HOLIDAY TOUR OF HOMES - Participants gather outside the Black/DiRusso home during the Dec. 2 “Holiday Tour of Homes” to benefit the construction of the new school for St. Michael Parish in Cheney. (Courtesy photo)
(SNR) St. Michael Parish in Cheney held its first ever "Holiday Tour of Homes" Dec. 2 in Wilderness Ridge in southern Lincoln. The tour was an entire parish effort. The Altar Society made cookies, acted as greeters, and assisted home owners who opened their homes for the tour.
The Knights of Columbus helped with traffic and parking. Strolling carolers from St. Michael’s music ministry helped to set the tone for the event. By the end of the evening, more than 400 participated. Proceeds from ticket sales will be directed toward the building of the new St. Michael School.
Family traditions were evident at each of the four homes. The Jeff and Gail Keown family home showcased a village scene reflecting their rural roots and a 12-foot Christmas tree.
The Butch and Caroline Hug family home displayed a nativity scene made of paper and a collection of Husker memorabilia including museum-quality pictures of Memorial Stadium.
Visitors then caught a luxury limousine ride to the next two homes. The Blake and Kathy Collingsworth home greeted visitors with impressive and welcoming outside lighting. Inside the house, six Christmas trees were each decorated with a unique theme.
The Paul Black/Concetta DiRusso home reflected the extensive travels of these two UNL professors and Christmases experienced over their 31 years of marriage, including a tree top angel they made together from a wooden spoon during their first Christmas together. The finishing touch of cookies around the fireplace while a string quartet, featuring their daughter Lexa and three other UNL music majors, made for a magical time.
More photos may be seen at http://www.stmichaelcheney.org on the "Parish Photos" page.