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Six Frankenmuth Homes are Dressed Up for Christmas!

In keeping with Frankenmuth’s Gemuetlichkeit (hospitality) and its year round festive atmosphere, the Frankenmuth’s Women’s Club hosts a Holiday Home Tour 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. the first Saturday of each December. Hundreds of men and women from the immediate community and as far away as out-of-state look forward each year to six exceptional Frankenmuth homes on tour. Ticket holders walk through each home and view the special features as well as its holiday decorating treatments.

 

Frankenmuth Women's Club is proud to host its annual Holiday Home Tour from  10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, December 3, 2016. All are decorated with family treasures that have seen decades of Christmas seasons and each home features a door prize.

Booklet cost is $15.00 in advance of the tour or $20.00 day of tour. Booklets are available in Frankenmuth at the following locations:

  • Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce (989.652.6101)
  • Fenton Home Furnishings (989.652.0800)
  • Frankenmuth Historical Museum (989.652.9701)
  • Frankenmuth James E. Wickson District Library (989.652.8323)
  • Frankenmuth Florist (989.652.8181)

Bookets may be purchased by mail with a $1.25 mailing fee - Call 989.652.9807 or 989.652.8189 to request.

Red Door Raffle

$10 per ticket, only 200 tickets will be sold. Prizes valued at $500. Included: One night's stay for two at Midtown B&B with gourmet breakfast, Fantasy Carriage horse-drawn ride for four, Four-course dinner at the Old Christmas Station Restaurant, St. Julian Wine package, Frankenmuth FunShips River Tour with chocolates and wine tasting, Hand-painted china dish by national award-winning artist Nancy Bain, original Frankenmuth glass ornament.

FROM TOP TO BOTTOM:

Jim & Kathy Haney Home | 9580 E Townline Road
Jim and Kathy Haney's home looks like an old English cottage, but it was built in 2003. It features an open floor plan in the living room and kitchen for easy entertaining. A dining room, office and master bedroom complete the first floor.

The lower level, a replicated log cabin, built by Jim, also includes a cozy wood burning stove. An awe inspiring “barn” awaits you near the house. It is sided with 100 year old barn wood from the original structure which stood on the property when it was purchased. Jim will be on hand to show you his “workshop/museum” of antique tools and beer paraphernalia, but it is a working wood shop. Be sure to notice the 1945 Harley Davidson motorcycle displayed near the entrance.

Diane Scharrer Home | 360 S Franklin St
This house, built in 1910, was thoroughly modernized a hundred years later to become Diane Scharrer's home and the Midtown Bed & Breakfast. Her love of interior design is evident the minute you step into her luxuriously appointed home.

Her living, dining and kitchen areas are part of an open floor plan with various ceiling details to differentiate between them. In addition to guest bedrooms on the second floor, her recent renovation took place in the lower level to become a multi-use suite for more guests. Diane displays her holiday treasures throughout her home. This is the second time her home has been featured on the Holiday Home Tour.

Gary and Gay Scharrer | 352 S Franklin Street
Gary and Gay loved the original 20th century farm-style house of their newly purchased house but realized structural limitations prevented major remodeling.

They decided to start new construction while maintaining the charming exterior since their location is in the historic district of Frankenmuth. Step inside this 21st century modern home to see the dining room which leads into the heart of the home where two black columns, original to the former house, separates the kitchen from the family room. In the upper level are two en suite bedrooms, a media room and a small kitchenette/bar area. The lower level houses a kitchen/bar, an en suite guest room, Gary's home office and is outfitted with a large screen television.

Grandpa Tiny's Farm | 7775 Weiss Street
Built around 1900, the house was originally located on Townline Road in Birch Run Township and was donated by the Eischer family who wished to be part of William "Tiny" Zehnder's plan to build an authentic turn of the century working farm. It was moved to its present site in 1997. This fully furnished house features a back entry, kitchen, dining room, pantry, living room, parlor and closet on the first floor and 2 bedrooms and a closet on the second floor. The kitchen has a pitcher pump and a wood burning stove. Beth Kaul decorated the Christmas tree adorned with simple decorations reminiscent of the depression era. Joanmarie Weiss will share the history of Christmas during the 1930's.

Chuck & Judy Nemec | 619 W Tuscola Street
Built in 1959-60 for Elmer Fischer, one of the original co-owners of the Fischer Hotel (now The Bavarian Inn) in downtown Frankenmuth, the house is situated on over 3 acres of land in the city limits, with views of the completed Cass River Fish Passage. Every family who has lived in this beautiful home has brought something special to it and the Nemec family continues that tradition. Previous owners installed the antique fireplace mantel and surround, brought in from a mansion in southern Michigan. The pink bathroom is original to the house, but in a nod to the 21st century, Chuck and Judy remodeled the second floor bathroom in true grandeur. Nemec family history continues to all the bedrooms on the second floor.

JoAnn Crary | 8 Trillium Court
This is the second time the house has been featured on the Frankenmuth Women's Club Holiday Home Tour, but current owner JoAnn Crary has uniquely made it her own since 2013. Her special touches are evident as soon as you step on the front porch of her two story home. She had doors and a portion of a wall removed to create a more open floor plan between the kitchen and family room, which features a wood burning fireplace. The island in the kitchen is bar height to encourage lingering.

For a number of years JoAnn has served on a national board based in Washington D.C., and receives the annual White House ornament as a gift for her service. The ornaments are displayed in her home office.