A holiday tour is coming to Seymour.
Specifically, a local tour of businesses and homes.
And the theme is the holidays.
From 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, the Seymour Community-Development Association (SCDA) will hold its third annual “Small Town, Big Christmas” open-house tour.
As has been the case in past years, there are six stops on the tour, including three homes, two businesses and one church.
“There will be goodies served and discounts offered along the way to celebrate the start of your Christmas celebrations,”explained Sheila Sturdefant, SCDA president. “Come out and enjoy the beautiful decorations, wonderful refreshments and joyful conversations. Make it a church event, a ‘girls night out’ or a family event to remember.”
Tickets for the tour are $10 each.
The price lowers to $7.50 for groups of four or more.
Sturdefant noted that tickets must be presented at each location to receive entry and discounts.
Tickets can be purchased in Seymour at Renne’s Place, The Seymour Bank or the Webster County Citizen.
Each ticket holder will receive an annual commemorative Christmas ornament on a first-come, first-served basis. There are a limited quantity of ornaments.
The six stops on the Nov. 23 tour include:
1. Home of Todd and Stacy Kleier, 386 Frog Pond Road. Todd grew up in Seymour and has worked in his family’s feed business since he was a teenager. Stacy was raised in Iowa and has worked for the state for 29 years.
They have three grown children and always have enjoyed decorating for Christmas. Their home was built in 2018 by Cardwell Custom Homes.
2. Home of Guy and Tami Gerard, 1240 West Thoroughfare Street. The Gerards welcome you to their home. They raised their family in northwest Illinois and in 2017 made Seymour their home. Christmas always has been a very special time for their family, and they are happy to have tour members visit them this holiday season.
3. Home of Teri Myers, 744 Waldo Road. Teri moved to Missouri in 1970. After 34 years of working for the state, she retired and now works at the Seymour Community Library.
Now a widow, Teri’s husband Jim was a lifelong resident of Seymour and was a truck driver and master cabinet maker.
They married in 1985 and purchased their farm on Waldo road in 1992 to finish raising their family. They began a small beef-cattle operation, which Teri continues to run today. She always has enjoyed decorating for the holidays and welcomes tour patrons to her home.
4. Seymour United Methodist Church, 204 North Main Street. Organized in 1891, the original 28 members used two other churches to hold services once organized. The church’s sanctuary was completed in 1895.
Vestiges of the church’s Victorian-era heritage clearly are present throughout the sanctuary and include its flooring, pews, walls, doors and ceiling. You can see evidence of where the stove used to be in the northwest section of the sanctuary.
5. Hutchison Stained Glass, owned by Faye Hutchison, 3667 Harmony Road. For the tour, Faye is offering 10 percent off any already-made products. She’s also offering a wide variety of free refreshments. For more on her business, call 417-276-9059 or contact Faye via e-mail at email@example.com.
6. A&J Boutique, owners Abby and Jacque Grabher, 627 Lynch Drive. A&J offers adorable and affordable boutique clothing, women’s clothes from small to 3XL, a line of children’s clothing and much more.
For the tour, A&J is offering 20 percent off one item, free drawings and free refreshments. For more on Abby and Jacque’s wonderful store, visit the A&J Boutique Facebook page or call 417-935-2568