Tour to include houses, shop

By Lynn R. Parks

As part of the sixth annual Christmas house tour sponsored by the Seaford Lioness Club, Debby and Bart Hastings will celebrate the opening of their new shop in downtown Seaford. Autumn Bay Framing Co. will officially open Monday, Dec. 10. But the shop, located in the Caffe Sarajevo building in the former location of Cranberry Hill, will welcome participants of the house tour Sunday, Dec. 9, from 1 to 7 p.m. “It is a great way to get our name out and to let people know that we are here,” said Debby Hastings. Her shop, formerly located next to her home outside Seaford, participated in the tour last year and had about 200 visitors, she added. On display during the tour will be a selection of the framing material the Hastings use, as well as several prints and photographs that they have framed. The store will also sell crafts created by Marge and Bob Ellis, Seaford, as well as wreaths made of all-natural materials by Bart Hastings’ mother, Grace.
“We are doing our part to help the economy,” Bart Hastings said. “We are moving ahead with our plans, regardless of what the media says about the recession.” “I wanted to be downtown,” his wife added. “And I love this building. It is sort of like what I always wanted our shop to look like.” Autumn Bay will be one of seven stops on the Christmas tour, the club’s sixth. According to club spokeswoman Judy Rhodes, proceeds from the tour benefit community projects including the Festival of Trees and the Miss and Little Miss Seaford pageants. The club also buys eyeglasses for people who have trouble affording them, help send children to diabetes camp and adopt a needy family during the holidays. It also supports the Soroptimist Club. Homes on the tour will include that of Frank and Leigh Ann Parks, 535 N. Willey St. Leigh Ann Parks said that she and her husband have been getting ready for the tour since the beginning of October.

“It all started with new windows,” she said. “Then we had to paint the trim, then the walls looked dingy. We have painted about half the house.” They have also installed a new bathroom floor. Parks said that she will have four Christmas trees on display, one real and three artificial. She will also have art work created by her mother, Diane Spicer, Seaford, on display. Robert and Georgena will also have four trees on display, each with a different decorating theme: Victorian, the family tree, a candy tree and the children’s tree. “The children’s tree is 36 years old,” Georgena Clagg said. It is decorated with non-breakable toys. The Claggs have lived in their home at 14 E. Poplar St. for four years. They have done a lot of renovation work on the Victorian House, Georgena Clagg said, and are looking forward to having members of the community visit it.
Melissa Meredith, who lives on Old Meadow Road, said that she and her husband, John, are not doing anything special to ready for the tour. “We are just doing our normal Christmas stuff,” she said. That means one tree, greenery gathered from the yard and candles in the windows. Also on the tour will be the homes of state Rep. Tina Fallon, Old Meadow Road, and Bruce and Brenda Reed, Malihorn Crest. The Methodist Manor House will also be open the day of the tour, from 1 to 4, and will serve refreshments.

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