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A Yule time tour

Annual Yule Walk features four homes

December 3, 2012
By JOE SUTTER, , Messenger News

There may be no snow, but there were plenty of lights and pine to get folks into the Christmas spirit on the Fort Dodge Symphony's Yule Walk Sunday evening.

One of the stops on this annual tour of deco- rated homes was Bick- ford Assisted Living, where staff had prepared the dining room, great room, private dining room and foyer for the yuletide visitors.

"We want to be more involved in the community, and open our doors so the community can see what a beautiful building we have," said Director Effie Hill. "We're really grateful to be on the walk."

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-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter
MaryBeth Frischmeyer, left, and Kathy Bocken admire the centerpiece in Jim and Ann Meyer's dining room on the Fort Dodge Symphony Yule Walk Sunday evening. The home was one of four on the tour.

The Symphony felt the same way.

"We're grateful they opened up to the Symphony," said Sue Bemrich, vice president of the Symphony board. "It's a lot of work.

"Last year we weren't able to have the walk. This year we're excited that we have four different places."

Even though the temperature was in the 50s, visitors could see ice along the sidewalk to the front door - in the form of luminaries made of ice.

Those were made by Kay Cox, of Humboldt, said Activities Director Kathy Williams. Cox's mother lives at Bickford.

Clyde Knupp recently renovated a home built in 1946 by architect Stan Griffith. Visitors got a pamphlet telling room by room how each room was used before, and what it would be used for now.

It's very, very nice, said Joanne Kramer. It's good to see a house like this brought back to life. Dianne and Clyde have done an awesome job.

There was also eggnog in one of the back rooms, a cozy fire in the living room, and decorations like the tall sidepiece with two deer that caught Elizabeth Stanek's eye.

They're unique. You wouldn't find those many places, said Stanek, of Callender. She had been to the other houses already, and said they were all beautiful.

We were in awe of some of the window treatments, and the floral arrangements, she said.

Out on Soldier Creek Drive, Diana and Mike Willerth's home was cov- ered in icicle lights, and filled with trees inside. Across the road, Jim and Ann Meyer's home included wreaths and centerpieces designed by Becker florist.

There were three Christmas trees.

"I have my angel tree which we decorate in honor of our son who we lost 12 years ago," said Ann Meyer. "Then we have a tree for our ornaments, and my hus- band's area downstairs is mostly outdoors stuff."

All the trees were well-lit.

"I'm a big lights person. I like the lights," she said.

Kathy Bocken and her mother Mary Kibby were nearly speechless after see- ing so many good displays. Kibby especially liked the tree at the Willerth house with real cookies on it.

"We're having a great time. My mom takes me every year," Bocken said. "It puts us in the holiday spirit."

"We don't want to go home," said Kibby.



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