Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Holiday decor on display in five Colleyville Homes on Sunday

The 31st annual Holiday Home Tour hosted by the Colleyville Woman’s Club is Sunday.
The 31st annual Holiday Home Tour hosted by the Colleyville Woman’s Club is Sunday.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially in the homes chosen for the 31st annual Holiday Home Tour hosted by the Colleyville Woman’s Club coming up Sunday. The halls have been decked, and the doors will be graciously opened to welcome guests from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on this one-day-only tour.

“Five beautiful homes will be showcased, all in Colleyville, and exquisitely decorated for the holidays,” said Woman’s Club spokeswoman Carol Wollin. “There will be something for everyone on this tour as each residence offers its own distinct elegance and style while family traditions are evident in displayed collectables, artwork and memorabilia.”

The home of Frank and Brenda Ritz will delight tourgoers with their magical Christmas tree house (aka a mirrored closet that showcases the tree), and possibly Santa himself might be fishing at the backyard pond while life-size dolls guide an antique sleigh in the front yard.

A gorgeous 12-foot tree will welcome guests to the home of Richard and Brandi Davidson, where delightful Christmas vignettes are the focal point of their holiday decor. A large Nativity and nutcracker and Santa collections reflect the Christmas spirit in this home.

Michael and Andrea Vennemeyer’s remarkable home is described as “Versailles and a bit of Gothic Europe” with its exquisite architecture and furnishings, art collection and accessories. For the holidays, a Santa collection along with three dazzling trees paired with corresponding Christmas arrangements and splashy holiday decor will wow guests on the tour.

For the holidays, Joe and Kerri Gutowski have chosen wonderful wreaths to decorate their French doors opening to the front porch to welcome holiday guests. A beautiful bowl of magnificent poinsettias has sentimental value from a family tradition, as do the Christmas stockings on display.

A 25-foot-tall Christmas tree will delight visitors in the home of Don and Shellie Scott. The living room mantel is flanked by 4-foot angels alongside the antique-style gold-toned ornaments on the tree. The superb home is situated near the Lakes of Somerset.

Returning again is the popular Santa’s Sweet Stop offering complimentary samples of tasty treats, a chance to visit with Santa and exquisite gifts to purchase for someone special on your Christmas list. Poinsettias will also be on sale for $10 along with raffle tickets for $5. The shop will be in the Chamber of Commerce facility at 6700 Colleyville Blvd.

Proceeds from the tour will be used by woman’s club for community improvements. The 200-member organization has raised more than $3.4 million for worthy causes throughout Northeast Tarrant County since the club formed in 1978. Membership is open to residents of Colleyville and the surrounding area. The chair of the home tour is Kim Harrison.

Tickets for the Holiday Home Tour are $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the tour. Check the website for a list of retailers selling tickets. For detailed information and a preview of the homes on the tour, visit or call the club hotline at 817-358-1805.

Volksmarch on Saturday part of Christkindl activities

Enjoy a fitness walk at the Volksmarch on Saturday as part of the Texas Christkindl Market activities. The event will offer participants the choice of a 15K, 10K or 5K distance. All walks begin at the Arlington Visitors Center, 1905 E. Randol Mill Road, and follow a beautiful outdoor route on a path next to Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The event is designed after the long-standing European tradition of noncompetitive fitness walking — “a Volkssport or ‘people’s sports’ activity.” The Tarrant County Walkers will coordinate the free event, and walkers may start the route anytime between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Dogs on a leash are welcome.

For information, call 817-847-5185 or mail

Arlington Holiday Lights Parade is Saturday

Nothing is more magical than lighting up the dark night with the sights and sounds of the festive Arlington Holiday Lights parade. The glittering lineup will step off at 6 p.m. sharp on Saturday at the corner of Main and Center streets, inspiring delight and wonder for the young and young at heart lining the downtown streets. Decorator’s Warehouse is once again the proud title sponsor.

The lighted promenade is a community favorite with entries that will stoke the imaginations of legions of admirers gathered to watch the nearly 100 entries adorned with sparkling lights and lavish decorations. Entertainment and activities at the Levitt Pavilion will offer pre-parade fun, and the tree lighting after the parade will combine with the rest for a full-fledged holiday festival.

Christmas floats, marching bands, cheer and dance squads, vintage cars, equestrian groups, and local businesses, clubs, scouts and churches will form the 100-entry sparkling processional as it defies the dark and moves through the downtown area.

What parade would be complete without a marching band? Kudos to the Seguin High School Cougar band, led by band director Mike Davis, for coming back again this year.

Onlookers will love the amazing Show Truck built from parts recovered from 11 different stolen vehicles as it cruises the parade route as a reminder from the Tarrant Auto Crimes Task Force that residents should lock their vehicles with valuables stored out of sight during this holiday shopping season.

Watch out for the zany antics of the World-Famous Wheelie-ing Elvi as they zigzag the street and pop wheelies on their mini-motorcycles. And what about the glowing hula hoops spinning spectacularly as a group of performers from The Hoop Shack, owned by Geri McNeice, dances and spins their way along the parade route.

If you see a monster truck ambulance rolling along the parade route, you now know it’s called The Whambulance from First Choice Emergency Room. The new medical facility is entering the parade for the first time this year.

“At the conclusion of the parade, Mayor Jeff Williams has flip-the-switch honors, along with Santa Claus, to light up the Viridian Christmas Tree, a spectacular 11,000-pound, 50-foot blue spruce,” said Elle Stubbs, who is co-directing the parade with Scott Reading.

The parade and accompanying activities are an all-volunteer effort led by Stubbs and Reading helped by the dedicated efforts of Joni Wilson, Don Duke, Joyce Pinnow, Russ Greene, Jonathan Januta, Misty Lockhart and Jeannie Deakyne.

Interestingly, Stubbs is doing the heavy lifting long distance as she is currently part of a volunteer team doing mission work in Vienna after stints in Sarajevo and Herzegovina.

Wilson and Duke have been named the grand marshals of the 2015 Arlington Holiday Lights Parade. “Don Duke and Joni Wilson were selected as grand marshals to recognize the service they have offered our community and to honor them this year — which is the 10th year that they have served together on the Arlington Holiday Lights Parade Committee,” Reading said.

A sterling lineup of entertainment at the Levitt begins at 2 p.m. Performers include CATS’ touring group, Caleidoscope, the Elf Show from Miss Persis Studio of Performing Arts, and a screening of The Muppet Christmas Movie on the big screen while Santa receives guests for photo ops on the Levitt Stage. The Arlington Community Band will perform at City Hall before the parade.

“With only days left until the parade, the Arlington Holiday Lights Parade committee is grateful to all of our volunteers and supporters that make this possible year after year. The outstanding parade entries and our entertainment before and after the parade are sure to make this the Arlington family event of the year,” Reading said.

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