Tour of Homes
From inspiring home design and décor, to delicious desserts, to unique holiday shopping, Yankton Area Arts offers great variety and splendor each holiday season. Partnering with area home and business owners, YAA hosts a Tour of Homes each December to fund arts education and community arts programming. Included in the tour is a stop at the G.A.R. Hall Art Gallery for a festive dessert reception and discount shopping at the Crimson Door Holiday Boutique, Yankton's longest running PopUp shop.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at GAR Hall, Yankton Rexall, and Yankton Hy-Vee.
This year four beautiful homes and the historic Walnut Village will be featured on the YAA Tour of Homes held Sunday, December 3, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Leo & Carol Kopetsky
Leo & Carol Kopetsky’s home was built in 2012 and has many unique features including a barrel ceiling in the family room and a second floor loft. In addition to the many Christmas decorations on display, guests will want to be sure to look up on their tour. The home features tray ceilings with unique designs and stencils throughout the home.
Tim & Joan Branaugh
Another contemporary home on the tour this year is that of Tim & Joan Branaugh. Built in 2000, this home will be completely decked out for Christmas. There are several trees decorated throughout the house including an upside down tree, and Irish themed tree, a gold tree, a wine themed tree, and even a tree dedicated to their beloved pug. Guests should also be aware of the headboard in the master bedroom which includes an original Jolene Steffen portrait of the homeowners.
Todd & Audra Hecht
Todd & Audra Hecht’s home was built in 1937 surrounded by cornfields and gravel roads! The original farm house was only 650 square feet with small rooms and no closets. In 2015 the Hecht’s built a 1200 square foot addition that expanded their kitchen and added a laundry room, three bedrooms and a master bath. Todd and Audra love the traditional themes of Christmas but occasionally “throw in a little retro for color and fun.” Each room in the home is decorated to tell a story of this family’s history, as well as their love of their two dachshunds.
Ted & Jennifer Powell
One of two historic stops on the tour is the home of Ted & Jennifer Powell. Built in 1874 by the Higbee family, the fireplace and walnut staircase are the focal points of the home. Guests will note the Victorian theme throughout the home, in the stenciling and décor as well as the recently remodeled kitchen and newly completed music room. The Powell’s have displayed several antique oil paintings and furniture as well as many family heirlooms.
Built in 1916 as Yankton High School, converted to Yankton Middle School in 1959 and repurposed to a senior living facility in 2004, Walnut Village will take some on a trip down memory lane. The building is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places as Yankton High School Historic District and features a grand staircase, original Terrazzo floors, and wooden classroom doors with the original transoms transporting alumni to old school days. Guests will be treated to an eclectic mix of Christmas decorations throughout the building.