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Delta Theta Tau's 31st annual Holiday Home Tour Sunday

Monday, November 18, 2013

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DePauw University's Delta Gamma Sorority house at 801 S. Locust St., Greencastle, is one of the featured homes on the annual Delta Theta Tau Holiday Home Tour, set for 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24.
The 31st annual Holiday Home Tour, presented by Theta Chapter, Delta Theta Tau Sorority, will be on Sunday, Nov. 24 from 1-5 p.m.

Tickets are $8 each if purchased by 5 p.m. the day before the event. Advance sale tickets are available at Eitel's Florist, Almost Home, Curves, Myers' Market or from any Delt member.

The day of the Home Tour tickets will only be available at the tour locations and will cost $10 each.

Proceeds from the Holiday Home Tour are used exclusively to support the Delta Theta Tau Scholarship Fund and philanthropy donations to Putnam County programs.

Homes featured on this year's tour are the residences of:

-- Elaine Huber, 2012 Fairway Drive, Greencastle (Edgelea Subdivision).

-- Troy and Teresa Trout, 2924 S. CR 250 West, Greencastle.

-- Jackie Thomas, 473 Harvest Moon Drive, Greencastle (Glenview Subdivision).

-- Three Fat Labs Bed and Breakfast, owned and operated by Bill and Tanya Mentgen, 2009 S. CR 400 West (Saddle Club Road).

-- Delta Gamma Sorority, 801 S. Locust St., Greencastle.

Also, the Christian Women's Fellowship members of First Christian Church, 110 S. Indiana St., will welcome tour visitors to their sanctuary and parlor.

Elaine Huber has recently added hand-scraped hardwood flooring to her three-bedroom, two-bath cottage home that overlooks the golf course.

The country French-style décor includes many colors and prints and Huber's counted-thread holiday creations are prominently displayed. Visitors will be treated to a firsthand observation of her best decorating advice for any home -- "relocate and repurpose what you have."

The Trout residence was built in 2007 by Pastor Troy Trout of The StoreHouse and his father, Steve, on a two-acre parcel adjacent to the DePauw Nature Park.

Pastor Trout and his wife, Teresa, designed their 3,200-square-foot, four-bedroom home to be a place where multiple families could gather together for times of fellowship and to enjoy the beauty of nature all around them.

The large, finished basement includes a theater room (with popcorn cart), and a room dedicated for prayer. The main floor was designed to bring the beauty of the outside right into the home through two large picture windows in the living room and an adjacent dining room with window and doors on all sides.

The walnut floors on the main level, custom cabinets in the kitchen, a custom-made fireplace mantel in the living room, artwork that they acquired while living in West Africa as missionaries, make the home unique.

Jackie Thomas brought her cozy country décor into town in 2008 to her new three-bedroom, two-bath, villa home in Glenview.

Although there is a touch of Christmas to complement the rich wood furniture year-round, the traditional red and green holiday decorations and clusters of brightly lit trees fill the open space of the main floor for this special season.

The large bonus room upstairs is a great place for sewing, playing with grandchildren, or just relaxing. Jackie is proud to have the Sagamore of the Wabash presented by Gov. Orr to her mother while other family members treasure the same award received by her brother.

Nestled into 26 forested acres just west of town is a beautiful multi-level home designed to be shared. Constructed in 2012 and later opened as a bed and breakfast by Bill and Tanya Mentgen, the Three Fat Labs Bed and Breakfast offers its guests a true feeling of home.

Besides the seven bedrooms and multiple baths, a designated media room and other common areas, guests can roam several trails on the property or just relax in the fresh air on the porch or get cozy in front of one of several fireplaces.

Beautiful holiday decorations, hardwood flooring and cherry cabinets will draw your eyes inside while large windows and doors inevitable draw you to the beauty of the surrounding woods.

The Gamma Iota Chapter of Delta Gamma was founded at DePauw University on Dec. 3, 1949. The chapter house on South Locust Street was built several years later in 1957.

Much of the house today is the same as it was when it was first built. Recently the first-floor formal living room was renovated and redecorated.

The 63 members of the Gamma Iota chapter of Delta Gamma welcome tour visitors to their home and hope they enjoy their holiday decorations and take time to relax in the dining room and enjoy some cookies (compliments of Delta Theta Tau), punch and coffee.

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) began in 1829 in the cabin of the Tennant family outside Greencastle. The congregation has worshiped at the corner of South Indiana and West Poplar since 1858.

The first building was outgrown, sold and replaced with this sanctuary in 1895 and a 1935 remodeling focused attention on the Communion table and the Baptistery and included the addition of the parlor which is the bride's room for weddings.

Sunlight through beautiful original stained-glass windows changes the colors in the sanctuary throughout the day. A wonderful pipe organ is a special feature. Periodic renovations have enabled the church to keep pace with the growing needs of its congregation.

Bethany House, containing the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Fellowship Hall, and classrooms, was added in 1951; the office, entrance and classroom wing in 1968; and the enclosed lift/elevator at the parking lot door was installed in 2010.

The church motto is "A Church in the Heart of the Community with the Community at Heart." Members put these words into action with the annual hat and mitten tree for the Johnson-Nichols Health Clinic, The Learning Castle preschool, chartered organization of Boy Scout Troop 99 and Cub Scout Pack 99, host for other community activities, and being the main provider of peanut butter to the Putnam County Emergency Food Pantry.

Once again several Greencastle merchants and restaurants are offering discounts to Home Tour participants. Check the back of your ticket and support local businesses by presenting your Home Tour ticket and enclosed coupon at time of purchase. All discounts are valid the day of the Home Tour and many are also valid beyond that date.

Proceeds from the Holiday Home Tour are used exclusively to support the Delta Theta Tau Scholarship Fund and philanthropy donations to Putnam County programs.

Members of Delta Theta Tau look forward to your continued support and wish you all the most joyous holiday season.

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