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Holly Tour returns for 27th year

November 14, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

WESTFIELD - A holiday tradition continues in Westfield with the 27th Holly Tour of homes.

The tour will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 12:30 to 5 p.m., and is sponsored by the Westfield Women's Organization.

Tickets are $10 each and proceeds will benefit local community programs. The ticket includes the tour of homes, which are beautifully decorated for Christmas, light dessert and entertainment at the First Presbyterian Church, S. Portage St.

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This 1883 schoolhouse completely renovated into a charming home is just one of many stops along the Holly Tour scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 18 from 12:30 to 5 p.m.

Stops on the tour include:

Johnson Estate Winery, 8419 West Main Rd., is New York's oldest estate winery. See hand-hewn beams and pillars in the tasting room, some of hemlock and some of cucumber wood harvested from the farm's woods almost 200 years ago.

The Thomas and Lesley Rackowski home, 251 E. Main St., was built in 1950 and parts of the home still have retro decor. Architect Gene Lawson designed the house. This Usonian style home is typical associated with the designs created by Frank Lloyd Wright where they are usually single-story home with open living area and an abundant use of wood and brick.

The Wendy and Joe Santilli home on the outskirts of Westfield, 6710 Barden Rd., is a 1883 schoolhouse completely renovated into a charming home. The home has been decorated to reflect the history of the building using salvaged materials wherever possible.

The Tracy and Linda Bennett home, 10 E. Campbell St., is a two-story home built in 1965. Twin corner cupboards in the dining room and oak hardwood floors in the dining room and living room are original to the home. Keepsakes, collections and a beautiful 12-piece nativity will all be on display.

The Barbara LaPolt home, 309 E. Main St., was built in 1830 by Ruben Wright, Jr. In 1845 it was the Farmers and Drovers Hotel and later became known as the Guild or Seymore house. Barbara LaPolt purchased the house in 2006 and has spent these last few years gutting and restoring this home keeping as many period details as possible including much of the original flooring.

St.Peter's Episcopal Church in Westfield is offering an opportunity to journey through the Labyrnith. The Labyrinth is an experience of walking a sacred path.

The First Presbyterian Church of Westfield, 12 Elm St., is over 200 years old. Here participants will have a chance to relax with a light dessert while listening to talented local musicians. The church's pipe organ will be featured in a music duet.

Holly Tour participants determine the order in which the sites are viewed. Due to occasional long lines, unpredictable weather and treasured collectibles and heirlooms of the homeowners, leave infants and young children in the comfort of their own home. Dress appropriately for the weather. Smoking and picture taking inside the homes is prohibited. Restroom facilities are available at the YWCA, Eason Hall and the Presbyterian Church.

Tickets for the Holly Tour may be purchased from WWO members or in Westfield at the Four Seasons Flower Shop, Westfield Optical, Tallulah's Hair Design and Beth's Parkview Caf. Outside of Westfield, tickets may be purchased at Bag and String Wine Merchants in Lakewood , the Paper Factory and Time Pieces in Fredonia and the Calico Patch in North East, Pa. You may also purchase tickets online at For more information, call 680-1317 or email



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