WARREN — The GFWC Warren Women’s Club’s 23rd annual Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes Sunday afternoon will feature the John Lipton home, the Mike Bigham home, the Paul Limoges home, and the Bradley County Historical Museum. The tour begins at 2 p.m. and ends at 6 p.m. The following is Roxie Wright’s description of the homes:
Chateau Santé– Dr. and Mrs. David Chambers own this beautiful facility and have leased it to Paul and Tammie Sayle Limoges, who own Chateau Santé. The beautiful home has been recently renovated so that now it is not only a residence, but also a center for special events, retreats, and a teen summer camp. The castle-like structure, designed by Mr. Sid Hartman, was built in 1985-86 by Mr. Joe Ralph Thompson of Pansy. The facility boasts 12,000 sq. ft. of living space, including a regulation racquetball court, weight and cardio room, sauna, and a 25-meter-long outdoor pool. The home sits on 105 acres surrounded by gorgeous hardwood and pine trees. For the tour, twelve Christmas trees will be showcased, ranging from 2 ft. to 16 ft. tall. Eight of Santa’s elves will be available to give tours of the facility and Paul and Tammie will be on site serving refreshments. The home is located at 431 Bradley 23.
Mike Bigham home– The Mike Bigham home will feature the pool/guest house, which was designed by Judy and built in 2009 by Jason Pennington. The pool/guest house is a warm and welcoming retreat for family and friends. Nestled in the Bigham’s wooded back yard on Bradley Road 23, the modified French-Acadian cottage features a striking pyramidal roof and wrap-around porch. It evokes mental images of bayous and river bottoms and a lifestyle that is simple and serene. The interior of the house is a bright open space defined by a soaring vaulted ceiling and a faux-painted, scored concrete floor. The sleekly modern and functional interior includes a complete kitchen and a small but stylish bathroom. It is esthetically highlighted by original works of art and a beautiful custom-made platform bed created by Keith Chambers of Bradley Brand Furniture. Built to enhance the Bigham’s enjoyment of their pool, the pool house is a house for all seasons, and it has been lovingly decorated this season for Christmas visitors. The home is located at 201 Bradley 23.
John Lipton home– The Lipton home is the house where John grew up. Built before he was born, the house has been enlarged several times to accommodate John and JeNelle’s growing family. The sprawling home will be filled with Christmas décor collected over 50 years of marriage. The home will feature ten decorated Christmas trees filled with ornaments collected by JeNelle through the years. Many of the vintage ornaments were gifts, some handmade, some collected on vacations, and some are reminders of special people. The living room tree will be decorated with crystal ornaments while the tree in the den will feature a variety of ornaments representing friends, family and events. Frosted fruit will adorn the tree in the family kitchen, which will also feature a Christmas village. The master bedroom tree will hold White House ornaments and the upstairs tree will be decorated with toy cars, trucks and trains. Other trees in the home will feature Barbie dolls, doll houses, birds, and hunting & fishing. The beautiful home will be filled with Christmas garland, wreaths, angels, Nativities and Santas. Christmas is a special time for the Lipton family and they are looking forward to sharing their home and hospitality with the community. The home is located at 108 South Walnut Street.
Bradley County Historical Museum– Ready for the Christmas season, the Bradley County Historical Museum will be adorned with period garlands and bows. Old-fashioned decorations will be used throughout the museum, which will feature a Nativity exhibit and Festival of Wreaths. Local citizens have provided artistic representations of the birth of Jesus Christ from around the world to be showcased for the Nativity exhibit. The Festival of Wreaths will include over 25 donated wreaths, which will include traditional Christmas designs along with other seasonal wreaths. The beautiful creations will also be available for purchase to the highest bidder. The museum is located at 200 Ash Street.
Tickets for the Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes may be purchased from Warren Woman’s Club members or at the homes on the day of the tour. Admission is $9 pre-sale or $10 at the door. For more information, contact Joen Bryant at 226-2426 or Glenda Cross at 226-5758. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Bradley County Historical Museum.