Band Boosters’ homes tour features decors of season

Six attractive homes in Brady will play host to this year’s Parade of Homes, sponsored annually by the Brady Band Boosters. Scheduled for Monday, Dec. 3, the Parade of Homes will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Brady High School band hall. Tickets for this year’s event are $10 each and are available at Brady National Bank, Commercial National Bank, First American Bank, Brady Standard-Herald, N Business Journal and KNEL. Three different suggested routes will be handed out with maps and descriptions of each home featured this year to help with traffic flow. Also, baked goods and Christmas crafts donated by parents of band members and band supporters will be sold at the band hall. The following is a brief description of the homes featured in this year’s Parade of Homes. 1300 WEST 17TH STREET, owned by Geoff and Shelly Elrod, was built in 1999 by Shirley Siler (Shelly’s mother) on 14 acres of land. The home was built by Johnny McBee and Kenneth Adams and was later sold to the Elrods in August. Special features of the home include a white Austin stone fireplace with a built-in antique mantel. Antique dressers cut to house the sinks in the two bathrooms of the home add to the home’s luster. The kitchen cabinets were built by Steve Wilson and make good use of a small area for storage. Concrete floors were stained to resemble saltillo tile and then scored into three-foot squares. Currently, the Elrods are bringing in large rocks to line the property’s driveway. In addition, handmade furniture made from lodge pole pine from Colorado has recently been added. 1400 WEST 17TH STREET, owned by Jim and Nelda Roberts, was built in 1998 and contains approximately 3,178 square feet of living space. Roberts served as his own contractor, utilizing the talent of local construction companies to complete the project. The gate to the property announces the name of the home, “Bluebonnet Spread.” Though not named after the state flower, “Bluebonnet Spread” carries a different name than the title implies. Roberts was an employee of Nabisco for 46 years and during a portion of those years, Bluebonnet (margarine spread) was one of the company’s top selling items. “I feel it helped pay for the place,” explained Roberts. Blown glass and old world Santas which are an integral part of the Roberts’ Christmas decor will be one of the highlights offered with this home’s tour. Mrs. Roberts is the artist responsible for all of the home’s oil and watercolor paintings. “We are happy and eager to open our home for this special event,” added the Roberts. 6169 WEST 17TH STREET (FM 2028, six miles west McShan’s), owned by Gary and Reva Wagner, was built in 1984 on 10 oak-filled acres. The Wagners moved into the country home in 1988. The home sits toward the back of the lot so that the front of the house has an unobstructed panoramic view of Brady Lake from the full-length front porch. A circle drive located at the front of the property features a flagpole where the Wagners proudly fly the Texas flag. Immediately upon entering the house you are in the “great room” which features a vaulted ceiling and a rock fireplace complete with custom built shelves on each side that hold books and a miniature chair collection. The room also houses other collections of Texana items, windmills, old signs and the Wagner’s extensive Dept. 56 Snow Village collection with over 60 lighted pieces and numerous accessories. The Wagners find themselves adding to the collection each year. A sunroom on the back of the house holds more collections and a wonderful view of the backyard which is accentuated with a fishpond complete with goldfish and lilypads. An open patio on the left of the house has a water fountain and the covered patio on the right of the house is used often for family barbecues. The house features a three-car garage and a covered shed which houses some of the Wagner’s collectible cars and the playhouse keeps their grandchildren happy. Just east of the house is an aeromotor windmill and water tank. The Wagner’s enjoy having family and friends over for entertaining and fellowship. LOCATED ON CALF CREEK ROAD (two miles south of West 17th Street), this home is owned by Joe and DeAnn Evridge. This two-story country home rests in the center of 42 undisturbed wildlife acres and has been home to the Evridge family for almost 13 years. Both Joe and DeAnn enjoy going on antique hunts as well as deer hunts and their special “finds” are displayed throughout their spacious home. The octagonal trophy room is a favorite of Evridge’s and displays some of his lifelong treasures, while Mrs. Evridge’s favorite room is on the opposite end of the house filled with Shirley Temple and Hollywood memorabilia that she has been collecting for the past 20 years. Their newly converted garage contains everything one might find in the turn of the century general store. Special collections can be seen throughout the home and range from marbles, dolls and buttons to antique toys, sports memorabilia and even mouse traps. The Evridge’s enjoy living a laid back lifestyle in their casual and kid-friendly home. 2104 STANTON, the homeowned by Larry and Mary Ann Smith was built in 1972 after E.J. Wall convinced the Smiths that this was “just the house they needed.” Since that time, they have added on four times’the most recent expansion enlarged the couple’s master bedroom and introduced a new master bath. Their home is filled with lots and lots of Christmas decorations’Mrs. Smith’s Snow Village collection being of great interest. “Larry is afraid to stand still for too long this time of year,” said Mrs. Smith. “I think he’s afraid I might cover him with tinsel and Christmas lights.” There are numerous Christmas pictures, pillows and towels that are accentuated by Mrs. Smith’s cross-stitching. Christmas is a favorite time of the year for the Smiths’, and they are delighted to have their home included in this year’s Parade of Homes. 802 GRAND AVE., is one of the homes featured this year and is owned by Mike and Cheryl Smith. In 1929 the original part of the home was built by Mr. and Mrs. S.A. Benham, department store proprietors on the downtown square in Brady. The Benham’s daughter, Lucille, resided at the property until her death in 1982 at which time it was given to the First Christian Church who sold it to Jack and Nelda White. The Whites completed an extensive renovation in 1983, leaving as much of the original features as possible. Well-planned additions included a large kitchen, a den in the rear of the home and two bedrooms, three upstairs baths, a side porch located off of the den in the courtyard and a large screened-in porch. The Smiths and their three children purchased the home in July 1994 and have thoroughly enjoyed the home’s special features with plenty of room for school, church and other activities. Most of the handmade Christmas decorations can be credited to Cheryl’s mother and aunt with special attention being placed on the lighted Christmas tree collage that hangs over the fireplace in the den and displays old costume jewelry and watches. Many of their childrens’ handmade ornaments hang from greenery in the old kitchen area.

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