The North Bend Eagle


Holiday homes open for scholarships

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 12/7/11

Four area families will open their homes to the public to help the FFA Alumni raise money for student scholarships. The Allgood, Hines, Racek and Vrana families are preparing their homes for the Dec. 11 Christmas tour of holiday homes. The homes will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $7 and are available at the high school, Platte Valley Bank and the day of the tour at Romper Room, 1041 Catalpa Street in North Bend.

Homes open for holiday toursThe home of Sandy, Brian and Brigham Vrana will be on this year's tour of holiday homes.

Tony Allgood describes his wife as a holiday enthusiast. When he and Brenda Allgood were engaged, friends gave her a holiday shower. That got her going, and she’s been adding to her collection every year. Her mother adds to a Christmas village yearly and she has a collection of nativity sets.

“She loves Christmas,” Tony said, “and likes to decorate.”

The Allgood home, located in River Shores, one mile west and one mile south of North Bend, will have every room decorated.

Jeff and Barb Hines built a new home east of Morse Bluff two years ago. Barb describes her decor as very simple. She does have a few holiday collections on display, but one of her most memorable displays is an artificial Christmas tree. The tree with decorations of blue lights, white tinsel and white bows, was given to her by her grandmother, Hilda Moser. The Hines family has put up the tree every year since Hilda gave it to Barb in the early ‘80s.

“I worry about it being a fire hazard,” Barb said, “ but we’ll have the original lights on for the home tour.”

Nadine Racek and her daughter Jerrine got a lot of help in decorating their home two miles south of Morse Bluff on Highway 79. Nieces Jennifer Hart and Candance Pelan came from Denver to help decorate and pay tribute to their late mother, Lorna. Lorna made a lot of wreaths that will be on display throughout the house.

Jerrine said each room pays tribute to family. Nadine just had her kitchen renovated for her baking and wants to share it with others. In the library there is a tree filled with family memories and Jerrine’s music will be playing throughout the house.

Other help is coming from Paul Bauer and Michael Pabian, who are helping with the outdoor decorations. Of special interest outside is the stable made three years ago from wood taken from a building on the Racek homestead.

Brian and Sandy Vrana will be celebrating their first Christmas in their new home five miles west of Morse Bluff and 1/4 mile south of Linwood Road. The Cape Cod style house with a wrap around porch goes back to Sandy’s early years growing up in South Carolina.

They have two trees. The one in the front room is decorated in white, silver and gold and has some of the decorations from their Christmas wedding. The tree in the dining room is colorful and has ornaments Sandy and her daughter, Faith, collected as well as popcorn and cranberries they string.

“Faith would pick out an ornament every year,” Sandy said, “and we always get one on vacations.”

Brian has put lights on every pillar on the porch and has lighted animals in the yard. He has over 3,000 feet of extension cords he lamented, wondering how he will store them after Christmas.

In the basement the Vrana’s have borrowed his father, George’s Christmas village to display.

“The community has been very supportive in the past,” tour chairman Karen Roubal said. “We think we have some really neat houses this year and hope everyone will come out to support the FFA student scholarships.”

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