50th annual Holly Trail Tour of Homes

From staff reports

The GFWC Parkersburg Woman’s Club will hold its 50th annual Holly Trail Tour of Homes on Saturday and Sunday with several homes in Parkersburg and one in Vienna.

In celebration of the “golden tour,” this year’s program features the addition of evening tour from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday followed by the traditional tour from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at Crown Florals in Parkersburg or at any stop on the tour. Ticketholders can visit all of the homes on either day, or split the visits between both days.

Each of the homes on this year’s anniversary tour have been featured on the Holly Trail tour in previous years.

The homes on the tour include: Francesca and Michael Kunk, 1701 Washington Ave., Parkersburg; Michelle and Keith McClung, 1433 22nd St., Parkersburg; Charlotte and Randy Modesitt, 1703 Park Ave., Parkersburg; Mary McDonough Riccobene, 378 Ridge Road, Parkersburg; Tara and Troy Nelson, 1355 Market St., Parkersburg; Kim and Ray Blackburn, 2000 Washington Ave., Parkersburg; Donna and Mark McKinnis, 39 Wyndemere Drive, Vienna; and Judith and Norman Smith, 1024 Juliana St., Parkersburg.

The Parkersburg Woman’s Clubhouse at 323 Ninth St. in downtown Parkersburg will also be open during the tour and complementary refreshments will be available.

Holly Trail is a fundraiser for the nonprofit General Federation of West Virginia Parkersburg Woman’s Club, which currently has 110 members working to make a difference through volunteering.

Some current projects include: awarding scholarships to local high school senior girls; establishing Free Little Libraries in the area in an educational collaboration with design and construction classes at Parkersburg High School; accessing nursing homes with arts, conservation, gifts programs; sponsoring art education through community art shows with awards; community events for veterans, firefighters and police; sponsor Leadership Camps such as Girl State; and others.

For the tour each location will have a House Hostess to direct and assist during the tour, shoe “booties” have been donated to protect the homes and add additional safety. Parkersburg High School Key Club members are volunteering to help at each location,

The club’s tour committee members are chairman Judy Parrish, along with Linda Walker, Sarah Jalbert, Barbara Sullivan, Sharon Niday, Jenny Blair, Jan Davis and Jayne Whitlow. The House Hostess members are Jane Hardman, Marty Booth, Joberta White, Sharon Sheridan, Patty Miser, Donna Gault, Toni Stidham and Parrish.

Members of the Parkersburg Key Club members, sponsored by Mary Blaker, will be assisting at the homes as a collaboration on learning to volunteer in the community.