What better way to spend a cold, Saturday afternoon than to visit five heartwarming homes and finish it off with a dessert.
The first annual Tour of Homes in the Newell area 1-4 p.m. Saturday will have that, and more. The tour will benefit the Newell Achievers 4-H Club.
According to Deb Overgaard, one of the Achievers' leaders, tour participants may pay $10 for the tour at Nain Lutheran Church at 441 W. Jensen in Newell or get tickets from any Newell Achievers 4-H leader. In addition to visiting four area homes and the Allee Mansion south of Newell, tour-goers will be treated to a dessert luncheon and bake sale following the tour.
Overgaard said there is no set agenda for the tour. Participants may visit any of the four homes and Allee Mansion in any order that they wish.
Homes on the tour include the Craig and Dana Davis residence at 498 W. Jensen, the Jennifer and Geoff Smith residence at 421 W. Jensen, the Dave and Jan Kier residence at 414 N. Fulton St., the Jeff and Polly Wolterman residence at 112 S. Franklin St., and the Allee Mansion at 2030 640th St. just south of Newell.
Visitors will be treated to "four beautifully decorated homes," Overgaard said.
The Davis home is of newer construction while the Wolterman and Smith homes are older vintage homes while the Kier residence is an updated ranch, Overgaard said.
Due to the the tour this year, the annual Dance Around the Tree will not be held on Sunday, according to Marilyn Monson of the Newell Historical Society and curator of the Allee Mansion. That event, a long-standing Danish tradition, is typically held the evening following vespers services the first Sunday in December. The Dance Around the Tree tradition will continue again next year, Monson said.