Catch the Christmas Spirit with two events sponsored by the Art Gallery on the north side of the Historical Square in Rockville.
Begin the afternoon viewing five homes. The four occupied homes range in age from 1800-2008 plus the Historical Society's Log cabin will be included in the Tour. Each place has its own distinct personality.
The "Wassail In" has proven to be a hit with those attending. Gather at the Gallery from 6-8 p.m. with your friends and neighbors for an evening of live fiddle music by the students of Judy Green from Clinton. Enjoy tasteful horsdoeuvres and hot wassail (no need for supper plans.) as you chat, shop and slip into nostalgic feelings of Christmas' past.
There will be a 10 percent discount from most artists during the "Wassail In". What a better gift than original artwork from a Parke County artist.
Tickets are currently available at the Art Gallery. Prices are $8 for each event or $15 for both. Maps of the homes are included. For more information contact the Gallery at 765-569-9422.
Gallery hours are daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.
Janet Hetrick: 513 Howard Ave., Rockville
There was a fire in the 1980s, and during the remodeling Dale Cox added a sunroom, cedar shakes to the roof and the art deco light fixture hanging in the dining room. The carriage house serves as a garage and storage area.
Janet's French friends and her travels to France are reflected in her choice of warm, bright colors, especially red.
Ruth's Florals Creation helped with Christmas decorations.
Historical Society's Log Cabin: 404 High St.
Originally it was one room with a loft. Note the split rail fence, the exterior shutters and the rain barrel
School children tour this site each spring. Karen Woodson, curator of the museum, will be adding items from donations made over the years, which will portray early life in Parke County.
Tom and Sheila Rohr: 3014 E. New Discovery Rd., Rockville
Previous owners were John and Betty Stryker.
The framing and siding were built with native poplar. Most of the woodwork, floors and cabinets were cut from a single oak tree taken from the farm.
Three renovations since the 1980s include; an electrical system, addition of a bathroom upstairs, a large garage and workshop. In 1955 a new kitchen, replacement windows, siding, a utility room and a deck were added.
Recent renovations are a new bathroom, a larger kitchen with Amish cabinets, heating and cooling upstairs and a great room with an eighteen foot ceiling and fireplace. Most of the oak woodwork and flooring were saved.
The great room overlooks woods and fields where turkeys and deer gaze. The three Rohr girls have decorated their rooms with unique color schemes and taste.
Kay Timm, Dana Aucoin, Cindy Lacefield, and Sheila Rohr completed the home show decorations.
Mike and Debby Rose: 2711 S. 500 E. Rd., Rockville
Mike and Debby finished their spacious house, custom built by Collings' Construction, in June 2008.
There are large windows with a view of the deck and a fireplace, which creates a warm cozy atmosphere.
The lower level contains a family room and a game room with exit to a patio.
There are three bedrooms, an office, and four bathrooms. The master bedroom also has a deck.
Debby, along with Jill Stewart, have created a lovely, homey atmosphere throughout.
Doug and Gina Whitford: 6238 New Discovery Rd., Rockville
This large farmhouse was built by the Samuel Davis family. During the Homestead Act in the early 1800s, the original deed was on sheepskin and signed by Abraham Lincoln.
Staying true to the style, the furniture is antique with heirlooms from ancestors. Wrought iron, Longaberger baskets, and artwork by Louise are primary accents.
The exterior once had four porches. The lamp post and fence are from the Rockville town square. Separate from the house is a game room converted from a one-car garage.
Gina and Heather Adams decorated the home.