Holiday Parade of Homes

December 18, 2018 GMT

Editor, Daily Times:

Five festively decorated homes and good December weather brought 300-plus viewers to the 25th anniversary of Watertown’s Parade of Homes. Thank you foremost to the homeowners who graciously opened their beautifully decorated homes: Andrew and Robin Kaufmann, Pete Charles and Keri Klein, James and Sue Mattek, Mike and Carmen Scher and MaryAnn Mueller.

Proceeds of over $6,000 will be divided between the Main Street Program for downtown beautification projects and Weekend Food to Go and Grow, this year’s chosen beneficiary. Weekend Food to Go and Grow provides a weekly duffel bag of nutritious food to hungry children (primary kindergarten) and their families on the weekend, when free school breakfasts and lunches are not available.

Special thanks to these businesses and individuals: Bob Martens, our jolly Santa for 12 years and counting, Watertown Daily Times for continued support of our event, Wepco Printing, Bradow Jewelers, Piggly Wiggly for donation of shoe bags, Sandra D’s for storing and distributing the raffle items, Joe Meyers for his continued donation of hand crafted wood items and Dan Ramthun for overseeing our Facebook page. Thank you to our ticket sellers: Tribeca GalleryCafé and Books, Hometown Pharmacy, Piggly Wiggly and Watertown Ace Hardware, all of Watertown.

Thank you to 18 local businesses that support our event: Keck Furniture Company; Carew Heating & A/C; Peirick’s Kitchen & Bath; Buss Electrical Contracting LLC; Town & Country Inspections LLC; Y’s Way Flooring; Shorewest Realtors, Tom Schultz; Set Apart Art; A Hair Off Main; Grandma Hearts Book Series by Dionne Kelm; Norwex by Sue Armstrong; A&S Plumbing Inc.; Marquardt Village; Hafemeister Funeral Home & Cremation Services; Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Shrier LLP; Katherine Holle House; Bennett Barn and River Bend Resort.

Thank you very much to our generous raffle donators, for the large selection of beautiful items: ENVO Nail Studio & Boutique, Far Horizons, Dionne Kelm-Grandma Hearts, Mullen’s Dairy Bar, Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters, Sue Armstrong, Elite Image Hair Studio, The Chic Boutique, Wes Kehl, Bradow Jewelers, Ava’s A Posh Boutique, Elegant Arrangements by Maureen, Health Nut, Facilitated Healing, Mystical Creations, Kraemer’s Cheese, Carew Heating & Air Conditioning, Mary Potts.

Thank you to our volunteers for your generous gift of time: Shelly Kind, Deb Scher, Wendy Jenks, Kris Hensler, Jillian Yanick, Connie Braatz, Ashley Peirick, DesiRae Bliefernicht, Mary Traeger, Sally Bovee, Susie Mariani, Tammy Rosenow, Jane Nehls, Tom Good, Megan Klein, Tom Bennett, Judy Metlach, Joelle Klein, Tammy Neumann, Rachel Schroeder, Phyllis Duddeck, Jennifer Mattek, Luke Mattek, Beth Leis, Melissa Lampe, Kristi Ruggles, Dianna Kaufmann, Geof Kaufmann, Joani Prohl, Vickie Broge, Mark Carew and Vicki Strohm.

The committee is eager to hear from any interested homeowners regarding future tour consideration. The criteria to be considered is a well-kept, holiday decorated home. If you are interested, please contact the Main Street Program at 920-261-6320. Mark your calendars for the 2019 Holiday Parade of Homes set for Sunday, Dec. 1. We hope to see you there.

Autumn Carew, Wanda Fredrick, Karen Ramthun, Lisa Maass-Earle

Parade of Homes Steering Committee