and funds raised benefit Theatre Arlington. Call 817-261-9628 with questions.