Christmas lighting and decorations like this are going up all over the area, and the OTLR Holiday Tour of Homes will give the public a chance to see several homes from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday and how they have decorated their homes, outside as well as inside. Courtesy photo
By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Daily Leader
The Original Town of Liberal Revitalization (OTLR) will be conducting its largest fundraiser of the year on Sunday afternoon. The Holiday Tour of Homes consists of eight homes and one business that have literally decked the halls for a good cause.
“This is our 11th annual tour,” Executive Director Cheryl Louderback said. “It is this Sunday afternoon from 1 to 5 p.m. We have eight homes and one business. There will be lots and lots of decorating ideas. There are just so many different ideas this year. I just know that people that go into these homes or the business will come away with great ideas to decorate their own homes.”
Although many of the homes are decorated in traditional holiday themes, there are a few that have added a unique flair to their seasonal decor, Louderback said.
“Of course, there will be a lot of Santas and a lot of nativity scenes,” she said. “One of the homeowners has a Florida Gator themed tree. One of the homeowners has a lot of different glass spinners, icicles, teardrops – just very unusual and unique items. Of course, there is a lot of traditional red and green. But, I think there is going to be a lot of other different ideas this year that people will be able to see and enjoy, and maybe even try it in their own homes if they choose.”
Louderback said the route people take in order to get from house to house is completely up to them. A map will be provided, she said.
“People can go together with family members or friends,” she said. “They can car pool as well. We provide a map that will give everyone the direct route from one home to another. They don’t have to go that way, but the homes are listed one through nine and it just provides them with the most direct route. People can go in whatever order they like. The map, though, will show you the street name and show you exactly where to go to get to each home.”
Tickets, Louderback said, are $10 apiece, regardless of age. The map will be included with the purchase of the ticket. She added there is more than one way to obtain a ticket for the event.
“Tickets can be purchased at the homes (Sunday) – all homes will have tickets to sell,” she said. “Everyone must present their ticket at the door of each home. If they don’t have a ticket ahead of time, they can buy one at any of these homes.
“To buy tickets ahead of time, they can stop by the OTLR office at 150 Plaza Drive, First National Bank, Sunflower Bank, the Registry near El Kan, Southern Office Supply and Southwest Times,” she explained.
Proceeds from the Holiday Tour of Homes will go directly to OTLR in order to continue to provide safe and affordable housing for those in need throughout the community.
“We are a low-income housing organization,” she said. “We have homes in different areas of Liberal that we rehabilitate. Most of them, actually, are new builds, though – we built most of them ourselves. Then we provide safe and affordable housing to low- to moderate-income families. Last year was my first year to do this, and I believe it raised a little more that $2,000 for us.”
Louderback encourages the community to participate in the tour. Those in attendance, she said, will be sure to feel the Christmas spirit.
“This is a great time for family and friends to get together to see the sights and just enjoy the decorations,” she said. “The people that are in it this year are so excited. It is just so much fun to put together.”