Owners' love for decorating distinct at tour home

Another home on the 25th annual Christmas Tour of Homes, sponsored by Beta Sigma Phi and to be held Dec. 7 and 8, is the Olde Towne home of Danny Purvis and Joey Galloway, located at 312 West Forest Ave.

This early 1930s stucco cottage once served as the parsonage for Grace United Methodist Church.

Owners Purvis and Galloway have created a home with a warm and relaxed atmosphere. Throughout this home, visitors will sense the owners' love for entertaining and decorating for the holidays. The decorations include collections from Christopher Radko and Department 56 Villages.

Also included in the home are 10 unique Christmas trees.

This festive home was on the Christmas tour in 2005 by popular demand.

The Olde Towne home is one of six featured on the candlelight tour on Dec. 7, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. as well as the Saturday tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Along with the Purvis-Galloway home, also featured this year are homes of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Trimmier, The River Club, 118 River Club Lane; Walker Posey, Hammond's Ferry, 446 Railroad Ave.; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Vines, Oak Creek, 601 Whitewood Way; Kevin Winters and Lindsay Allen, Andrew's Branch, 145 Millwood Lane; and Dr. and Mrs. Steve Rogers, The River Club, 926 River Oak Drive.

Also on this year's tour is Hammond Hill Elementary School, celebrating its 60th anniversary, as well as the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta. The gift shop will be open, and refreshments will be served at the Arts and Heritage Center, and restrooms are available in the lobby.

Advance tickets for the tour may be purchased for $20 until 3 p.m. on Dec. 3. Tickets will be on sale at Jim Bush Flower Shop, Communigraphics and Parks Pharmacy. On the days of the tour, tickets may be purchased at any tour stop for $25. Each person must have a ticket, even children in arms.

On Dec. 8, a brunch and fashion show will be held at 10 a.m. at American Legion Jesse C. Lynch Memorial Post 71, featuring fashions by White House Black Market. The museum in the Post Home will be open for viewing, as well.

Tickets for the brunch and fashion show are $10 and must be purchased in advance by Dec. 5.

Beta Sigma Phi uses the majority of the proceeds from the tour to fund scholarships to North Augusta High School seniors, with the balance going to North Augusta PAL Boxing Club, North Augusta School Wish List and other North Augusta charities.

For more information, call 279-4844, 279-6036 or 279-5074.