Christmas Tour of Homes

Published 9:13 am Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Senne home.

The 2010 Christmas Tour of Homes hosted by the Glenville-Emmons Post Prom Committee will be from 1 to 5 p.m., Dec. 5. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Addie’s Floral & Gifts, Ben’s Floral & Frame, Certified Travel, Doyle’s Hallmark and Sterling Drug in Albert Lea or at Garden Diva Design Studios in Hayward. Tickets can be purchased in Glenville at Mainstreet Hair, Short Stop or Citizens State Bank or at each home the day of the tour. The homes are as follows:

Bruce and Beth Atz — 484 3rd Ave. NW, Glenville

The Atz home.

Glenville’s newest residents invite everyone to visit their 10-year-old home that is a “work in progress.” The open concept floorplan allows for easy entertaining with access to a large deck overlooking the woods and marsh below. The new butler’s pantry houses Beth’s large collection of cooking equipment while providing an auxiliary cleanup area.

The house is furnished with a mix of modern and heirloom furniture, as well as the bedroom set handcrafted by Bruce’s father as a wedding gift. A table made from a wagon wheel used on the Atz farm in the early 1900s and a large wooden clock in the shape of a wristwatch are truly unique. Heirloom pieces include the rocking chair Beth’s great-grandmother brought from Sweden in 1885 and a wedding ring quilt made from 1930s fabric.

The English cottage-inspired guest bedroom makes guests want to snuggle up with a good book in the overstuffed chair or take a nap on the big pine bed covered with a crocheted bedspread. The family room on the lower level has one purpose: comfort.

Gregg and Brenda Koch — 11960 860th Ave., Glenville

The Koch home.

The Kochs have lived in their home for 19 years. In 1997 they made an addition to their three-level farm house. It has a wrap-around deck and a see-through fireplace to the kitchen and family room. It’s a great home for entertaining.

Dennis and Terri Nelson —11859 755th Ave., Glenville

This log cabin, owned by the Nelsons, was built in 1858 by Norwegian immigrants Tosten Narveson Hagen and his wife, Guri. The Hagens had six children and lived in this home for about 50 years.

The Nelson home.

Tosten was a soldier in the Civil War, and he and Guri are buried in the Round Prairie Lutheran Church Cemetery, along with an infant child.

The cabin is still sitting on its original foundation, was restored in 2005 and is currently operating as a bed and breakfast.

Roland and Rebecca Senne — 84676 140th St., Glenville

If you like the woodsy feeling, you’ll enjoy this home. Built in 2008 by a local contractor, Andy Houg, this home has an up north theme throughout the main floor. You can find yourself sitting in the living room gazing at a Terry Redlin mural “Evening Solitude.” In the kitchen, you will find custom hickory cabinets with granite countertops and a large island surrounding a 20-foot log post.

The master bedroom continues the northern theme with a log bed and moose lighting. If you like moose, bear and fish, you’ll enjoy this home’s three bathrooms.

In the basement, you will find a large carpeted family room, also a spare bedroom and an office and the fish-themed bathroom.

They invite you to venture up north with them and check out their Disney Christmas decor. Disney characters will guide guests up the open staircase to the loft that has a bear log-bed and reading area that overlooks a 23-foot stone fireplace with log mantel.

The home sits on five acres of wooded trees and has cement board siding with an L-shaped deck with log posts.

Ross and Ruth Ann Severtson — 21091 816th Ave., Hayward

The Severtson home.

This 97-year-old home is just east of the Hayward corner and sits on seven acres. The home has 11 rooms on the first and second floor. Since the home was on the tour in 2002, six rooms have been redecorated.

This is a festive time for the Severtsons with 24 Christmas trees in their home.

Each room has a theme: French country kitchen, French provincial dining room, leather study family room with Golden Lab decor, a three-season flowery decor porch, English ivy bedroom, art deco bathroom, wildlife bedroom, peace bedroom and an up north-themed bathroom. They invite you to come and enjoy the season.