Each year, the Edgeworth Garden Club would meet at Vicki Werner’s home to exchange gifts and each year, Pat Happe said they talked about doing a holiday house.
It was this year at a District 9 Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania luncheon that Vicki Werner brought up doing the holiday house again.
“We talked about it for years and everybody always said we should do it,” Werner said.
The Edgeworth Garden Club will host its first Holiday House from 1 to 5 p.m. today, Dec. 2 at 213 Quaker Road in Edgeworth. The house is decorated to the nines in holiday ornaments, waiting for guests to arrive for the one-day-only tour of the home's first level.
"Everything in the house was taken down and Christmas decorations were put up," Happe said.
Werner said she started decorating last weekend, but the bulk of the work began on Tuesday and lasted through the week with the help of members.
Pictures, calendars, ornaments, you name it, and it's in there. Many of the ornaments Werner crafted herself or collected over the last 40 to 45 years. The home is filled with antique Americana ornaments, needlepoint works and other holiday flair, including a hand-carved Santa that appeared on the cover of an antique magazine.
Garden club members will be on hand in each room to provide guests information along the tour. Out in the garage, Quaker Valley Key Club members will be selling tickets and raffles, and offering cookies, cider and other refreshments.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Baked goods will also be sold.
Proceeds from the event will be used to benefit students through a scholarship for a graduating Quaker Valley senior majoring in plant science, who would possibly intern in the parks during the summers.
Werner said her biggest fear is that no one will show up.
“After all this work, if we don’t have a good turnout, I’ll be very disappointed. (Members) worked so hard, it would be a shame if we don’t do well.”
If you go:
What: Holiday House 2012
When: 1 to 5 p.m. today, Dec. 2
Where: 213 Quaker Road in Edgeworth (from Route 65 turn into the neighborhood by the traffic light at BP station.)
Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children.