Holiday Home Tour offers a peek at holiday décor

By on November 30, 2016
Kelly Shenk (second from left) welcomes Women’s Club of Manheim members (left to right) Betty Wise, Karen Lewis, Carol Barnett, and Linda Williams, and the public, to her home as part of the club’s annual Holiday Tour of Homes on Dec. 4. (Photos by Rochelle Shenk)

Kelly Shenk (second from left) welcomes Women’s Club of Manheim members (left to right) Betty Wise, Karen Lewis, Carol Barnett, and Linda Williams, and the public, to her home as part of the club’s annual Holiday Tour of Homes on Dec. 4. (Photos by Rochelle Shenk)


Manheim resident Kelly Shenk loves Christmas and it shows in her holiday décor. The home at 136 E. High St. that she and husband, Ron, purchased five years ago is one of six properties on the Women’s Club of Manheim’s Holiday Home Tour, set for Sunday, Dec. 4.

She said that the painted brick home was built in the 1840s as a farmhouse. For a number of years it was the home and office of Dr. Charles Callis, who practiced there until 1977. Shenk explained that the previous owners renovated the home, taking it from a three-story home to a two-story home.

“We have tall ceilings, which is really nice,” she said.




The couple improved the gardens and added the front porch. For the holidays, and the home tour, the front porch is home to a bright red sleigh. It had formerly graced the front porch of the now defunct Haydn Zug’s restaurant in East Petersburg.

“Ron got the sleigh for me as a surprise, Shenk explained. “We always admired it at Haydn Zug’s. After they closed he noticed that it was for sale, and he bought it and managed to surprise me.”

Inside the home, nearly every surface is adorned with holiday finery. Decorating for the holidays does take some time, but Shenk said that it’s something she enjoys doing. She describes her holiday style, and her year-round décor, as a mix of vintage and family heirlooms.

The small sled that’s mounted over the decorated fireplace in the large family room belonged to her father and was made at the sled factory in Duncannon.

“We love vintage and antiques,” Shenk said. “We find items at antique stores and public sales — if it catches our eye, we buy it.”

The family room boasts several Christmas trees of varying sizes. Each is decorated with a mix of vintage and modern ornaments.

“I’ve always loved Christmas and ornaments. When we travel instead of buying a T-shirt, I buy an ornament,” she said,” I love getting the ornaments out year-after-year. As I unpack them I remember where I got them and it brings back memories of that special vacation.”

She’s looking forward to welcoming Holiday Home Tour guests.

In addition to the Shenk home, there are five other homes on the tour.

“We usually hear about possible tour homes from other members or people in the community. Each year we try to showcase a variety of different style homes as well as different decorating styles,” said Karen Lewis, tour committee chair.



Other featured homes include:

Ted and Audrey Brosey, 58 N. Hazel St. — The couple are the second owners of this home built in 1940. Home décor includes Ted’s collection of snow globes, and there’s a tree decorated entirely with felt ornaments made by Audrey’s mother.

Barney and Suzanne Reiley, 232 Julia Lane — The home will be decorated in a traditional Christmas theme showcasing poinsettias to honor Suzanne’s parents’ December wedding anniversary.

Susan Quinn, 2212 Kilmer Road — Built in 2000, this single floor open-concept home features an attached studio where Susan paints. The word that best describes her holiday decorating is “memories” … decorations made by family members, decorations from trips to Europe and decorations that she’s painted.

Ronald and Beverly Radzik, 3361 Back Run Road — Built in 2012, this two-story home has a rustic country feel. Rustic country decorations with several homemade burlap wreaths and an abundance of snowmen will be throughout the home. The Christmas tree is adorned with burlap, floral picks and deer antlers.

Tim and Kelly Miller, 141 N. Colebrook Road — This 1960s ranch home is turned into a winter wonderland this time of year with greens, trees, ornaments and all things Christmas. Gingerbread is the theme throughout the kitchen and dining room, snowmen will fill the house as well.

Tickets for the tour are $10 ahead of time and can be purchased from any Women’s Club member, at Longenecker’s Hardware, Shaub’s Dry Cleaning, or Divine Consign. The day of the tour the tickets cost $12, and can be purchased at any home.

In addition to the tour, The Women’s Club is offering homemade holiday cookies for sale, as the price of $5 a pound. Cookies can be pre-ordered from any member of the Woman’s Club by Dec. 1, or purchased on Dec. 2 at Manheim Auto Auction and Shaub’s Cleaners. Proceeds from cookie sales go towards community projects.

For more information, call 201-0909.

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

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