BETHALTO — The Civic Memorial High School After-Prom Committee announces the first Holiday Home Tour of Bethalto from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7.
The tour will feature six homes decorated for the holidays. Tickets are available for $20 at Liberty Bank, El Mezcal Mexican and The Weeping Willow Restaurants in Bethalto; Budget Signs in Wood River, Healing Touch Wellness Center in East Alton, and My Time Day Spa and Josephine’s Tea Room in Godfrey; or by calling Joni Stanley at (618) 978-6582. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the 2015 CMHS After Prom supporting a drug and alcohol free, fun-filled event with the general premise of “keep our kids safe.”
On the tour is the home of Cathy and Randy Marmino, whose 1881 historic farm house at 705 S. Moreland Road, Bethalto, has been featured in national magazines and will be a highlight for most tour-goers. The Marminos have taken great pride in their home and have made major upgrades, including an addition that carries the history and the charm of this cottage-style home throughout. The home is filled with collectibles and antique treasures.
The home of Homer and Susan Henke at 1000 N. Moreland Road, Bethalto, features a grand foyer with hand-painted murals that set the tone for the rest of this southern-colonial, low-country style home. The Henkes’ son Rob and his family occupy the original farmhouse behind the main residence. The home also houses standard-bred race horses in their off season.
The rustic contemporary home of Myles and Angel Lynch is an entertaining oasis just on the outskirts of Bethalto at 5801 Moreland Road in Moro. This home features a pool and poolhouse and has been host to numerous parties. You will get the feel of a ski lodge when entering the long drive to this gorgeous home.
At 4711 Culp Lane, Bethalto, is the colonial-style house of Brad and Lucinda Klotz. This house had been known for “the big red barn.” Shortly after moving to the residence in 2012, the barn burned in a fire, and a small replica now stands in its place. This home has a bed and breakfast feel and has been designed with the entertainment for friends and family in mind. Brad and Lucinda have made many improvements to the home with a major renovation of the home’s exterior.
1 Redbud Ct., Bethalto, is the home of Tom and Cathy Zupan who purchased the country-traditional style home in 1996 and later did a major remodel with removal of walls, room additions, and installation of a swimming pool and sports court for the grandchildren.
The home of Greg and Carole Tobin at 3 Oak Crest Drive, Bethalto is a traditional ranch-style home. A holiday point of interest is the Christmas tree on the perceived second floor. A platform was constructed in order for a Christmas tree to be on display each holiday.
In addition to the six homes on the tour, Bethalto Village Hall will be open throughout the tour and will serve as a welcome center to visitors. Refreshments will be served, and a wreath donated by Josephine’s Tea Room and available for raffle will be on display.
“It takes the support of the community to pull off an event like the after-prom and year after year the local businesses and community pull through for our youth. This year, we plan to give back with a community service day. Our kids will donate their time and energy in a village clean-up effort in early spring as a thank you to all who give so much to our school programs,” Joni Stanley said.
For information on the efforts of the CMHS 2015 After Prom committee, visit the Facebook page at CMHS 2015 After Prom or call (618) 978-6582.