Westfield’s Annual ‘Home for the Holiday’s' House Tour Returns

The third annual event will take place on Saturday.

Four homes will be featured on the Dec. 7 'Home for the Holidays' House Tour.
Four homes will be featured on the Dec. 7 'Home for the Holidays' House Tour.

The Westfield “Home for the Holidays” House Tour on Saturday will feature four Westfield homes decorated for the holidays.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Docents from Title Sponsor, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and Westfield West Office will greet visitors of each home and holiday music from the Continuo Arts Foundation will provide some holiday cheer.

“We are thrilled with the exquisite homes and generous homeowners on this year’s tour” Home Tour Chair Sherrie Natko said. 

Cristoffer’s and Kay Cross will provide floral arraignments and designers Gail Marner, Peggy Schott and L’Image Design Studio will assist homeowners in staging and design. Painting etc. and Karen Kaplowitz piano tuning will provide additional community support. 

The featured properties on this year’s tour include (descriptions provided by the Home Tour):

  1. Nestled in the heart of Westfield’s Indian Forest neighborhood sits the Colonial style home of Dean and Christina Serratelli.  Built in 1938 by Phoenix Building Company it was completely renovated in 2006. Leaving the main structure intact but adding to both sides and the back, the extensive makeover took close to two years.  This remarkable home embraces traditional style but incorporates many custom features.  The grand dining room features a John Widdecomb table that expands to 90” round and though equally warm and inviting, each room of this gracious home is unique in its décor.  The Singers, Continuo Arts Advanced Girls ensemble will perform throughout the day and lead tour guests in sing-a-longs of holiday favorites. Westfield resident Olivia McElheny if one of 16 outstanding young vocalists in the Singers ensemble.

    2. An elegant St. Marks colonial, complete with its hilltop setting, has been the home of the Sisto family since 1996.  The overall exterior appeal and interior décor successfully combine the owners striking style with extraordinary comfort. The recently updated gourmet kitchen is the heart and soul of this stunning, six bedroom home. A large entrance foyer will lead guests into the living room complete with a grand piano.  Westfield’s Prestine Allen and the Continuo Arts Associate Conductor Tom Colao will play holiday and popular favorites with a special guest performance by soprano Shannon Hunt.

  1. 3.   A circa 1883 Victorian is the oldest home on the tour.  It has been tastefully updated and lovingly maintained by Melanie and Bill Penders.  The generous foyer welcomes guests with its high ceilings, a 1920's crystal chandelier and ornate staircase with original balusters.  Tin ceilings were added to both the entrance foyer and the formal dining room a few years ago and the double parlor is perfect for entertaining or to be enjoyed relaxing by the original, wood-burning fireplace. Special music will be provided by The Continuos, a boys ensemble which includes Westfield’s own Charlie McCready, PJ Allen, Dallas Wicke & Dylan Wicke.

  1. 4.  Gracious and inviting, the stately Euclid home of Michelle and Mario Massa was built in 1910 and boast many fine original architectural details and fixtures.  Purchased and extensively renovated in 2002, this Victorian style home features a grand entrance, foyer, sitting room and spacious dining room with original leaded glass windows.  The gourmet kitchen is complete with custom cabinetry, granite counter tops, breakfast bar and decorative moldings.  The Chanticleers, Continuo Arts Intermediate Girls Chorus, will be musical guests with ensemble President and Westfielder Maggie Bergen leading the way.

Each houseguest receives a holiday gift envelope featuring discounts and specials and one home will feature raffle items. Winners will be announced at the annual “Christmas Time in the City” Holiday Concert Extravaganza at the Presbyterian Church of Westfield on Dec. 15th. 

Ticket prices are $30 in advance or $35 at the door.  Tickets can be purchased at Coldwell Banker Westfield West Office or online at www.continuoarts.com or by calling 908-264-5324.


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