By Nicole Montesano • Staff Writer • 

Tour features five residences

Marcus Larson/News-Register

The 25th annual Wine Country Holiday Home Tour organized by the Soroptimist International Club of McMinnville will feature five local homes, in addition to an open house and silent auction, on Sunday, Dec. 8.

Tickets for the tour are $20, or $15 for those 62 and older, and include admission to both the tour and the open house and silent auction. They may be purchased at Oregon Stationers, Kathleen’s Hallmark and the News-Register in McMinnville.

The self-guided tour will be open from noon to 4 p.m.

From 2 to 6 p.m., the historic Bayou Mansion, operated by owners Greg and Irmi Brown, will be open, offering live music, refreshments provided by Harvest Fresh, a no-host wine bar provided by Vertical Wine and Beer of McMinnville, and a silent auction. Bidding will close at 5 p.m.

All proceeds will be used to benefit the Soroptimists’ scholarship awards to help women and girls, along with service projects that include domestic violence prevention, human trafficking awareness and prevention, and the hands and words are not for hurting project.

The homes to be featured are:

  • Anne and Jobe Nash: 938 N.E. Harold Court, off Baker Creek Road and Alice Kelley Court in a quiet cul-de-sac. A large, beautiful, newer home with two levels. Anne loves decorating, and their three young daughters enjoy the holidays and have their own small Christmas trees in their rooms.
  • Alan and Gina Amerson: 2270 West Wind Drive; off of North Hill Road south of Baker Creek Road, in the large new West Wind subdivision of 1-plus acre parcels. The home is a large custom-built Northwest lodge-style Craftsman, mostly on one level to accommodate Alan’s wheelchair. It has a spacious floor plan and wide doorways. One unique attraction is Alan’s huge garage, which he refers to as the “Garage Mahal.” It’s his favorite room of the house, and even has its own Christmas tree.
  • ‘The Apperson Home’ (the former Day family home): 609 N.E. Cowls St. Tenants Caroline and Al O’Brien love Christmas. This home was built in 1887 by one of McMinnville’s earliest bankers, and was on the very first Holiday Tour of Homes in 1988 — 25 years ago.
  • Fred and Renee Vorm: 935 N.E. Cowls St. This gracious three-level home was built in 1926 by Harper Jamison. It has many original features. An added treat is the second home in the backyard — a small A-frame built in the 1970s. It’s currently the home of Renee’s mother and will be open for the tour.
  • Laura and Brian Little: 2019 N.E. Coburn Drive, off Grandhaven St. This is a newer, smaller home, with highlights including family mementos and a nice floor plan.
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