Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories featured on the 2010 Christmas Tour of Homes being held Sunday.
By GWEN SISSON
This year, decorating for Christmas is all about delighting the sweet one, 20 month old granddaughter, Nita Hardin.
Bright colors, Santa and reindeer, and toys throughout the home are on display for Nita to see and enjoy.
Carey and Bonnie Hardin’s home at 501 Canturbury Road will be one of the stops on Sunday’s 2010 Christmas Tour of Homes sponsored by the Starkville Civic League.
Bonnie Hardin’s take on Christmas decorating is steeped in family. Family photos are in beautiful frames along with favorite ornaments on the more formal tree in the great room.
A “family” tree with all of the handmade ornaments created and saved over the years is featured in the den. Reindeer and Christmas bells made from construction paper at school, share space with dozens of other ornaments representing special memories and people.
The Hardin Home will be one of four homes in the Sherwood Forrest Subdivision of Starkville that will be open for tours Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets cost $20 each and are available today at the Book Mart and Cafe and Montgomery Jewelers in downtown Starkville, and sold by any member of the Starkville Civic League.
There will be refreshments available for Christmas Tour ticket holders on Sunday from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at the Starkville Public Library. Tickets for the Christmas Tour of Homes will be available Sunday at the library.
The Starkville Civic League has hosted the Christmas Tour of Homes event since 2003 as a fundraiser for the organization.
The proceeds from the Tour of Homes event helps to fund a wide variety of community projects sponsored by the Starkville Civic League.
For more information about the Christmas Tour of Homes, contact Genevieve Swartzberg at 323-5877.
Some of the community projects the Tour of Homes event helped to finance this past year includes:
• Providing a $1,500 scholarship to local high school graduate.
• Adopting two elementary school classes presented each teacher $200 to purchase items not typically included in the school budget.
• Providing tutoring for class members, provided refreshments for special occasions, and school supply gifts at Christmas with each child receiving a book as a Christmas gift.
• Supporting the Starkville Public Library where books were purchased monthly in honor of program leaders for Civic League meetings.
• Supporting the Starkville Cemetery Association in its effort to rehabilitate and maintain Odd Fellows Cemetery. Purchased and erected the urns at the University Drive entrance gates; planted trees in the cemetery and landscaped the entrances; and provided volunteer assistance for restoration of grave markers.
• Participating and assisting in thecommunity recycling program.
• Sponsoring monthly bingo for residents at Starkville Manor Nursing Home and provided small prizes for all participants.
• A $500 donation to the Catch a Dream Foundation.
• A financial contribution to Claire’s Bears.
• Contributing items for the “Friendship House Garage Give-Away” at Mississippi State University;
• A financial contribution to Habitat for Humanity and provided lunches for volunteer workers.
• A financial l contribution to Palmer Home as a memorial for Mrs. Ruth
Camp, founder of the SCL, and purchased the Palmer Home Cookbooks to assist with their fund-raising project.
• Contributing $6,000 toward purchase of the downtown clock on Main Street at Lafayette Street.
• Contributing a combined total of $2,500 to the Oktibbeha County Hospital (for purchase of large planters for front entrance to hospital building) and to the Heritage Museum (for purchase of needed display cabinets).
• Providing military family support by sending cards to deployed, packing boxes of goodies; and provided funds at Starkville Daily News Office to assist with shipping.
• Providing stuffed toys to the Starkville Police and Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Departments when needed to give to children in domestic violent situations;
• Providing Valentine treats for Departments of Starkville Fire, Police, Oktibbeha County Sheriff, National Guard Armory, and Starkville Daily News.
• Purchasing 18 decorative Christmas banners (approximately $2,000) for downtown (Main Street) for Christmas decorations to add to the beautification of the City of Starkville;
• Providing Walmart gift cards and cash donations to a family that lost everything in the Crossgates Apartments fire.