By SANDY CIUPAK
Special to The Gazette
Many people panic at the thought of getting their homes ready for holiday entertaining. But what about hosting literally hundreds of holiday visitors instead of just a handful of relatives or friends?
For the owners of five Medina-area homes, the stress and preparations are all part of the fun as they get ready to open their doors for the 13th annual YWCA Holiday Home Tour, slated for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7.
Nancy Marquard, whose Forest Meadows home will be on the tour route, isnâ€™t panicking.
â€œI love decorating for Christmas, so this is fun for me,â€ Marquard said.
She spent much of the weekend before Thanksgiving decorating the traditional center hall colonial she shares with husband, Michael, and their family, and she isnâ€™t a bit intimidated by the thought of a multitude of guests. â€œI love to entertain,â€ she said.
Her hostess opportunity is for a good cause: Money raised by the Holiday Home Tour supports the YWCAâ€™s many programs and also helps fund program scholarships for qualifying families and children in the Medina area.
Mary Doermann, volunteer chairwoman of this yearâ€™s tour, has been involved with the event since its beginning. She said she is especially proud of the fact that there have been â€œno repeats in 13 years.â€
Most of the homes are located between Boyertâ€™s Greenhouse, a sponsor of the event, and Reagan Parkway, with one country estate situated in Litchfield Township.
Maps and home descriptions are included in the tour booklet, available on tour day from either Boyertâ€™s at 7171 Wooster Pike, Guilford Township, or the YWCA, 4046 Medina Road, Medina.
For those who buy their tickets before Dec. 7, a hot luncheon at Boyertâ€™s is included in the $25 price. Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the day of the tour, guests will be served lasagna, salad and dessert inside the greenhouse, surrounded by poinsettias.
Doermann recommends avoiding long lunch lines on Dec. 7 by stopping for tour booklets at the YWCA, visiting two or three homes, and then driving to Boyertâ€™s for the luncheon before continuing the tour.
A Boyertâ€™s poinsettia fireside basket and a $50 gift certificate, as well as other holiday items, will be raffled off at the greenhouse.
Tickets are $25 each and are available at the YWCA, Boyertâ€™s, and Primitive Keepings, 2768 Pearl Road, Medina Township. On tour day, tickets and tour books will be available at the YWCA from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., or at Boyertâ€™s, beginning at 11 a.m. Tickets purchased on Dec. 7 do not include the luncheon.
Call the YWCA at 330-722-2020 for more information.
Ciupak may be reached at email@example.com.