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Duncan residents were awed and inspired Sunday for a good cause at the Aequalis Study Club’s Christmas Open House Extravaganza.
Three Duncan families opened their homes to the community as part of the Aequalis Study Club’s annual fundraiser. Participating this year were Paula and Ricky Harrison, Darla and Carter Waid and Shelly and Jimmy McCord.
The McCord’s home, decorated in Christmas elegance, was the newest home on the tour and their luxurious back yard was also the site of the Sweet Shop featuring baked goods sold as an additional fundraiser by the Aequalis Club.
“We have baked goods, pies, cookies and homemade candies,” Aequalis member Suzy Bruner said. “All of it is gift wrapped and ready to be given as a gift.”
The Aequalis home tour has been a Duncan tradition since 1988. In the past, it has raised about $4,000 to $5,000 and they are hoping to make at least that much this year. The funds raised at the event will go to help local organizations and fund Aequalis academic scholarships.
At the Waid home, the time Darla spent decorating was apparent. Each room had its own decorated theme but was still in holiday fashion for the Christmas season. For the first time, the Aequalis home tours gave visitors the option of seeing the homes at viewing time, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. or from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the candlelight tour.
“I am looking forward to the evening tour when everyone can see the Christmas lights,” Darla Waid said.
Waid said there had been a great turnout, which would go to helping lots of people in the community.
“When you put your heart and soul into the decorating, you want a big turnout and people to come see it because it is going to such a good cause,” she said.
Visitors to the Harrison household were immediately greeted by Christmas tunes coming from a beautiful baby grand piano in the living rooms. Family friend Sarah Adkins graced the ivory keys entertaining the visitors as they walked through the rooms filled with Christmas trees and other Christmas decorations including a station to write letters to Santa from an old-fashioned typewriter.
“I always decorate but not this much,” Paula Harrison said. “Now that it is finished, I can enjoy it for the rest of the season.”
The many hours spent decorating by the three families and the work of the Aequalis Study Club paid off as the visitors were enchanted by their surroundings. The tour also initiated many decorating ideas that visitors could take home and implement in their own homes.