‘Marvelous’ views: Tour of Homes attracts hundreds

Parked in the warm sun, cars lined the side of road Sunday as hundreds of people throughout the day walked up the drive of Jana and Jim Ashba’s home at 11835 Canning Factory Road.

Linda Blosser, a member of the Women’s Civic League of Wapakoneta, greeted people at the front door as they toured one of three homes during the annual Showcase of Homes.

“The day has been going very well,” event chair Lois Dammeyer said. “We have had a steady stream of visitors. The weather has been great and the people are all impressed with the homes on the tour.”

Proceeds from the $7 ticket for the tour helps fund the Karing for Kids project, which benefits children in the Wapakoneta City School District. Women’s Civic League of Wapakoneta members formed the Karing for Kids project in 2006 with the hope that by providing for needs and significant wants the students of Wapakoneta City Schools might become better citizens. The objective for the Karing for Kids project is to help each child be “a part of” rather than “apart from” his or her peers.

Standing in the sunroom of one home, Women’s Civic League member Karen Dietz said the people like the different styles of each of the homes, both in size and decorating, and the members try to have homes which meets these standards each year so visitors can see a variety.

People entering the Ashba home saw that variety in one home. They walked into the living room, a bedroom, the kitchen and dining area before going down stairs where they toured some more bedrooms and a second living room and out a back sliding door.

As she exited a bedroom, Wapakoneta resident Fran Engle commented, “This is just a beautiful home.”

When Kay Wellington entered the back portion of the home with her husband, Rollie, she looked out a curved window into a wooded area behind the home and gasped.

“That is what I like,” Kay Wellington said. “This is a marvelous view. You can look out and see the woods and deer.”

The room was part of an addition built in 2007 to accommodate Jana Ashba’s mother Trudy Simon, who was in a wheelchair and had a Hoyer lift. The Ashba’s purchased the residence in 2002. Jana Ashba’s parents Jim and Trudy Simons. They lived with the Ashbas after her parents needed help after being diagnosed with some medical conditions.

Those touring the home commented about glass cupboards used to hold books and the downstairs proved to elicit most of the comments. People walking down the stairs turned left into a television room which included a kitchen area. A bathroom and a bedroom also could be found as they walked down a hall.

To the right of the stairs and off the bedroom was a room dedicated to music from the Beatles to Darryl Hall and John Oates, from John Denver to Dan Fogelberg. Several pictures depicted the Fab Four.

Susan Myers greeted people at the home of Elsie Hecht, 134 S. Wagner St. Her home consisted of a large family room, two bedrooms, a bathroom and a kitchen with a nook for eating.

“People visiting here comment on how everything has a place and it all fits together so beautifully,” Myers said.

A large sectional wraps around two walls opposite a cherry fireplace. A floor lamp with crystal prisms and fringed burgundy table lamps highlight the room.

Curio cabinets in two rooms feature Fenton baskets and Precious Moments collections.

The kitchen decorated in red and white with a small collection of small red appliances including a small red Coca-Cola refrigerator with four bottles inside brighten the kitchen.

The manicured front lawn draws people into the home.

The spaciousness and openness of Karen and Bill Jacobs’ home at 1419 Gettysburg Drive invites people when they enter the front, Dammeyer said.

“Everybody comments on the airy feeling of this place,” said Dammeyer, who greeted people at the door along with Mary Wittwer. “I think they really enjoyed the fact that Bill and Karen have decorated all the rooms themselves. They really love the basement.”

The formal dining room is based on a French theme with a glistening display of crystal. The home included a northern Italian style in regard to some of the furniture.

Others commented on the four season sun room to the rear of the main floor which overlooks a pond.

“The sun room is very inviting,” Dietz said. “This sunroom is just delightful and this house is just wonderful.”

The basement proved attractive to the sports enthusiast, especially if they were a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes. It includes framed football programs and a large shot of the Fiesta Bowl when the Buckeyes faced off against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

It also includes a pool table and slot machines on the opposite side of the room to give one end a Las Vegas feel.

“This is a nice home,” Wapakoneta resident and Ohio State Buckeye fan Nancy Stroh said. “I really love the basement.

“When I was Jim and Jana Ashba house, it was so warm and inviting,” she said. “The Hecht home had some very nice decorations. There was just something you could take away from each home that you could incorporate into your own. It was a nice day to visit three wonderful homes.”