Holiday Housewalk is Dec. 1

For the first time, the Holiday Housewalk will join forces with the Holiday Market to present a full day of fun and philanthropy. Gather up your friends and family on Dec. 1 and make your first stop The Galena Territory Association Owners’ Club. Take some time to shop for gifts in the Social Hall and then purchase your tickets to the Housewalk from our “elves” in the Lounge. Homemade cookies and cider will be on the menu as you plan your drive through The Galena Territory to see five beautifully decorated homes. Don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets for the exquisite quilts created by Quilters of The Territory and the Sew ‘n’ So’s. Proceeds from the raffle benefit the Richard Peterson EMT Endowment Fund. A special thank you to our housewalk hosts for opening their homes, and to all of you for attending in support of six Jo Daviess County charities. Your participation shows how much The Territory cares!

Holiday Housewalk details

When – Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where – Tour begins at The Galena Territory Association Owners’ Club where maps will be available

Tickets – Cost $12 and are sold until 2:30 p.m.

Why – Proceeds benefit various Jo Daviess County charities

The Reynolds House

7 Wildflower Rim
Charity: Safe Haven Humane Society

The Reynolds’ “forever home” was first purchased as a weekend retreat in 2011, but it didn’t take long for them to become full-timers. Having previously lived in Chicago and Denver, they now appreciate the peace and serenity of The Territory’s nature-centered environment. Monique chose Safe Haven as their charity as a way of honoring her late mother, who was a lifetime pet rescuer and adopter of homeless animals. Enjoy their ever-evolving tribute tree adorned with everything from construction paper ornaments, made when their children were in kindergarten, to priceless heirlooms and cherished gifts from friends. This year another ornament makes its debut to signify their latest grandchild!

The Johnson House

10 Obadiah Drive
Charity: The Galena Center for the Arts

Since 1996, Kathy has enjoyed the natural beauty and rolling hills of The Territory. Having previously lived in Skokie and Evanston, just north of Chicago, the slower pace, yet easy access to O’Hare Airport mattered to her. Why is O’Hare so important? Because Kathy is a member of the American Philatelic Society. She’s a stamp expert! Kathy has traveled the world judging at stamp conventions. Will we see some samples intermixed with her Christmas displays? Possibly, but we ARE certain to see her mid-century holiday decorations and LOTS of lights. You may even see Kathy driving around The Territory checking out your light display, one of her favorite memories as a child and now as a Territory resident!

The Tolva House

7 Blackberry Trail
Charity: The American Cancer Society, Galena Chapter

Over 30 years! That’s how long Beth has been enjoying The Territory, first purchasing a townhouse and then building this current home as the family grew. Eventually, the move was made from Oakbrook to this lovely home on Blackberry Trail. To this day, Beth continues a special Christmas tradition she experienced as a child. Being one of five children, they were told to line up on the staircase according to age, youngest to oldest. Upon receiving the signal that Santa had arrived, they were then allowed to come down and receive their presents. Beth now continues this tradition with her grandchildren. As you tour, look for her extensive Santa collection, a tree in every room and the family heirloom hanging in the great room. Will he also be decorated? (That’s a hint!)

The Kowal House

31 Tanager Lane
Charity: Volunteer Visitors of Northwest Illinois

“A proud little town that loves visitors and loves a parade!” That’s how Laura described Galena and what brought her to live in The Territory after having lived in Arlington Heights, Minneapolis and Los Angeles. As you tour, be sure to pay close attention to the tree ornaments, many of which were created by local artist Geoffrey Mikol. Laura will also be showcasing her many quilts, wreaths, runners and placemats made from recycled clothing. The importance of family and faith is evidenced in the selection of her charity, Hospice of Northwest Illinois. Laura volunteers at the Elizabeth Nursing Home and sees hospice at work there every day. Enjoy your walk through this unique log home!

The Galer House

3 Timberon Trail
Charity: Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF)

The list of places where Karen and Larry have lived sounds like the beginning of a song. “I’ve been to Minnesota, Maine, Michigan and Missouri. California, Washington, Arkansas and Florida. Portugal, Spain, Japan and The Azores (and then some). I’ve been everywhere, but I love The Galena Territory the best!” Owners since 2008, their love of gardening, nature and golf fills their days. That love of nature is illustrated in their choice of charity, JDCF. Sure to bring a smile is their Charlie Brown Christmas Tree, their Turkish hand-woven kilim Santa Claus and needlework and quilts lovingly made by Karen. Also look for their collection of ornaments and toys dating back to 1940. But wait, there’s more! Find the Larry Galer designed “Santa’s Electronic Workshop.” Enjoy!