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Holiday home tour is Saturday

Five local homes including an artist’s studio, the Depot Art Gallery and Presbyterian Church will be highlighted on Saturday’s holiday Tour of Homes, sponsored by the Barnesville Women’s League from 3-7 p.m. Tickets are $10. ’I think this will be one of the most diverse and interesting tours we have had,’ said Martha Windle, coordinator of the tour. Refreshments will be served at the Women’s Clubhouse. A ‘back by popular demand’ location is the home of Christopher Deraney at 147 Stafford Avenue, said Windle. Built in 1906 and bought in 1956 by the late Joe and Mabel Deraney, their grandson inherited the house and brought great pizazz and flair to the decor. This is Molly Shiver’s fifth appearance on the tour ‘“ all in different houses. Her ‘new’ home is at 111 Big Oak Drive.She moved into the 1996 house in March of 2016 and has done some painting and refurbishing, all contributing to comfort and attractiveness. She said she is glad to be living in an area with good neighbors nearby. Dan and Linda Rainey refurbished the old part and matched ‘everything from front to back’ of an 1850 home at 888 Thomaston Street. As they renovated the home and added more space, ‘we saved everything we could of the old house,’ she said. The Raineys moved in on Nov. 2, 2016, after about nine months of rebuilding, watched by many curious folks in Barnesville. The 1858 home at 428 Elm Street is now occupied by Nancy Woodard, who says ‘I knew when I walked into the house that this is the place God wanted me to be.’ A former Thomaston resident, she is a collector of some 600 dolls who also makes dolls herself and outfits them with clothing, shoes, furniture, books, pets and other charming reminders of childhood memories. Andrew Henry opens his home and studio at 123 Byrd Street for the first time on this tour. His decorations include celebratory Hanukkah items as well as Christmas themes. The home is a 1959 mobile home with a ranch-style house built on the front. Henry’s art work will be displayed throughout the residence and ‘people can see what a real working artist’s studio looks like,’ he said.

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