Examples of some of the Christmas decorations that will be seen at the Tony and Jan Leonardo residence, included in this year’s Fortuna Garden Club Christmas Home Tour and Tea. (Contributed)
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Nifty Fifties Christmas is the theme for the 49th annual Fortuna Garden Club Christmas Home Tour and Team on Wednesday from 1 to 9 p.m.

The price for the tour is $15 per person and children younger than are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance, at any one of the featured venues, and at the Fortuna Monday Club, where the tea takes place.

This year, two homes and two businesses will open during the tour. The two homes belong to the Leonardo and Shannon families, and the two businesses are the Gene Lucas Community Center and Humboldt Equity.

At the Leonardo home, you’ll see an eclectic collection of holiday decorations.

“I love to decorate, and we are happy to share our home with the community this year,” Jan Leonardo said.

She said one of the newest additions to the collection is a pair of elves from decorations used in her childhood, given to her last year by her mother.

Guests visiting the Shannon home will be greeted by a large snowman in the front yard.

Tour participants will be some of the first people to see the newly completed Gene Lucas Community Center, just off Newburg Road on the McLean Campus.

“We are excited for this first-time public event by being one of the 2019 Garden Home Tour sites,” said Denise Marshall, executive director of the McLean Foundation. “(We are) looking forward to people getting inside the building, to see a couple of rooms and the outside patios.”

Humboldt Equity is located on Main Street and the interior has been remodeled by owners Matt and Lauri Allen. The holiday spirit will be shining brightly at this location.

The Fortuna Monday Club will be decorated in the Nifty Fifties Christmas Home Tour and Tea theme. Fresh green boughs will line the railing up the steps to the front door, and inside will be a holiday happening featuring cookies, scones, and other home-baked goodies, candy, hot cider and tea.  There will also be an opportunity drawing taking place, with many donations from local businesses. Items include gift baskets, art, antiques, jewelry, garden-related items, and items for children, as well as pets.

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