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December 3, 2013

Aequalis tour participants enjoy three historic homes

DUNCAN — Pleasant weather and Christmas cheer greeted those who visited the houses on this year’s Aequalis Study Club Christmas Open House Extravaganza.

Each homeowner showed off their homes’ history, updates and, of course, holiday decoration. On the tour this year were Tom and Pat York at 1013 Ranchwood, David and Donna Duwe at 801 W. Beech, and Tony and Leslie Miser at 1107 W. Jones.

The Aequalis event was the second time the Duwes had the community tour their home this year, as they were part of the Stephens County Historical Society and Museum Founder’s Day Home Tour in June.

“There are some who have come through who saw it this summer,” said Donna. “But there are some who missed it who got a second chance.”

Many had questions for the Duwes about the history of the last remaining Queen Anne Victorian home in Duncan, which was built in 1906 and completely renovated by the couple. Others had compliments on the couple’s updates to the home.

Another home on the tour which has undergone a complete renovation is that of Tony and Leslie Miser. Built in the early 1960s, the home has features such as a wine cellar and two master suites.

An idea of Leslie’s, she had the upstairs of her home decorated as Santa’s Lodge, complete with Jolly Ole Saint Nick himself portrayed by Michael Harris.

“It’s going well and I’ve had a lot of questions about what I’ve done,” said Leslie. “I think everyone is enjoying it.”

Tom and Pat York also had a bit of a surprise waiting at their home with some live music. Paul James, played holiday tunes the piano which came with the house when the York’s bought it. The Yorks are only the second owners of the lodge-like home built in 1972.

“It’s a beautiful day and everyone has been so gracious with their complements,” said Pat. “I’ve gotten to see friends I haven’t seen in a while.”

Located at the York home was the annual Aequalis Sweet Shoppe. Each member of the organization bakes two or more goodies such as pies, cakes, breads and cookies.

“Sales are going well,” said Linda Hutson, Aequalis member. “We almost always sell everything.”

All proceeds from tickets and the Sweet Shoppe go to causes Aequalis’ support such as Stephens County Youth Services, Compassion Healthcare Center, academic scholarships, Duncan Toy Shop and Women’s Haven, as well as many more.

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