The Friends of the Wayne County Museum Holiday Tour of Homes, taking place Nov. 18 (5 to 8 p.m.) and 19 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.), will feature the homes of Kris Loberg and Ivan Heise, 1904 Claycomb Road, and Rodney and Jen Greve, 303 Nebraska Street.
Loberg and Heise finished their home in 2020, featuring a view of the Wayne Golf Course.
The home, comprised of an open concept design, has traditional style tiling, built-ins and a coffered ceiling. Moving to the lower level, a stone and timber fireplace adds to the cozy atmosphere of the family living space.
Loberg said the holiday decorations do not have a specific theme, but feature years of collecting Christmas pieces filled with memories.
“We are glad to help out with the Wayne Historical Society and we hope everyone enjoys spending time together throughout the tour,” Loberg said.
Next, Rodney and Jen Greve have lived in their home for almost two decades, upgrading their 112-year-old home to fit their vision while also keeping the home’s charm.
The original woodwork, including hardwood floors and 12 inch baseboards, still lives within the home.
In 2020, they opened the kitchen to the dining room and entry way. During the renovation, they also enclosed the back porch and expanded the kitchen to fit a new eight foot island.
Most of the decorated spaces in the house follow a theme. In the living room, the pair have adorned the space with silver and blue Christmas pieces, including a tin tree.
The dining room has pinecones and gold decorations, brilliantly reflecting the sentence, “I ‘pine’ for Christmas.”
Oranges and spices take over the kitchen. On the island, rests two small trees made of dried orange slices.
The decorations act as a collection of family favorites that have come together over the years, Jen Greve said.
In the basement, their family tree is covered with ornaments picked out during vacations such as a recent trip to Colorado.
“It brings up such good memories while we put the tree up together,” Greve said. “When we go places, our kids always ask where we are getting our ornament from this year.”
As the owner of one of the oldest houses in Wayne, Greve said she felt honored to share her home with the community and support the Wayne County Museum.
Tickets for the event are currently on sale and available at all local banks, Swans for Women and the Wayne Area Economic Development Office. They will also be available at the museum during the length of the tour.
Proceeds from the event will be used for renovation and upkeep of the Museum.
The Wayne County Historical Society is partially funded by the Wayne Community Chest and received a grant from the Wayne County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.