For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD — The sixth annual Altrusa Holiday Home Tour will be Friday, Dec. 2, from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry or the Everett Roehl Marshfield Public Library until Thursday, Dec. 1, or they can be purchased for $15 at all featured homes the days of the event. All profits are donated to local literacy projects, including Everett Roehl Marshfield Public Library projects and programs.
Featured homes are located at 11650 S. Galvin Ave., M504 Cherry St., 1919 Wildflower Drive, and 8176 Richfield Drive.
M504 Cherry St.
The home of Jim and Carolyn Opitz is a Wisconsin Home built in 2005 in the town of McMillan. It is nestled in the woods on 15 acres with a pond and mainly hardwoods with lots of wildlife and birds.
The home was built with retirement years in mind. The main living area, master bedroom and bath, kitchen, dining room, living room, family room, and laundry room are on the first floor, and there are no steps.
The living room has a vaulted ceiling to house a 12-foot Christmas tree for the holidays along with a 10-foot Norfolk pine that is there year-round. The family room has a smaller tree along with wildlife mounts on the wall provided by the hunter in the family. The plant room décor speaks to the Opitzs’ travels around the world.
8176 Richfield Drive
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Humphrey was built by Simington Construction LLC. It is an insulated concrete form type of construction. All exterior walls were poured into insulated forms on-site. The interior flooring is mostly concrete, which has been stained, polished, and imprinted to a custom design. The ceiling height in the great room is 23 feet. The stone work — interior and exterior — is cultured concrete stones.
Many of the home’s furniture pieces are turn of the century usable antiques.
The front and rear decks are stamped and stained concrete. The rear deck has frost walls sunk to 48 inches to prevent winter heaving. The sunroom was added in 2014.
The home will be decorated in traditional Christmas style with the Humphreys’ collection of special ornaments. There are many small pieces from the German Queen of Christmas, Käthe Wohlfahrt. Others are special family pieces.
11650 S. Galvin Ave.
The home of Connie and Garry Koehler is a ‘70s ranch and is adorned with many original, hand-painted holiday creations. There is also a variety of brightly themed Christmas trees.
1919 Wildflower Drive
The Prairie-style home of Mr. and Mrs. Cleveland was built in 2014 by Gene Hill Construction. The home features an open concept with multiple ceiling heights and finishes, including a coffered ceiling in the main living room, tray ceiling in a basement bedroom, and walnut flooring on the ceiling in the master.
Some other features include dedicated spaces for an exercise room and quilting and craft room as well as a covered patio with stamped concrete, a gas fireplace, and infrared heaters to extend outside enjoyment into the fall.
For Christmas the home is decorated with fabric art and quilted pieces created by the homeowner.