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19th annual Holiday Homes Tour features pre-civil war home plus two, December 4

...The cold weather is a reminder that Christmas is near, and the Harrisonville Cass County Business Women of Missouri’s 19th annual Christmas Homes Tour is available to help you get in the Christmas spirit for decorating and shopping for the holidays. The event is scheduled for Sunday, December 4, 1-5 p.m.
...The 2016 tour features three homes and three business venues, located in Pleasant Hill and Harrisonville area. Each home has a unique quality which will please the home visitors.
...Wade and Stephanie Baldridge fell in love with the yellow brick pre-Civil War house home at 502 North Armstrong in Pleasant Hill. They both love history and appreciate the workmanship that went into the older homes.
...Stephanie’s interest was piqued when she saw an auction sign in the yard. When they learned the auction would be the following day, they had to make some quick decisions. Long story shortened, they bought the historic home and started working on their restoration.
...Their initial plan was to have their restored home on the 2015 Homes Tour, but soon realized there was “too much fixing” to be completed within the time frame. They worked with the Homes Committee to promote their home as “a drive-by work in progress which would be on the 2016 tour.”
...The Baldridges hope their visitors will have an appreciation for the hours of loving devotion which has been invested in the restoration.
...The lady of the house at the Gilbert one-and-a-half story rural home, 21822 S. Ore Road, Pleasant Hill, loves to decorate for Christmas. She enjoys taking time for getting her home ready for holiday guests. She is especially fond of the vintage ornaments she has collected to add an old fashioned charm to her home’s holiday decorations.
...At 25305 E. Twin Pines, Harrisonville, the Crouch residents have effectively tied their rural setting in with their unique decorations. Mrs Crouch loves decorating her home for the holidays, and she takes pride is opening her home to the tour visitors to hopefully appreciate her time investment.
...Since the committee had trouble finding more hostesses who had the time and energy to prepare their homes for the tour, they have received a “see you next year pass,” and the committee is featuring three Business Venues, which each has a unique quality to add to the holiday tour.
...Twin Pines Events Space, located at 3001 E. Mechanic, Harrisonville, is the home base for Stephanie Eastwood’s Thyme for Seasoning Catering business. Stephanie will have a Kids Cookie class in progress was her visitors stop by on December 4.
...She is eager to have her guests become aware of ways she can help her clients take the drudgery out of hosting social events and allow her to simplify the task so they can enjoy their guests to a greater degree.
...Also in Harrisonville, Florals by Tallgrass, can deliver the most beautiful floral arrangements for all occasions. They also have an extensive gift shop with unique items which are certain to please those folks on your list who seem to have it all. Check it out. Another plus about this shop she always has “good buys” to tempt your shopping spirit.
...Back in Pleasant Hill, take time to stop by Grant’s Custom Homes showroom, at 1001 Cedar Street. Scott has earned a reputation for putting the finishing touch on his custom homes. Channel 5 television recently brought the camera crew to Pleasant Hill to gather viewing footage on a unique, “handicap accessible home,” he built for Shane Hill. Shane had done his research on builders and knew Scott was the one who could build the home he needed.
...Tickets cost $10 and may be purchased at the Pleasant Hill Times, 126 1st Street, the Pleasant Hill Bank, both locations, the Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce and Commerce Bank in Harrisonville, or call 816-540-2761. Tickets may also be purchased at any of the homes on the day of the tour.
...Proceeds from this annual event supports the organization’s general budget which includes support of Hope Haven, Cass County’s shelter for abused women and their children; the annual spaghetti dinner and dance for the Cass County special population, the Girls Leadership Camp for Cass County junior and senior girls to learn how to simplify the transition from high school to college and/or the working world and other administrative and community expenses. Additional information is available at


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