The Kiwanis have agreed to revive the event at the suggestion of the late Larry Roberts who hoped to recapture the enjoyment shared by so many.
MIAMI - A longtime Miami tradition, the Holiday Home Tour, is making a comeback this year, thanks to the efforts of the Miami Kiwanis and the organization’s desire to honor one of its most cherished members.
The event will be held Sunday, Dec. 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. and will feature three private residences, along with the Dobson Home which will serve as this year’s tea room.
For years one of the highlights of Miami’s holiday season was the annual tour of homes that showcased the talents of local floral designers. The event also afforded the public an opportunity to enjoy glimpses inside a select group of both modern and vintage homes all resplendent in Christmas décor and engage with the owners.
The tour was last held in 2013 after the host group, Miami Main Street, Inc. ceased operations.
Now four years later, the Kiwanis have agreed to revive the event at the suggestion of the late Larry Roberts who hoped to recapture the enjoyment shared by so many.
The retired state representative, who passed away November 11, had helped organize many previous tours through his involvement with Miami Main Street, once participating with his own residence.
As the Kiwanis’ treasurer, it was his desire to use this year’s proceeds from ticket sales as a fundraiser to support the club’s mission of supporting youth, including sponsoring the local Key Club at Miami High School.
Assuming the challenging role of organizing this year’s home tour was a learning experience for newly named Kiwanis treasurer, Jordan Boyd who also serves as Director of the Dobson Museum. He and fellow club members were determined to see Roberts’ wish fulfilled and are grateful to those who agreed to open their homes and hearts this year.
The home of Brandon and Mika Foster, located at 1407 20th Ave. N.E. in the Birnamwood addition is the most modern on the tour. This stunning two-story was recently given a major makeover.
Jason Miller of Ann’s Floral & Gifts has been tasked with adding his creative flair to the Foster’s residence.
“The holidays are my favorite time of the year and it’s always fun to help someone showcase their home for the community to enjoy,” stated Miller. “I’m glad everyone pulled together to honor Larry, so this year’s project makes it extra special for me. I’m glad to be involved.”
Sunkissed Floral owner Anita Smith also was pleased to be a part of this year’s event.
“I am delighted to see the home tour return and have always admired Larry Roberts for his efforts to promote Miami. He was a great friend to the community,” stated Smith.
A Christmas wonderland with eight specially themed trees will be in store for visitors viewing the home of James and Teresa Turner who reside in a two-story farmhouse just south of Miami at 57500 East 120 Road.
Teresa is one of two Sunkissed employees who agreed to participate on the tour this year and is well known for her over-the-top penchant for holiday decorating.
The home of Ross Tomlinson and Tim Keith, 448 Bay Street, features a rustic exterior of native rock and was built in 1937. Tomlinson has imagined dramatic use of color starting with a palette of blues, silvers, and whites in the entry, transitioning to reds and golds in the living and dining rooms. There’s also a den with a whimsical snowman theme to delight his guests. He too is a familiar face at Sunkissed.
Hot cider and other refreshments will be served at the Dobson Home. This gracious two-story craftsman-style home, adjacent to the Dobson Museum, has been remarkably preserved and includes the family’s original furnishings.
Completed in 1916, the home will be decorated by Sally Rollins, known for her elaborate holiday transformation of the Coleman Theatre for years.
Advance tickets to the home tour are $8 and available at Sunkissed Floral, Ann’s Flowers & Gifts, and the Dobson Museum. They may also be purchased at the Business Expo, to be held this year at New Life Nazarene Church the morning of Saturday, Dec. 2.
Tickets will also be available at any of the homes featured on the day of the tour.