Holiday Home Tour
The 2019 Kearney Holiday home Tour will take place on Saturday, December 7, with a special preview reception and event on Friday, December 6 at the Y Pavilion on the Lake.
The Holiday Home Tour, a fundraising event for HelpCare Clinic, is an event designed to celebrate the beauty of the holiday season. Community members are invited to tour up to six homes beautifully decorated for the holidays.
The Countdown Is On!
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (tour to follow)
Y Pavilion on the Lake
This hors d’oeuvre reception and preview event will be limited to the first 200 tickets purchased. The preview event allows attendees to tour the homes with fewer people. Attendees will also have the opportunity to view one home not open to the public for Saturday’s tour, and special features of other homes also not available Saturday. Please RSVP by purchasing your tickets before December 5.
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Attendees who have purchased a ticket online, at one of our ticket partner locations, or attended the preview reception are welcome to tour this year’s homes on Saturday, December 7. Tickets can also be purchased at the door of any home on Saturday’s tour.
We encourage you to purchase tickets in advance at any of these ticket partner locations: HelpCare Clinic, Shopping
See the Homes
We’d like to thank these wonderful homeowners for their willingness to open up their homes for the 2019 tour. Learn more about each home below.
Dr. Tom and Mary Alice Lanspa
6112 5th Avenue Place
This brand-new home will be decorated in a traditional, family-friendly Christmas theme. Inside you’ll find traditional and transitional décor, grey and blue hues, and many hand-made Christmas items including stockings made by mom and many family-made Christmas ornaments. These family heirlooms are complemented by design assistance from Indigo Bungalow.
The Lanspa’s 6-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom home was built just this year (2019), and features high ceilings, an office, an exercise room, and a sewing room, and zero entry, wheelchair accessible hallways and doors.
Rooms of Interest
In the main living area, you’ll find a fireplace and mantel decorated with a Budweiser box and authentic horseshoe from a Budweiser Clydesdale in St. Louis, as well as African décor brought home from the Lanspa’s trip to Africa. Also notice a collection of Santas passed down from Grandma Lanspa.
In the master bedroom, look for beautiful recessed ceilings.
In the basement, notice candle holders and vases from the Lanspa’s mothers-in-law.
In the basement bedroom, look at an original 1990’s Christmas tree from American Girls Dolls as well as dolls in their Christmas dresses.
Marc and Roberta Loescher
1402 9th Avenue
This Victorian home will be decorated with antiques and vintage Victorian décor, accented by greenery from Kearney Floral. Throughout the home you’ll find original woodwork, etched glass pocket doors and original English chandelier light fixtures. Upon arrival you’ll notice the massive Romanesque style porch.
Built in 1888, the Loescher’s home features 18 rooms, 4 fireplaces, 12-foot ceilings, original fir and oak floors and beautiful imported stained and etched glass windows.
Rooms of Interest
In the vestibule, notice the original tile floor and wainscot paneling, coat hooks and light fixture.
In the reception hall, notice the recital stage surrounded by cherry paneling and the main staircase. Look for an 1880’s walnut pump organ and a 7-foot Christmas tree decorated with antique ornaments and toys.
In the parlor, look for period furniture and a collection of vintage feather trees with antique and vintage ornaments.
In the dining room, you’ll find period antique furnishings and Christmas decorations, as well as pocket doors with red flashed glass.
In the kitchen, look for the butler’s hall with a built-in cupboard.
The second floor of the home is open Friday evening only. There you’ll find:
A master bedroom with a walkout to the east facing sunroom.
A child’s bedroom now utilized as the Loescher’s family room – also without a walkout to the east facing sunroom.
An office and an additional bedroom all carrying through with the antique and vintage Christmas theme.
Dr. Walter Martin and Family
322 W 22nd Street
This home is currently also the oldest church in Kearney. With many architectural features in the home itself, you’ll notice traditional Christmas design by Jayne Meyer to complement the beautifully remodeled living space.
The Martin’s 5-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom home was built in 1889 as First Baptist Church. With many gothic revival features, you’ll notice the traditional elements that have been maintained as the building has transformed.
Rooms of Interest
The main living area served as the church’s sanctuary. There are many architectural features in this room, including a ceiling in the form of Grecian cross.
Throughout the home, notice the stained glass from Italy that contributes to the home’s fabulous history, including a visit from President Truman in 1948.
Kevin and Claressa Millsap
4715 28th Avenue
This contemporary home will be decorated with a mid-century modern feel including earth tones and bright accent colors. With support from Kearney Floral, look for contemporary decorations and custom remodels done by the homeowners.
The Millsap’s 6-bedroom, 3-bathroom home was built in 2004. You’ll find designated rooms for grandchildren and for music – as well as an expanded outdoor living area.
Rooms of Interest
In the kitchen, look for custom cement countertops, sinks and a waterfall bar.
Also notice the custom cement fireplace mantel, and the custom steel stair railing and baby gate.
Andy and Lori Romatzke
2410 W 37th Street
This contemporary style home will feature a traditional Christmas décor plan with different color schemes for each room. You’ll find Christmas trees throughout the home, decorated with meaningful ornaments both new and old.
The Romatzke’s 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom home was built in 2014. Decorated by the homeowners, look for a beautiful nativity scene and a Santa collection.
Rooms of Interest
In the basement, you’ll find a collection of Santas from Lori’s mother, who started the collection when Lori was a child. Also notice the rocking horse that is over 100 years old!
In the entry way, you’ll find a nativity scene from Italy. It was passed down to the Romatzke’s from Lori’s grandmother.
Friday Evening Only
The Williams family will be opening their homes for the Friday evening preview tour only. This home will not be open on Saturday for the main tour. If you’d like
Dr. LaRoy and Angela Williams
2404 W 43rd Street Place
This traditional style home will feature historic and family decorations. Look for a collection of Santa Clauses built around the African American culture, as well as ornaments made by the Williams’ children. With support from Nancy Brass and Drapery Den, view this beautiful home in Lighthouse Point on Friday evening only.
WIN BIG WITH THE HOLIDAY HOME TOUR RAFFLE
HelpCare Clinic has decided to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Home Tour in our community with an opportunity to win big! Purchase a $5 raffle ticket to win one of these great prizes:
$2,500 in Buffalo Bucks
Awarded in 5, $500 increments
Sponsored by: Contemporary OB-GYN, Barney Insurance, Friends of HelpCare Clinic, Midwest Connect LLC, and Oldfather Financial Services LLC.
Giftcards to These Local Establishments
Joy’s Table, Angus Burgers and Shakes, Wynk Boutique, House of Color, Fanci That, Indigo Bungalow, Skeeter Barnes, Zivel Harbor Floats, Super Shine, PepperJax Grill, the Cellar Bar and Grill, Shopping Tripps, Whiskey Creek, and Bow and Arrow Boutique.
Raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 each, or 5 for $20. Purchase your tickets starting November 1 at HelpCare Clinic or from a HelpCare board member. You can also purchase tickets at each home on the tour and at the Friday reception event.
WE APPRECIATE OUR SPONSORS
Glittering Gold Sponsors
Sparkling Silver Sponsors
Hellman, Main, Coslor and Kathol, P.C.
Great Western Bank
Nelson’s Furniture, Inc.
Parker, Grossart, Bahensky, Beucke, Bowman & Symington
US Bank – Kearney Branch
Kearney Realty, LLC
Farmers and Merchants Bank
Fiddelke Heating and A/C Inc.
Yellow Van Cleaning and Restoration
KSO CPA’s + Advisors P.C.
Five Points Bank
Peerless Well Drilling and Repair
Amy Glenn-Trampe State Farm Insurance
A special thanks to major in-kind donor:
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