The WCW-sponsored Woodbury Holiday House Tour, held annually for 19 years, draws visitors from all around the state. Each year, it raises funds for a range of local charities, including the scholarship fund and the community food and fuel bank. The 2013 tour included six homes, most delightfully decorated for the Holidays, and was on Saturday, December 14, despite a snowstorm.
On the day of the tour, tickets will be available for $30 starting at 9 a.m. at the Senior and Community Center, 265 Main Street South. Also at the Senior Center, ticket-holders will be treated to complimentary beverages and cookies; hot soup and crackers will be sold, as will the WCW’s popular homemade Holiday baskets and other Holiday items. There is plenty of parking at the Senior Center, and restrooms are available.
Advance tickets were $25 at Woodbury Drug, Canfield Corner Pharmacy, Plant Country, and the Curtis House in Woodbury; at Newbury Place in Southbury; and at Yankee Quilters in Seymour. Or, send a check made out to "The Woman's Club of Woodbury Holiday House Tour," along with a stamped self-addressed envelope to: Woman's Club of Woodbury House Tour, P.O. Box 1014, Woodbury, CT, 06798; please include a phone number.
The homes on the tour will be open for viewing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Four of the homes will be accessed by shuttle buses, which will leave the parking lot at Hollow Park a number of times each hour. The other two homes on the tour can be driven to directly by following the map on the ticket.
Visitors are asked to bring along slippers, since shoes can’t be worn in the homes. No photography is allowed in the homes. In the event of a very heavy snowfall that day, there will be announcements on local radio stations; the tour will take place on the following day at the same times, with “home base” at the Senior Center again offering refreshments and baskets.Shown below are the houses featured on this year's house tour.
Home of Dan Fennessy. This spacious, handsome 14-year old home features a fabulous new kitchen designed by Dan, who is a corporate pilot as well as a long-time volunteer for the Woodbury Ambulance Association. The home, decorated for celebrating the Holidays with Dan's extended family, has a seriously inviting family room and interesting furnishings, artwork, and “guy” collections.
Home and Studio of John and Marija McCarthy. Set in a tranquil landscape of rolling meadows, this 250-year old home is filled with antiques, old tribal rugs, and Marija’s wonderful oil paintings and watercolors. John is a former diplomat and US ambassador to Tunisia and Lebanon. Marija’s paintings have been shown in many galleries and museums. She has taught painting for years at the Washington Art Association. Her open, airy studio is on the tour.
Home of Frederick and Susan Orkin. Across the road from the McCarthy home, this elegant Colonial reproduction features fine furniture and rugs; a large, inviting kitchen; and views of open fields and stone walls. The builder's special touches that add to the “old” feeling: beautifully detailed millwork, wide-board floors, handsomely distressed kitchen cabinetry, and numerous wood-burning fireplaces. The 200-year-old schoolhouse, restored by the Orkins, is on the tour.
Home and Studio of Doug Holtquist. This mid-20th-century Colonial reproduction is the new home of an internationally recognized sculptor whose work is decidedly modern. Doug is a Minnesota native who has been active in Tokyo, New York City, and in Pietrasante, Italy. The home has interesting early 1900’s furniture and art; the studio—large, bright, and filled with Doug’s interesting sculptures—is on the tour.