The Mason County Republican Women are proud to announce April 16, 2011 as the date of their twenty-fifth annual Home Tour.
Anniversaries invoke memories, and event memories bring to mind the people with whom the memories were made. Such is the case of the home of Janet Schmidt which was formerly the home of her mother, Judy Schmidt, an avid supporter of the MCRW Home Tours.
When Judy was in her nineties, she continued as a docent on the annual tour. Active in each phase of the MCRW, her home was always open for committee meetings and gatherings.
The MCRW honor her and all those others who were instrumental in the workings of a home tour for these twenty-five years. It is in the spirit of celebrating this anniversary and honoring those who gave so much of themselves through the years that Janet Schmidt opens her home for the 2011 Home Tour.
Built in the early 1970s after Carl, Janet’s father, asked Judy to find land in town for their home when he felt it was time to move from the ranch. True to fashion, Judy not only found the "land" which was on Post Hill overlooking both the town of Mason and the county countryside, she also drew the plans for their home.
This home at 203 Orange Street has now been updated to accommodate the lifestyle of Janet. The remodeled home is both utilitarian and attractive.
Janet, who has traveled extensively in South America and Africa, has items from these trips decorating her home as well as antique pieces from her family. This blending is a large part of the charm of this now modern home.
Also on Post Hill, on the former parade grounds of Fort Mason at 117 Spruce, is the home of Dave and Karen Sharbo. The Sharbo’s, hailing from Minnesota, discovered Mason through their work with Habitat. They spent part of four years in the City Park in an RV and in June 2010 bought this completely remodeled older home from Ray and Stephanie Villarreal who had done the astonishing remodel.
The house consists of a great room which once was several small rooms, two bedrooms, two and a half innovative baths, and a climb-up-a-ladder loft.
Worth of special notice are the framed with wood concrete floors, stained glass windows, and the multitude of old doors used throughout. The Sharbos have added their own inviting style to make it their own.
The home of Scott and Pam Evans at 649 North Live Oak has undergone more revival since last year’s tour when it was a "house in progress." Scott feels that it will continue as a work-in-progress for years to come, but a visitor will appreciate the loving, time-consuming restoration.
Formerly known as the old Henrich house, the house is made from cut sandstone with a lighter color hand carved sandstone trim. The porch across the front gives the appearance of an early Texas ranch house.
The most dramatic change this year, except for a couple of room usage changes, is the completed kitchen with up-to-date fixtures and appliances.
Many touches throughout the house have added the "flesh" to the "good bones" Pam said that they recognized about the house when they first saw it. They had a vision of its potential, and all of Mason benefit from that vision.
Next week’s article will include the remaining three homes on the tour and ticket information.