On Sunday, Nov. 24 from 12:30 to 5 p.m., the Westfield Women's Organization will have its 28th Holly Tour. Five lovely homes and The Grape Discovery Center will be featured. The Grape Discovery Center opened in May of 2013 and represents the Lake Erie Grape Belt that is the oldest and largest concord grape-growing region in the world. Guests are invited to taste wines from various wineries throughout the Lake Erie Wine Country and explore the variety of grape items for purchase in the gift shop.
The home of David and Holly Momberger was built in the mid-1800s in the Victorian Italianate style with comfy porches and attention to exterior styling. The wood shutters that adorn all of the windows in the home, the rich woodwork and high ceilings throughout, the double-sided china cabinet and butler's pantry are original to the house.
The Mack house on North Portage is a beautifully decorated brick home built around 1821. The front parlor, living room and dining room all have fireplaces with hand-carved, imported Italian marble mantles. Elaborate chandeliers are found on both floors. On the second floor are six bedrooms with beautiful fabrics and wall coverings to accent the Victorian furniture. This is a large home with any rooms.
At left is the Lakeside Bed and Breakfast and at right is the Momberger house. Both of these homes, along with three others, will be featured in the Westfield Holly Tour Sunday.
Pictured from the top are the Mack house, the Somers-Boisjoly house and the Cockram house. The houses will be on display in the Holly Tour Sunday.
Russell and Carol Somers are the owners of the Victorian Italianate brick villa built in 1860. It sits on three and one-half acres, complete with a fresh water pond. As you enter the front door, you will notice the curved mahogany front doors and staircase. Fourteen foot-high ceilings, a large chandelier, original double window shutters, an ornate bay window and a ceiling medallion reflect the Victorian influence in this home.
The Steve and Karin Cockram home is a classic Arts and Crafts-style Bungalow of the early 1900s. This one-and-one-half story house has stucco siding, a large covered porch and deep overhanging eaves that are distinct characteristics of a true Arts and Crafts Bungalow. The interior has beautiful oak and maple woodwork and open-beamed ceilings. Mrs. Cockram's collection of over 400 angels five continents and representing every ethnic group will be on display.
The Lakeside Bed and Breakfast is at the entrance to Barcelona Harbor. Guests are asked to park across the road at the Daniel Reid Pier and carefully cross Route 20 to tour the home. The home's history dates back to 1830 when it was built by Charles and Emily Tupper on land that was purchased from the Holland Land Company. Owners and innkeepers, Rodger and Lesley Hazen have made numerous updates to the home, but always with an eye cast to preserving the past. The home's structure most resembles Federal-style architecture, although several additions were made over its 183-year existence.
Tickets for the Holly Tour are available in several areas including Westfield, Fredonia, Mayville and Lakewood. The cost to tour these five homes and the Grape Discovery Center and refreshments at the Westfield United Methodist Church is $10. Show your Holly Tour ticket at the Hall of Christmas in Eason Hall on Elm Street and receive two tickets for the gift basket drawing. The proceeds from the Holly Tour are given back to the community for local support. Find Westfield Women's Organization on Facebook. For answers, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The village of Westfield will also celebrate the holiday season with Santa arriving in the village on Friday for the Christmas Tree Lighting in Moore Park at 6 p.m. Santa will take pictures with children and there will be treats and activities at the YWCA, 58 Portage St., Westfield.
Eason Hall will serve as the Hall of Christmas on today and Saturday. Food and merchandise will be on sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. On Saturday, Santa will take pictures with children in the afternoon and Shawn Wilder will entertain guests with holiday, pop and country music. Also that day, horse-drawn carriage rides will run from Eason Hall on Elm Street from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A Victorian Tea will also be held at the George P. York mansion on Portage Street beginning each hour from noon to 3 p.m. Seating is limited for this event and tickets can be purchased for $10 at the McClurg Museum, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.