Christmas Rocks House Tour showcases eight homes in area

The Harriston Curling Club’s  3rd Annual Christmas House Tour, will once again be held on the first Sat in December (Dec. 4). This year’s tour will be returning to the original format of 1-7 p.m. so that participants enjoy the night lights as well.
There are eight stops on this year’s tour, following a simple route. From Wellington County Road 109 (former hwy 9) from Teviotdale to Greenbush with several stops in the town of Harriston.
In Teviotdale area the tour features Brad and Shannon South’s 130-year-old home which they have been restoring since they purchased it in 1996. It was once part of “Douglas Corners” a popular stagecoach stop at the turn of the century. Shannon is quite proud of her new kitchen, remodeled in 2009.
Heading north along 109 the tour stops at at Helmuth and Helga Seebach’s beautifully remodeled home (built by Jack and Jessie Ross). Helga likes to mix modern and traditional decorations along with some from their German heritage.
From there you will stop at the home of Robert and Joan Ivel where you can see Joan’s - The Brides Dream and creative decorating talents in her own home. Robert and Joan built their two-storey home 20 years ago and incorporated The Brides Dream a few years later. Joan is a professional decorator in the wedding field and loves to do her home too!
The Anglican Church, the oldest church building in the town of Harriston, is opening their doors for all to see their festive sanctuary. They had their first service on Christmas Eve 1870. Vistors will see how this historical building shines during the holiday season. The church ladies also will be having their Annual Christmas lunch and bake sale next door in their parish hall.
Mike and Judy Harris own a stately two-story stone house with a turret, porches and deck/gazebo, at the end of Margaret Street. They are proudly opening their new home, decorated for a family Christmas, for viewing.
Bud and Shirley Dodds are busy preparing for their second Christmas Tour in their home. Since their last tour they have added a new family room along with many other upgrades.
Glen and Corrine Bell, newer residents to Harriston, have agreed to open their newly renovated home. Many local residents will know this house as Bud Blakeslee’s long-time home. They have added an addition to double the size and they love to celebrate the seasons.
The last stop on the tour is a unique one! Rick and Joan Fisk have graciously agreed to offer tours of the “Viewing Room” of their splendid training stables. Joan and daughter Jodi train and board award winning American Standards and Hackney Ponies. Their lounge, for the comfort of their clients, is a beautiful oasis complete with bar, kitchen and large glass panes overlooking the riding ring.  Joan already had a 10-foot tree waiting for decorations. They will be working horses the day of the tour so visitors are asked to respect their work while enjoying the view from the lounge.
The Harriston Curling Club has been assisted in the past by volunteer high school students helping home owners the day of the tour. Students, in return, get some hours for their student service requirement for graduation. If you know of any students interested in volunteering please give Sheila a call at 519 338-3433.
Tickets will once again be $12 for the day and include complimentary wine and cheese at the Harriston Curling Lounge throughout the tour. Tickets will a map of the self guided tour, which will be marked at each home. Participants can do the tour in any order at any time from 1-7 on December 4.
Tickets can be purchased at Harriston Home Hardware or Leslie Motors prior to December 4 or by calling Sheila Grein 519 338-3433 or Lindsay Hogg 519 338-2977. They can also be purchased at the curling club after noon on the day
of the tour.
“We would very much like to thank our “Home Owners” from the previous 2 years for making this such a fun and successful fundraiser for the Club,” said tour co-ordinator Sheila Grein, who also thanked this year’s hosts for opening their homes and showing their love for the season to All.
A turret is a striking feature of the home of Mike and Judy Harris. Patrick Raftis photo
Robert and Joan Ivel's country residence. Patrick Raftis photo
Anglican Church in Harriston.
Bud and Shirley Dodds home.