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Holiday Mountain Home Tour comes to Frisco

Frisco homeowners are opening up their residences for a Holiday Mountain Home Tour to benefit Timberline Adult Day Services. The tour, on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature six Frisco homes elaborately decked out for the holiday season.

This is the third time the tour has been put on to benefit Timberline, a nonprofit that provides daytime care for adults with special needs. Home Tour tickets include a Frisco home tour map; grab-and-go continental breakfast; and a lunch featuring soup, bread, salad and dessert served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Summit County Community and Senior Center.

The event draws around 100 people, and this year, the coordinators have added some new activities in hopes to exceed those numbers.

Santa's Village, created by Doug Robinson and Lisa Holenko, will be set up to visit from 2–5 p.m. at 529 S. Second Ave. in Frisco. Tickets are $5 at the door, and hot chocolate and candy canes will be served.

"A young couple that have been living here for three years, they've had this Santa Village in storage and they were just so anxious and willing to set it up above their garage," said Emily Baumgartner, one of the event organizers.

"They just moved in to a new home over in the Peak 1 neighborhood, and they wanted to set it up for the neighborhood kids anyway, and they had the idea of saying, 'Hey lets just add this as part of the tour for the kids,' because there is nothing really for the kids. They built steps up above the garage, and it was just this warm, cozy feeling, the perfect place for a Santa Village. Everything is animated and mechanical and lit up, just something fun for the kids."

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Another highlight of the event will be the silent auction for tabletop Christmas trees decorated by local businesses, said Shelly Michell, Timberline Board member and event organizer. The 14 trees will be on display at the senior center until Saturday, and sheets are already out accepting bids.

"We have some really special, fun trees this year," Michell said.

Also on sale to raise money for Timberline are Christmas cookies made by local bakers. The treats will be available at the senior center as well.

Tickets are $20 per person and will be available at the door at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Summit County Community and Senior Center.


Timberline Adult Day Services is a nonprofit providing daytime care for adults 18 and older with special needs, including those living with Alzheimer's disease, Cerebral Palsy, traumatic brain injuries, developmental disabilities or a mild intellectual disability.

Michell said the fundraiser helps a nonprofit that is an important part of the community.

"Several of us that are organizing (the Homes Tour) are on the board of Timberline, so we have kind of a deep love for the organization and the niche that they fill in the community, helping some of the participants who typically fall through the cracks," she said. "They have different diagnoses, mental health and physical challenges, and sometimes there just aren't very many resources to help these people, and for them and their caregivers, Timberline is a really special place. Our tagline is 'where friends gather,' and it's truly the essence of what it is to be a part of the group that goes to Timberline. They become friends, they take care of each other, they do activities. We have an age range from 18-96, so there is a lot of diversity in the participants that go to Timberline."

Trained staff and volunteers provide activities, crafts, exercise, and pet and music therapy. One of the great things about Timberline, Michell said, is it is the only organization that provides these types of services in a five-mountain region. So those living in Eagle, Grand, Pitkin or Jackson counties can also utilize the facility.

"I think a part of it too is what it does for the caregiver — they have an afternoon to have to themselves, knowing that their loved one is cared for," Baumgartner said.


What: Holiday Mountain Home Tour benefiting Timberline Adult Day Services

When: Saturday, Dec. 12; 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lunch will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Santa’s Village is from 2–5 p.m. at 529 S. Second Avenue in Frisco

Cost: Tickets are $20 per person and will be available at the door at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Summit County Community and Senior Center located at 0083 Nancy’s Place, County Road 1014, Frisco

Santa’s Village tickets are $5 at the door.