Deck the Halls of Keota: Part Two

Stuffed smiles and shimmering tinsel help the Cherie and Scott Westendorf home look cheerful and festive.

Keota – The November 21st issue of the Keota Eagle included a glimpse into three of the five places on Keota’s Tour of Homes on December 1, 2018.

         First, the home of Seth and Jacayla Milledge, located at 2034 Keokuk Washington Road, showed us a sneak peak into a house many people have been wanting to see in its restored state. What better way than with a Christmas tree in every room? Next we caught Santa keeping an eye on the “Cowboy Tree” at the home of Jane Denny at 107 North Baker Street. After that, a very excited big sister invited us to the home of Noah and Sky Hahn at 31353 242nd Street to see her huge Christmas tree.

         With so much holiday cheer awaiting the parade of home tourists, no wonder two issues were needed to fit all the joy in.         The home of Cherie and Scott Westendorf is no exception. The holiday cheer glows from this home, with tons of smiling snowmen and not to mention a bit of team spirit too.

         Fuzzy furry friends surrounded by lights and tinsel bring up the nostalgia of the child Christmas. Amid the collection of snowmen and angels, stands a Hawkeye Tree masterpiece leaving no doubt that this family ‘bleeds black and gold.’

         The Westendorf’s have been married for 17 years and have lived in their home since 2010, so the collection of ornaments store all the family memories of Christmas Past.

         “It was very nice to be asked to be on the Tour of Homes! It was a little extra work, but I hope everyone enjoys our decorations as much as we do,” Cherie said.

         Another stop on the tour will take you out in the country on the same road as the Hahn home, just down a few rolling hills to the west. Look to the sky and let the 130-foot steeple be the guide to your next stop at SS Peter and Paul’s Clear Creek Church, 30832 242nd Street, Harper.

         The legacy of this church is a beautiful one. First kept pristine by parishioners since its construction in 1898. The church is now in the tender care of the Clear Creek Heritage Association, who have not only preserved its historical value, but also updated where possible to make the church a venue large enough to hold many events like weddings and celebrations.

         The day after the Tour of Homes, SS Peter and Paul will be hosting the Southeast Iowa Symphony Chamber Orchestra, and the Iowa Wesleyan University Concert Choir at 2 p.m. This annual event not only showcases the natural beautiful acoustics of the church, but also the updated sound system installed by the Heritage Association.

         Among the holiday decorations at SS Peter and Paul the tourists will also have a chance to glimpse the recently restored stained-glass windows; another project recently accomplished by the Heritage Association.

          The Parade of Homes, from 2:30-7:00 p.m., is an annual event that has been organized for the past three years by the Keota Eagle Advocates. This year’s proceeds will be directed towards the Keota School. Tickets are $10.00 and may be purchased directly at the homes on the tour, or from any of the various sponsors: Sheetz Chiropractic, Just My Style, Lyle Insurance, and Libertyville Savings Bank. There will also be tickets available at the Holiday Market from 10-2 at the Holy Trinity Parish Center. The list of nearly thirty vendors  that will be having product displays at the Holiday Market is below.


For the rest of this story, check out the November 28th issue of the Keota Eagle.