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Omega Nu ushers in the season with Holiday Home Tour

By Kyla Cathey/Lodi Living Editor | Posted: Thursday, November 23, 2017 7:30 am

As the days grow shorter and colder and holiday cheer begins to fill the air, area residents will have the once-a-year opportunity to see how others celebrate Christmas.

The Omega Nu Holiday Home Tour is coming, and five Lodi families will open their cheery, decorated homes to visitors for one day only on Dec. 3. This year’s tour includes two historical homes and Weibel WInery, which will play host for a campagne brunch.

“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” said Ali Colarossi, an Omega Nu member who helps to organize the tour each year.

The way it works is that each homeowner receives $1,000 to donate to the charity of their choice. In exchange, they go all out decorating their home for the holidays, and open it to visitors on the day of the tour.

Omega Nu then charges visitors on the tour. Once the club has taken an accounting of the proceeds, members choose a charity or multiple nonprofits to receive additional donations.

“There are a number of charities that we’ve loyally supported over the years,” Colarossi said.

In the past, the home tour has supported local nonprofits including the World of Wonders Science Museum, San Joaquin Cancer Kids, Lodi House, the Salvation Army, and the Boys and Girls Club.

The Lodi chapter selects new homes to participate every year, based on a number of criteria.

“We always look for a variety of homes, and definitely families who decorate for the holidays,” Colarossi said.

Some of the homeowners reach out to the club and offer to join in the fun, she said. Sometimes club members know a home that would be perfect for the tour, and make the connections needed. Geography is also a factor while they’re planning the route, she said.

This year, there’s a special surprise for history lovers going on the tour.

“There are two homes in particular that I think are very interesting,” Colarossi said.

The Langford Estate was built in the mid-1800s, and the home traveled by boat from Maine to California. The Marken home dates to 1922, when it was built for a fruit packing magnate. Both homes are on the Register of Historic Places.

Omega Nu invites the community to join the Lodi chapter for brunch and a tour of these local homes.

Weibel Winery

Start the day with a champagne brunch at Weibel Winery, 1 Winemaster Way.

“We actually hosted the brunch at Weibel last year as well, and it was a really nice addition to the home tour,” Colarossi said.

The Weibels immigrated to the United States from Switzerland in 1937, and by the 1940s and 1950s they were making wine in Fresno. In 1996, the family and their winery relocated to Woodbridge, where they’ve been ever since.

The winery will host tour guests for a brunch catered by Midtown Creperie, along with a glass of Weibel champagne or wine. Guests will be able to do some holiday shopping with Ainslie Lane Cookie Studio, Bam Treats, Jaycee Lane Boutique, Rustic Hope Chest, Lovely Girl Mobile Boutique, Posh by Katie, Premier Designs Jewelry, Scentsy Candles, eSBe designs jewelry, Homestead Favorites, Cinnamon Bay Clothing, Lodi Barrel Designs and Custom Couture. A raffle will also be held.

The brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Langford Estate

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Now located in Acampo, construction on the Langford home began in 1848 in Maine. The home was shipped by boat around Cape Horn at the southern end of South America and up to California. It was then shipped up the Mokelumne River to Acampo, where it stands today.

The home was originally built for State Sen. Ben Langford, who represented the Lodi area. Langford was a local farmer and co-founded the Bank of Lodi.

The home is now owned by Dario Frommer and Lorraine Paskett, who also have roots in farming and politics. Frommer has served in the State Assembly, including a stint as majority leader, and Paskett grew up farming walnuts and grapes in Lodi.

The pair live in Southern California much of the year but use the home along with family and friends at various times throughout the year. They are building a tasting room for Paskett Winery on the grounds.

They donated to Lodi House and the Lodi Arts Commission.

Marken Home

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The home now owned by the Marken family was built in 1922 for James A. Anderson and his daughters, Alta and Hattie.

Anderson managed a fruit packing plant near the Lodi train station. When it burned down in 1921, he rebuilt it was the newest technology, making it the first modern refrigerated plant in California. It wasn’t the last “first” in the Anderson family; when James passed away, Alta Anderson became the first female packing plant manager in California.

When Dave and Virginia Marken purchased the home in 2015, it still had several of its original, historic features: a laundry chute, the original wood floors, coved ceilings and more. They’ve worked to restore the home in the city’s Heritage District.

The Markens donated to the LOEL Senior Center.

Della Monica Home

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Another historic home, the Della Monicas live in one of the first homes built in a “planned neighborhood” after Lodi’s incorporation. They’ve lived in their 1909 home on West Locust Street for the past 20 years.

Christmas is a favorite holiday for Cindy and John Della Monica. They switch their usual artwork for winter scenes, display a collection of snowman and Santa Claus figures, display a vast collection of handmade and specially chosen ornaments.

The couple donated to the World of Wonders Science Museum.

Parises Home

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Paul and Kristie Parises are thrilled to open their still-new home to guests. They purchased the Muirfield Drive residence not long after it was built in 2014. With high ceilings and an open floor plan, it seemed the ideal home for a couple who love to entertain.

The pair decorates each year while listening to favorite Christmas songs, and they don’t hold back. Visitors will be able to view their extensive collection of holiday decor.

The couple donated to the animal advocacy nonprofit PALS, which assists the Lodi Animal Shelter.

Mims Home

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Judy Mims recently moved into this vintage Lodi home. Built in 1942, it was once the home of Jack Chappell, the locally famous Lodi swim coach.

To go with her vintage home, Mims has carefully decorated each room with vintage Christmas decor, along with ceramic items made by her mother, including a manger scene. The tree is adorned with more than 30 years of Hallmark ornaments, along with gifts from her elementary students.

An advocate for children, Mims has donated to the Dan Brown House. Named after the founder of the One-Eighty Teen Center, the Dan Brown House provides counseling services to teens and their families.

Tickets for the home tour cost $50, which includes entry to all five homes and the champagne brunch at Weibel Winery.

“The tickets are available from any Omega Nu member, but that’s only until Sunday,” Colarossi said. After that, tickets will still be available at Omega Nu’s website or at House of Coffees in Lodi.