Holly Trail offers peek inside homes at holidays

PARKERSBURG — People got to see how others decorate for the holiday season during the 49th Annual Holly Trail Tour of Homes.

The GFWC Parkersburg Woman’s Club hosts the annual event, which this year featured five homes and one church open for the tour in Parkersburg and Vienna.

The event has people who decorate their homes and have people coming through to tour to see how they have decorated.

“It is the pleasure of people in the community who open their homes, decorate their homes and who share in the Christmas spirit,” said clubmember Sharon Niday.

The Holly Trail stops this year included: Cody and Allie Alfred, 1212 Washington Ave., Parkersburg; Joey Boggess, 1315 Washington Ave., Parkersburg; Randy and Kelita Deems, 2004 19th St., Parkersburg; Sarah Witte, 3400 Foley Dr., Parkersburg; Jim and Jo Sams, 210 36th St., Vienna; and Christ United Methodist Church at 16th and St. Marys Avenue, Parkersburg.

Refreshments were served throughout the day at Parkersburg Women’s Club at 323 9th St., Parkersburg.

“This is essentially one of the big fundraisers for our club,” Niday said. “We are a charity organization and this is a big deal for us.”

Money from the tour goes towards scholarships and different projects the club does around the community, including Brown Bag to help feed kids at local schools, making Buddy Benches at schools, arts and more.

“We work on many projects,” Niday said.

Mild temperatures and good conditions throughout Sunday afternoon contributed to a large turnout, organizers said.

Parkersburg Woman’s Club Chair Judy Wilson said they try to include homes on the tour that really stand out and are historic.

“People are always curious to see what these homes look like,” she said. “They love to see how people decorate.

“Each house is different.”

Visitors see things the homeowner made themselves or things people have collected or have had passed down through the generations, Wilson said.

“It is a wide variety,” she said. “This truly is a fun project.”

Ralph and Mary Brown, of Athens, Ohio, were invited by family to come and take the tour again, having come on last year’s tour.

“We enjoyed it last year and we are here again this year,” Mary said. “The homes are really beautiful.

“The time they put into it is really something.”

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