Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

December 1, 2013

Highlands Museum and Discovery Center's Christmas Tour of homes

Part 2: Wheeler, Highlands, Hanni-J Ryan

Lee Ward
The Independent

ASHLAND — The Ladies of the Highlands 2013 Christmas Tour of Homes includes the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center, as well as a business and four private homes exhibiting holiday décor that reflects the style of the structures and the taste of the owners.

Highlands Museum

and Discovery Center

1620 Winchester Ave.

When the Boyd County Extension Homemakers were asked to decorate the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center for the annual home tour, they didn’t hesitate.

Kathy King, president of the county organization, said they were asked in the spring if they could do it.

“We said, ‘Sure, that sounds like it would be fun,’” she said. “There was no budget and they had a few ornaments and the trees, so we started making ornaments.”

Ann Wiseman, a member of the Ladies of the Highlands and president of Summit Homemakers, agreed.

“We’ve never done anything like this and it seemed like a good opportunity to get our name out there in the public and we’re having a great lot of fun,” Wiseman said.

King said all of the nine homemakers groups in Boyd County participated and a few non-members pitched in, attending workshops during which they made ornaments. More than 100 women worked to get the museum in a holiday mood.

Each homemakers group chose a theme for a tree their group would decorate; one bigger tree bears ornaments contributed by all the groups.

Early in November, the homemakers converged on the museum to assemble and decorate trees for four days. They also are responsible for the wreaths and garland throughout the building.

“The museum told us they liked red and white for colors,” King said. “Otherwise, they just took off.”

Trees will contain markers showing which group decorated which tree.

The museum’s gift shop will be open, featuring a few special holiday items such as Ester Price candies and gift baskets including Kentucky made soaps and lotions and other local, handmade items, Sheila Price, volunteer gift shop coordinator, said.

Richard and Janice Wheeler

1600 Central/500 16th St.

Many know the Timothy Fields House as the former location of Carl’s House of Style, a hair salon.

The house, built in 1895 by the co-owner of Crump and Field Grocery, a wholesale food distributor, was originally located at the corner of Winchester and 17 Street. The brick house, inspired by the designs of English architect Richard Norman Shaw, was moved in 1919 to Central Avenue and 16th Street using more than 100 mules. The only major modification to the house was a brick and stone porch added after the move.

For the tour, the Wheelers have a 12-foot Christmas tree in the hall against a backdrop of a winding staircase and stained glass windows.



Hanni- J. Ryan

Insurance

508 16th St.

It’s all about friends at this tour location, which houses business of Mark and Kelly Hanni.

“My friends July Runyon and Jennifer Runyon decorated the office,” Mrs. Hanni said. “Several other friends came together to help us, too.”

Friends have loaned the Hannis some of their collections to display. For instance, Sharon Brown’s 125 Santas can be seen here. Debbie Frazier’s angels are on exhibit, too, and there are Nativities from Pam Estep and Juda Lewis. She also has used dahlias grown by Judy Fannin, whose house also is on the tour.

Visitors can expect to see live greenery at this house, much of which comes from Mrs. Hanni’s parents’ farm.

The decor of the last room of the house is a recreation of the Hanni’s daughter’s wedding, which occurred this fall.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.