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Winter Wonderland Tour of Homes

Dec. 5, 5:30 p.m.: The tour will begin at Watson-Luckey House, 454 E. Hill St. Chauferred transportation provided with last tour leaving at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and are available at Peacock Hill, Luckey Printing and the Chamber office. Enjoy the homes of Bud and Julia Lunceford, Betty Stanley, John and Linda Bieltz, Bonnie Brown and Andy and Angela Blair. See previews weekly in The McDuffie Mirror.



The home of Linda, John, Kayla and Jay Bieltz was built in 1987 in the back of Belle Meade Subdivision. It was purchased by the Bieltzs in 1994 after Dr. Bieltz's completion of his residency in York, Pa.

It has been renovated over the past several years to upgrade it to today's standards.

The exterior of this Hilton Head style home and its double garage is covered with stained vertical cypress lap siding and has a spacious three-level deck on the rear that overlooks the 15th fairway of Belle Meade Country Club.

The upper level has two bedrooms, 2.5 baths, dining, living, kitchen/breakfast room, while the lower level walk-out basement has one bedroom/bath, game room, laundry, storage and large den.

The Bieltzs enjoy both the traditional and whimsical sides of Christmas.

Mrs. Bieltz has an extensive Fitz & Floyd collection in her breakfast room and kitchen.



This lovely home, situated in a beautiful country setting, has been the home of Andy and Angela Blair since 1998.

Upon entering the property through a lighted wrought-iron gate, you follow a drive as it winds between horses grazing in the pasture.

The home, built in 1970 as a single ranch style home, was modified by the previous owners. A mother-in-law suite was added over the garage.

Step down into the sunken living and dining room. A life-size Nutcracker stands guard in the glow of twinkling lights. French doors open wide to enhance the large rooms. Peacocks roost in a Christmas tree.

Andy and Angela's renovations fit the love of entertaining their family and friends.

Special times have been spent around the kitchen's island and shooting pool in the game room.

In the sunroom overlooking the pool, you can see Santa through the candy garland waiting to take a dip. Got a chill? A snowman greets you by the hot tub.

Every room holds a little Christmas magic. Angela's collection of Jacqueline Kent's Carolers will inspire memories of cheerful Christmas carols.

Listen closely; you'll think they're singing!



The home of Bonnie Breit Brown was purchased during mid-construction as a "Spec" home.

Bonnie enlisted the help of interior designer Lee Anne Cowart. It then became a grand cottage to reflect the lifestyle and history of Bonnie's family. She was born and raised in Hancock County. Upon retiring she decided to make Thomson home to be closer to her daughter's family (Caroline and Mike Sowell & boys Blake and Bryce).

Bonnie was truly coming home, for her mother was born in McDuffie County and had moved to Sparta in 1942.

Much of the artwork throughout the home was painted by Janice Breit (Bonnie's mother), Martha H. Lovejoy (Bonnie's aunt), Mrs. Matthew Hall (Bonnie's great-grandmother) and Julia Ann Sanford Young (her great-great-grandmother). Mrs. Young was an art professor at Monroe Female University (later known as Bessie Tift College) in Forsyth, Georgia during the Civil War.

Bonnie's grandfather W. F. Hall who was raised in Mesena, owned what is now known as Hamburg State Park. The bed featured in her grandson's room is from the old Hamburg Clubhouse which burned approximately twenty years ago. The bed was previously the guest room bed in her grandmother's home.

Mr. Hall started out a as a lumber counter for the Knoxes. He later moved to Sparta and started his own business, W. F. Hall Lumber Co. He was chairman of The Board of Commissioners for Hancock County for many years.

His love for the outdoors led him to become a leader in the State Soil and Water Conservation Services.

Bonnie, greatly influenced by her grandparents, inherited a love for the outdoors and its beauty. She fell in love with the lot more than the house under construction.

The back of the lot boasts of the beautiful winding Maddox Creek with towering hardwoods that display a beautiful array of color in the autumn and Dogwood and Redbud blooms in the spring.

The house was redrawn and reappointed to include a sunroom and deck, to enlarge the kitchen and breakfast room area, and to ensure that each bedroom had its own private bath. All cabinets, molding and fireplace were designed by Lee Anne Cowart and Crawford Cabinets. The tile was also designed and selected by Lee Anne Cowart through Thomson Decorating. The 3" red oak floors were installed and finished by Thomson's own Jimmy Crawley.

The landscaping was designed and installed by Steve Shelton owner of American Lawn Care. His concept was to recreate an English cottage.

This house has truly become a special home for family and long time friends to enjoy.

Bonnie's eye for detail and appreciation of fine appointments is certainly reflected at Creek Side Cottage.

Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce presents

Web posted on Thursday, November 26, 2009

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