Altrusa prepares for annual Home Tour

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

Five homes have been selected for the annual Altrusa Home Tour that will take place 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Funds raised from the annual event go toward scholarships to attend Eastern New Mexico University and to buy 1,000 books for third-graders, according to Frankye King, tour chairwoman.

The local civic group also purchases and puts together Foster Kids Care Bags, which are filled with personnel hygiene items that are given to children after they have been taken from their home. This allows the child to have their own items, King said.

Tammy Gardner and her family have worked hard to renovate their home on West 14th Street in Portales since they moved in four months ago.

In the three weeks Gardner’s husband Jay was home from his job overseas, the couple ripped out carpet, laid a new floor and did other renovations, Gardner said.

The home is decorated with antiques, many purchased in Europe.

“I just love antiques,” Gardner said.

The living area features a rock fireplace and a rock archway leads into the kitchen.

Each of the rooms are painted a different color and decorated with unique touches. In the guest bedroom is an iron bed with a collection of antique hats displayed and arranged above the bed.

The most unique feature of the home is the infinity bath tub. To fill the tub, water falls from a faucet in the ceiling. It takes approximately 30 minutes for the tub to fill then it recirculates, Gardner said.

“When it’s full, it pushes up and over like a waterfall,” Gardner said.

Located off of N.M. 206 is the sprawling brick home of Harold and Peggy Davis. The home was designed by Peggy and features an open floor plan, eliminating hallways.

Off the central living room is a small sunroom with large windows which open onto the back porch.

The home is decorated in a variety of themes. Both of the guest bedrooms are decorated to reflect an air of warmth and comfort, says Peggy. The large master bedroom is decorated in both country and woodland themes.

Off the master bedroom is a office that is decorated with pharmacy memorabilia that reflects Peggy’s career as a pharmacist.

The home also features a large porch that wraps around the front and both sides of the home. The porch includes three separate sitting areas.

The home, which sits on 10 acres, includes a small, waterfowl-filled pond that was built by Harold.

“The deck is real nice in the evening to sit on and listen to the water,” Harold said.

At a glance

What: Altrusa Home Tour

When: Sunday

Time: 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Contact: 356-4212

Tickets: $7 in advance from Altrusa members or $8 at the door of any home on the day of the tour.

Homes on the Tour

• Bert and Sandra Wofford
7975 NM 206

• Jay and Tammi Gardner
1408 West 17th Lane

• Mickey and Debra Hargrove
2020 West Cherry Street

• Keith and Laura Thomas
117 Yucca Drive

• Harold and Peggy Davis
8040 N.M. 206

All of the homes on the tour will be marked with signs.