BRADENTON -- If there's no place like home for the holidays, Entre Nous, the Manatee County women's service club that is sponsoring the 37th annual Holiday Tour of Homes Saturday and Sunday, is offering a handful of opportunities to experience where the heart of Bradenton is.
The tour will visit Louis and Cristina Najmy's 3126 Riverview Blvd. home, coordinated by Eileen Blackburn and Kim Johnson; Tom Denslow's home at 2813 Riverview Blvd., coordinated by Jennifer Scott and Khris Denyes and the site of this year's Shoppes at Elf Alley; the home of Daniel and Anne Douglass, 2801 Riverview Blvd., coordinated by Teri Smith and Silvia Ayo; The Vintage House, 2004 Sixth Ave. W, the home of the Sweet Shoppe, chaired by Karen Soscia and Coroline Hoffner; and the home of Dr. Brian and Dr. Melinda (Lacerna) Kimbrell, 219 N. 18th St. W., coordinated by Carol Lewis and Tamara Venditti.
" ... none of this would be possible without the participation of the homeowners of our ... beautiful tour homes. We sincerely thank them for graciously allowing their lovely residences to be showcased in the 2014 Holiday Tour of Homes. Entre Nous is grateful for the loyal support of our sponsors, advertisers, and patrons," Paige Eller, Entre Nous president, said on the group's website. "We also would like to thank the local shops and florists who have kindly contributed wonderful holiday decorations as well as given so generously of their time to make the Tour of Homes special."
The tours run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and canned goods will be collected at each home to benefit the Food Bank of Manatee.
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Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
In Bradenton, tickets are available at Bank of the Ozarks, 1901 Manatee Ave. W.; Gateway Bank, 2100 Manatee Ave. W.; Crowder Brothers, 5409 Manatee Ave. W.; Chop Shop, 5906 Manatee Ave. W.; Hancock Bank, 5817 Manatee Ave. W.; Josey's Posey's, 6100 Manatee Ave. W.; C1 Bank, 7202 Manatee Ave. W.; Frosted Over, 5120 Manatee W.; Latte Luna, 2715 Manatee Ave. W.; BMO Harris Bank, 4502 Cortez Road W.; Flowers by Edie, 4607 Cortez Road W.; Plain and Fancy, 6804 Cortez Road W.; Rusty Cricket's, 615 15th St. W.; and Sugar Cubed, 1506 13th St. W.
Tickets can also be purchased at First America Bank, 410 Eighth Ave. W., Palmetto; Seychelles, 1003 10th Ave. W., Palmetto; Palmetto Vig Thrift Shop, 333 10th Ave. W.; First America Bank, 6204 U.S. Highway 301 N., Ellenton; Ace Hardware; 7028 U.S. Highway 301 N., Ellenton; Hancock Bank, 5324 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach; Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.; Mixon Fruit Farms Gift Shoppe, 2525 27th St. E.; C1 Bank, 2025 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. and 6000 State Road 70 E.; Hancock Bank, 9000 State Road 70 E. and 4770 State Road 64 E.; Crowder Brothers, 2401 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.; Davidson Drugs, 1281 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; and LTM Party Store, 5451 Fruitville Road, Sarasota.
"Each year, Entre Nous returns 100 percent of the profits from the Tour of Homes to our community. Last year, we distributed over $50,000, providing scholarships to 10 Manatee County students and awarding grants to 11 local nonprofit agencies. We also operated an emergency-relief fund, which provided financial assistance to local families in crisis," Eller said.
Call 941-748-8579 or visit www.entrenousmanatee.org.