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The 21st Annual Wimberley Community Civic Club Home Tour Features the Ash, Hamlin, McBee, Utts, McDonald, and Carr Homes

Sponsored by the Wimberley Community Civic Club, the 2008 Hill Country Homes Tour for the Holidays was held on Friday & Saturday, November 21 & 22, 10 AM to 5 PM. Six unique homes were  featured, delighting and inspiring visitors.

The Wimberley Community Civic Club selected six beautiful homes to showcase for the 2008 Holiday Home Tour on Friday and Saturday, November 21st and 22nd. The club has provided the public with a look at some of the most outstanding homes in the Wimberley Valley since 1987, each decorated for the holiday season. 2008 marked the 21st anniversary of the event and the Civic Club plans celebrated  this milestone.

"We were able to disperse $35,000 to 26 community organizations and 10 graduating high school seniors last year from our efforts with the Home Tour and Hobby Lobby," says the club's President, Pat Koeppe, "and we hope to be able to do even more this year."

The original idea for the Home Tour came from club member, Sallie Arbogast, who was the club's first vice president. As the board discussed fundraisers, Sallie recalled how much she had always enjoyed the Home and Garden tours in Houston when she had lived there and participated in the Junior League and Garden Club. "The Civic Club did such wonderful work for the community, I was glad to start this new project. We had four homes the first year and I tried to present a variety - one in the hills, one in the country, one on the river and one with a terrific view. It was held in May and was very successful." Sallie's own home in Paradise Hills was on that first tour, along with the Smullen, Duffie and Foster homes.

Tickets for the 2008 Civic Club Holiday Home Tour were $15,  available at the Wimberley Visitor Center. They were also available at each of the homes on the tour and at the Holiday Gift Shop at the Winters-Wimberley House on the days of the tour. Visitors enjoyed  the Gift and Bake Shop at the Winters-Wimberley House , open from 9 to 5  on tour days, for refreshments and to shop for freshly baked items and hand-crafted gifts. Wimberley Institute of Cultures hosts in period dress were on hand as guides through this historic Texas home.



You'll fall in love in an instant with the sunny, cozy "farmhouse" nestled among Hill Country trees and rocky outcroppings, as though it has been there for years. When you walk up to the front door you can see through to the trees and hills at the back. The downstairs is completely open except for the bathroom and Arlene's office/studio where she can close etched glass French-doors (purchased from Habitat for Humanity) and pursue one of her many ongoing projects.

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Step through the front door of this hilltop home and be captivated at once by a magnificent expanse of floor-to-ceiling arched windows framing nature's artwork outdoors. A masterful blend of architectural styles and décor, each room in the home has its own "feel". 

The homeowner, Roger McBee, designed and decorated the home. It was built by Terry Williams, completed in 2004. The home is designed in such a way that one can walk from one end of the house to the other being able to see the stunning 180-degree view from the hilltop.

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After years of searching for just the right waterfront property, Donald and Barbara Ash were overcome with a sense of "coming home" when they discovered this site on G.W. Haschke Lane for their retirement home. 

In 2002 they moved into their newly built, spacious two-story country home where every nook and cranny reveals a versatile, talented artist in residence. Barbara's eclectic paintings and handcrafted crosses grace the walls; dozens of exquisite hand-carved, hand-painted Old World Santas represent a decade of work; and the western mural in the upstairs family room showcases the combined talent of Barbara and daughter Penny. 

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The Tuscan style residence of Bruce and Kimberly McDonald was designed by R. Dale Dibello of Eubanks Group Architects, Houston and built by Bill Dunn Construction, Wimberley. Dressed in autumn finery, an idyllic courtyard garden welcomes you to this elegant, yet family-friendly country home located on Wimberley Ranch Drive.

The cheery, spacious great room and state-of-the-art culinary space are designed to include guests in comfortable, casual entertaining, from preparing meals to dining at the generous center island to relaxing in front of the stone fireplace. Arched glass doorways lead outdoors to the loggia, another inviting living space where southern Hill Country vistas are enjoyed in year-round comfort.

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Built in 2001, Steve and Kathy Utts purchased the 40 acre Diamond K Ranch located on FM 2325 in the year 2003. The family was looking for a large property and fell in love with the views and detail of workmanship they found there.

As you approach this impressive "Texas Tuscan Villa", you will be struck by its Old World ambiance and majestic setting, with the awe-inspiring Devils Backbone as a backdrop. 

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Tucked away on peaceful, secluded acreage, Hacienda Granada is the natural conclusion of Joe and Karen Carr's 25 years of research and travel to Mexico's colonial cities and haciendas for their antiques gallery and Mexican book series. 

Dramatic nine-foot-tall, nail-studded hacienda doors lead to a sunny, golden-yellow courtyard visible from all rooms and surrounded by an arcaded portal.

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The Holiday Gift Shop

Home Tour visitors can take a break at any time during the tour and enjoy complimentary refreshments and holiday shopping. The Wimberley Civic Club makes a large variety of craft items and delicious goodies that will tickle your fancy, delight your wallet and simplify your holiday shopping! The Holiday Gift Shop will be a the Winters-Wimberley House.

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