Hundreds of holiday revelers got into the spirit of the season last weekend at the Discovery Bay Holiday Home Tour. Hosted by the Delta Community Presbyterian Church, the event featured six area homes decked out in their holiday finest.
Visitors were given maps of the homes and invited to tour at their leisure. Locations included the expansive estate of Neil and Glenda Cohn owners of Hannah Nicole Winery and Jeanne and Richard Johnson's homey Cottage by the Sea. Each dwelling offered an intimate look at the traditions and collections of each family.
The Johnsons created an old-fashioned Christmas in their Discovery Bay cottage with gingerbread houses, homemade cookies and wreaths. With the exception of their Christmas tree which was donated the decorations in the Johnson's home cost less than $100.
The focal point at Steve and Lois Larsons' home was a 9-foot tree and a carousel horse collection. And Peter and Luann Hill's residence featured an extensive nutcracker collection gathered since their son was a child.
At the home of Joe and Marilyn Senn, visitors were treated to a houseful of jolly Santas and other holiday collectibles. Andy and Jeanne Zwemer displayed their large collection of holiday sculptures and Christmas quilts all designed and created by Jeanne.
Event organizer Bev Lyman said this year's event was among the most successful ever. We had a great turnout, she said. With the state of the economy, we weren't really sure what to expect, but it turned out very, very well. The weather held for us and the homes were just beautiful.
Proceeds from the annual event go toward local programs and community events.