November 25, 2013

Murray Christmas Tour of Homes Sunday

Submitted by the Pilot Club of Chatsworth

— The Pilot Club of Chatsworth hosts its Christmas Tour of Homes on Sunday, Dec. 1, from 2 to 5 p.m. On the tour are the homes of David and Maria Bartley; Gary and Beverly Long; and Karen Cady and Ned Albright. Tickets are $15 and are available from Carol’s Fashions, Corner Drugs, Classic Solutions, from Pilot Club members and at each home the day of the tour.

The proceeds will be used for the many community projects sponsored by the Pilot Club. Some of these include Community Christmas, Fire Pups, a safety program for elementary students, Boys and Girls Club, Senior Citizens, Northwest Georgia Family Crisis Center, Boys Home and others.

Cady-Albright home

The home of Karen Cady and Ned Albright, at 245 Peeples Farm Road, is the farmhouse formerly owned by Harlan and Virginia Peeples. The 4,800-square-foot home is constructed of heart pine and sits on 8.75 acres of farmland which is both beautiful and serene.

The open concept of the home allows large groups to gather for the season’s entertaining. Yuletide hospitality is carried throughout the house with trees and other festive decorations in every room. Although quite large, there is a cozy feeling in the house. Built-in units and repurposed pieces of furniture are used to hold collections, books and art. The nine-foot ceilings allow Ned, who is a sculptor, painter and graphic artist, plenty of space to display his art. His interesting collection of pinball machines and other antique toys are on display in the living room.

As evidenced throughout the house, Karen, the sample scheduling manager for Mohawk Industries, loves growing plants. Orchids, violets and other plants are plentiful in the wrap-around sunroom, which is also used for entertaining. This is a favorite place for family members to share memories of the past and make plans for the future.

Refreshments will be served in the sunroom as visitors leave the tour. Come start your Christmas season with a visit to the Cady-Albright home on Dec. 1.

Long home

Gary and Beverly Long, who reside at 935 Spring Place Smyrna Road, extend a warm invitation to come enjoy the beauty of their home. The home located south of Spring Lakes Golf Course is where their two children were raised. They now share their beautiful home with a 17-year-old cat named Shakespeare and Lillie, a four-year-old Maltese. Celebrating Christmas with them this year will be their son, Ryan, a teacher and coach at Coahulla Creek High School and his wife, Brittany, and their daughter, Jennifer, a teacher at Eastside Elementary School in Dalton.

Gary grew up in the Spring Place area and now he and his brother are in business there, where they own T-Bird Motors. He married Beverly, a Dalton native, and they now have 31 years of memories in this home.

Both Gary and Beverly have a love of church and community and attend First Baptist Church of Chatsworth. The three nativity scenes which can be seen throughout the house are evidence of Christ’s love in their home.

A feeling of warmth is evident from the entrance of the home. The baby grand piano in the living room and the beautifully adorned dining room table highlight the downstairs. The kitchen’s large island and breakfast area make this a favorite place to gather. From the den, there is a view of the pool, pool house and surrounding grounds.  

Each room has its own special tree lavishly decorated with holiday trimmings. Some are decorated with ornaments collected from places they have traveled on family vacations. The home has two fireplaces with mantles draped in lighted garland and decorations which complement that room. The media room features memorabilia of when Ryan and Jennifer were students in Murray County schools.

Visitors will be treated to hot cider and cookies in front of the pool house where they can enjoy the beautifully landscaped grounds upon leaving.

Bartley home

Approaching the home of David and Maria Bartley, it is not difficult to tell that Christmas is just around the corner. With wreaths adorning all the windows, garland swags draped from the balcony, and lanterns leading the way up the steps, it will be hard for Santa to miss their house. It is at 704 Prince Beam Road and has been their home for 11 years.

Entering the home, the foyer features an almost nine-foot memory tree. The tree is completely covered in ornaments and other memorabilia that have meaning to all members of their family. Maria’s majorette baton, son Jeremy’s bat, daughter Chala’s doll and David’s father’s hat are only a few of the interesting items chosen to share with visitors.

Every room has a different theme, from whimsical to traditional. Maria did this because she wanted everyone to have at least one room that they liked. She used her God-given talent to work magic throughout the house and David made sure the grounds were beautiful. The most unusual decoration is the tree in the shower with a Bobcat on the shower bench.

Joining them to celebrate Christmas will be their son, Jeremy, of Charleston, S.C., and their daughter, Chala, of Nashville, Tenn., along with their family and friends. Maria’s wish is that people will feel at home and be happy while in their home.

After touring the home, visitors will leave through the screen porch where they will receive a goody bag. The breathtaking view of the mountains from the back of the house is even more splendid than the decorations seen inside. Everyone is invited to join us and kick off the Christmas season at the Bartley home.