Annual Holiday Home Tour is Dec. 2

By on November 28, 2018

This highly-visible Market Square home, at 2 N. Charlotte St., houses Big Dream Creative Arts Studio, part of the Women’s Club of Manheim’s annual Holiday Home Tour. (Photo by Rochelle Shenk)


Six festively decorated properties will be showcased during the Women’s Club of Manheim’s annual Holiday Home Tour from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., on Sunday, Dec. 2.

“We are excited to continue this great community event this year” said Karen Lewis, Women’s Club home tour chair.

Featured properties include several historic properties such as the Manheim Historical Society’s Fasig House, a replica of an 18th century log home, and the adjacent Keath House, an 18th century log home. The Keath and Fasig Houses are located at 30-32 E. High St. The Booking House, an event venue owned by JP and Michele Perron at 210 S. Penn St. housed in a repurposed 1884 cigar warehouse, is also on the tour.

Also on the tour is Big Dream Creative Arts Studio, 2 N. Charlotte St. Located at one end of Market Square, the creative arts studio owned by Kami and Ben Deppen is housed in a 1910 Georgian Revival home that was constructed on the site where Henry William “Baron” Stiegel’s office and storage building once sat.

Stiegel is known as the founder of Manheim. In 1910 those buildings were razed and Clayton Gibble, a cigar manufacturer and men’s clothing store owner, built the home.

This house has many details not common to other Manheim homes such as its two-story fluted columns, oculus windows, and belvedere. In 1949, J. Harvey Spahr enclosed a two-story porch at the back of the main house and made additions to the back of the building including flagstone floors and fireplaces in a new family room and sun room that flanked a two car garage.

The building is being restored inside and out by the Deppens. Kami Deppen said the building was purchased in Nov. 2017, and last winter was spent patching, painting, restoring and resurfacing area of the building.

“Other than a tree in the window, we didn’t decorate since we had just started the renovation project,” she explained.

Due to the ongoing renovation, the home itself is not part of the tour, just the studio.

Big Dream Creative Art Studio moved into its new space on S. Charlotte St. in May. The art and music studio offers lessons and classes as well as summer camp activities. It opened in June 2015 in leased space at 52. S. Main St.

“Although this is the first year for the creative arts studio in this location, we have experience decorating the showcase windows (at our former location). I was able to incorporate some of those details as well as lots of new and repurposed items,” Deppen said, “I’m hoping to incorporate some interactive elements too, like live music in the music studio and a simple Christmas ornament craft to really capture the spirit of what we do each week.”

From the front porch to the back sun room and a few room upstairs, there will be an eclectic mix of modern and traditional Christmas decor well matched to the whimsical artistic environment.

“It’s always been hard for me to choose a favorite decoration, but some of the highlights for me are the paint can tree and paint brush wreath, the gingerbread house display made by some of our students, the Lego model of the home built to scale and decorated for Christmas by my son, and the Albany cutter sleigh on the porch that’s been in our family since the mid-1800s and traveled all the way from Iowa,” she said.

The interior of Big Dream Creative Arts Studio features an eclectic mix of modern and traditional Christmas decor well matched to the whimsical artistic environment. (Photos provided by Kami Deppen)

Other properties on the tour include:

  • Doug and Whitney Metzler, 2669 N. Colebrook Road. Built in 1900, this recently renovated home was once a general store. Each room will have its own Christmas or winter theme incorporated into the décor, and there are many hand-crafted decorations and fresh greens throughout the house.
  • Brad and Stephanie Kochenour, 626 Hamaker Road. The contemporary traditional home was built in 2006, and the Kochenours moved from State College to the Manheim area in 2015. Since Christmas is important to the family, the fireplace was changed to all-stone to accent the Christmas décor. This home has a Christmas tree theme with 17 fully-decorated trees and June McKenna Santa figures and other Holiday figures throughout.
  • Matt and Laurie Olsen, 4004 Cranberry St. Built in 2007, this home features many personal touches. Inspired by HGTV personality Joanna Gaines and her Magnolia Home line of décor items, there’s a bohemian rustic flair. Every room has a touch of Christmas such as homemade décor items and furniture, decorated trees, and a spectacular Santa collection.

Holiday Home Tour tickets are $10 ahead of time and can be purchased at Longenecker’s Hardware, Shaub’s Dry Cleaning, and Divine Consign. The day of the tour the tickets are $12 and can be purchased at any home. For more information, visit the Women’s Club of Manheim’s Facebook page or contact Kelly Lauver at Manheim Chamber, 717-665-6330.

Rochelle Shenk is a correspondent for the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your comments and questions at

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