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The 22nd Annual Wimberley Community Civic Club Home Tour - Featuring the Foehner, Merkord, Weir, Welch, Jones and White Homes

Sponsored by the Wimberley Community Civic Club, the 2009 Hill Country Homes Tour for the Holidays was Friday & Saturday, November 20th and 21st from 10 AM to 5 PM. Six unique homes were featured.

The Wimberley Community Civic Club again selected six beautiful homes to showcase for the 2009 Holiday Home Tour on Friday and Saturday, November 20th and 21st. The club has provided the public with a look at some of the most outstanding homes in the Wimberley Valley since 1987, each decorated for the holiday season. 2009 marks the 22nd anniversary of the event.

New to the tour for 2009 was a Bistro located at the Winters-Wimberley House., open from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM serving a half-sandwich with a cup of soup, cookie, and drink for $7.

The Civic Club dispersed $35,500 to 25 organizations and 10 graduating high school seniors in 2009 from club efforts with the Home Tour and Hobby Lobby.

The original idea for the Home Tour came from club member, Sallie Arbogast, who was the club's first vice president. As the board discussed fundraisers, Sallie recalled how much she had always enjoyed the Home and Garden tours in Houston when she had lived there and participated in the Junior League and Garden Club. "The Civic Club did such wonderful work for the community, I was glad to start this new project. We had four homes the first year and I tried to present a variety - one in the hills, one in the country, one on the river and one with a terrific view. It was held in May and was very successful." Sallie's own home in Paradise Hills was on that first tour, along with the Smullen, Duffie and Foster homes.

For more information about the annual Home Tour, visit the Civic Club page.


Jim and Viola Foehner Purchased Home at First Sight

After living in Austin for 35 years, Jim Foehner always wanted to live in the Hill Country. He had always looked at different properties in the Hill Country, but never openly suggested to Viola that he wanted to move here. Jim surprised her with the idea in April 2007. Jim wanted a hilltop home with a decent view and this home fit the bill because of the hilltop location. They were into their new home by June 2007. Viola was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Hill Country reminds her of home.

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Emily and Brandon Merkord, Casual Lifestyle with a Stylish Flair

This 1700 square-foot home is packed with style and flair yet remains family friendly. An interior designer by profession, Emily Merkord's talent and creative touches can be seen throughout the entire home. Handmade window treatments, bed linens, and furniture slip coverings (made from painters' drop cloths) reveal the talent and resourcefulness of the homeowner. The home will be decorated for the holidays; each room will be done in its own theme and there will be Christmas trees galore. Can you guess how many Christmas trees are in the home?

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Decorated with Themed Rooms, the Ron and Gayle Weir Home

Nestled in a grove of oak trees on a cul-de-sac in the Eagle Rock section of Woodcreek is the home of Ron and Gayle Weir. The Weirs retired 4 1/2 years ago and moved from the Sugarland area into the house that belonged to Gayle's parents, Cliff and Helen Stephenson. They built the home in 1978 when they retired and moved from Corpus Christi. Her parents had both been raised in San Marcos and loved this part of the hill country. Since 2004 when Gayle's mother decided to move back to San Marcos, Gayle and Ron have been remodeling the home to meet their needs by adding a master bath and dressing room, a studio, utility room and a covered deck area.

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The Home of Gary and Brenda Welch Combines Love for Outdoors With Art

After spending the weekend with friends in Wimberley the Welches fell in love with the area. "This is where we want to live" Gary and Brenda Welch told each other six and half years ago as they drove through a small neighborhood with hidden homes outside of Wimberley. A year after purchasing their lot in Wimberley Ranch Estates they began building their custom home. The Welches incorporated some universal features to accommodate a wheelchair in their home as one of their best friends was confined to a wheelchair. One of those features is a five foot wide hall that goes the length of the front of the home.

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Jana White's Woodcreek Home Shows How To Blend a Lifetime of Treasures

Backing up to the golf course on a main road in Woodcreek is the home of Jana White. Jana purchased the home in 1981 and recently remodeled and expanded the home. She first started coming to Wimberley in 1954 with her grandparents and moved to Wimberley in 1975. Jana worked with design consultant Eric Quinn and specialty painters Denice Calley and Tamara Arnold during the remodel and expansion completed in 2008. Both Eric and Denice will be at the home during the tour.

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Country meets Elegance in Custom Home Builder's Home

Tucked back in the trees Mike and Jan Jones created a home that Jan wanted to fit into the hill country setting. The home's front porch gives the home the rustic feel with the wood and cedar trim. As you step into the home you notice the elegant touches and rich colors of the home. A summer visit to Wimberley 16 years ago was all it took for the Joneses to fall in love with Wimberley and the property they now call home.

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