Pemberville Library Friends to host Christmas home tours

Press Staff Writer

        The Friends of the Pemberville Public Library are continuing their tradition of Christmas home tours. This year, tours of five area homes will be offered Saturday, Dec. 3 from 2-7 p.m.
        Tickets are $15 and are available at the Pemberville Public Library, 375 E. Front St., or at individual homes on the day of the tours.
        The five homes include:
        • Kathy and Frank Barrow, 22011 Luckey Rd., Luckey.
        • Stephanie and Zach Frobose, 6170 Alexander Rd., Pemberville.
        • Kathy and Roger Burtchin, 18215 Wegman Rd., Pemberville.
        • Charmagne and Terry Hoepf, 5606 N. River Rd., Pemberville.
        • Margie Shaffer at Otterbein Senior Living, 1007 Tulip Court, Pemberville.
        Refreshments will be served at the library during the tour. Also, from Nov. 28-Dec. 16, raffle tickets will be sold for 12-inch decorated theme trees with a children’s book included. Trees will be on display at the library. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The raffle drawing will be held Friday, Dec. 16.
        The Frobose home was custom built in 2015, and in the spring of 2016, Zach and Stephanie were married. They have many family heirlooms that are decorated seasonally, though they say fall and the Christmas season are their favorites.
        For Christmas, a tree will be featured in every room. Three of their favorites include the Goofy/Silly tree in Zach’s office, Stephanie’s pink disco tree in her office, and the fresh tree in the entryway featuring all the Christmas cards received that year.
        Decorating began in one area of the house before Halloween, with Stephanie doing the majority of inside decorating. Zach likes to utilize the great weather when available to hang outside lights on the barn and house.
        Stephanie said her love of Christmas began with her grandfather who always made the season seem magical, and she wanted that feeling to carry on in her own home.
        Zach cherishes the memory of a special white ceramic tree with colorful lights from his childhood. Stephanie found one at an antique shop to give to him on their first Christmas, and it will be on display.
        Traditions that continue in the Frobose family include “Cookie Day.” Usually after Thanksgiving, parents, siblings, nieces and nephews come to their home to decorate pre-baked cookies. “A lot get eaten with all that frosting and sprinkles, but is it a productive family event,” Stephanie said.
        Another tradition at Stephanie’s parents’ house is to make homemade candy canes and peanut brittle. Her great- grandfather used to own a candy shop in Bluffton. Her dad found the recipe and now creates the sweet treats at Christmastime.


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