, Muskogee, OK

December 1, 2013

Jackson home to be part of tour

— TAHLEQUAH — The beautiful home of Tom Jackson at 716 Victor Street in Tahlequah is one of the houses that will be featured on the AAUW “Homes For The Holidays” tour, which will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8. A reception will be held at the Cherokee Art Center Spider Gallery. Tickets are $8 per person if purchased before the tour or $10 at the door. Tickets are available at: BancFirst 130 S. Muskogee Avenue, Cashmere Lane, 401 N. Muskogee Avenue, Meigs Jewelers, 100 N. Muskogee Avenue and the Spider Gallery, 215 S. Muskogee Avenue.

Jackson is the assistant vice president of academic affairs and the dean of graduate studies and research at Northeastern State University.

The Jackson’s 2,800 square-foot, two-story, gray and white Colonial home has four bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths.

It was the first house built in the Monk-Carpenter subdivision in 1959, according to a media release. Within the last three years, both the interior and exterior have been completely renovated in the style of the mid-century era.

Hardwood floors are featured throughout the house with the exception of the guest bathroom, laundry room, and kitchen which are tiled. The kitchen has been updated with dark-gray, Italian tile counter tops accented with a collection of Ruby Red and Amberina glass. The stained-glass front door of the home was designed and made by the Jacksons.

Multiple pieces of antique furniture are displayed in the home. Passed down through generations are grandmother’s writing table, grandfather’s ship’s captain table and cedar hope chest. Title and bank cabinets from the courthouse in Deadwood, SD and the front half of an antique, European carousel horse were collected by the Jacksons.

Entering this home, you’ll be taken back to the 1950’s feeling of Christmas. In the living room, a 7 1/2 foot red sleigh hunter tree is covered with Old World ornaments. Patience Brewster’s version of Santa’s reindeer, ornaments made by the owner’s children decades ago, and much more. The red, white, and green lights help the vintage toys and the Lionel train (that still runs after 60 years) make you feel like you’re back at home, waiting for Santa to land on the roof. Cookies and milk for Santa (and a few carrots in case the reindeer need an energy snack) are by the fireplace which is draped with garland and white lights. The mantle is lined with Santa cookie jars which all have a rabbit on them somewhere. You might even find some chestnuts roasting on the open fire. On the coffee table, you’ll see ice skaters and mugs of hot chocolate. Even the horse adorned with garland and jingle bells is ready for a sleigh ride.

In the dining room, white lighting is featured on two five-foot trees which are standing at attention on each side of an antique hutch. Vintage Santa ornaments on the trees are just the beginning. The real collection of Santas is on the hutch. A setting for six at the dinner table is ready for Christmas dinner. The windows are drenched in garland and white lights.

You’ll soon find out that the wonderful smell of mulling spices is coming from the kitchen. The 2 foot tree on the bar is covered with white lights, kitchen utensils, gingerbread men, candy, and other ornaments.

The N scale train that goes around this tree is small, but still carries its load of Christmas joy. Even the barn yard animals have the Christmas spirit.

On your way into the entertainment room, make sure you see the crystal Christmas trees with tiny friends nearby.

Once in the entertainment room, you’ll find a 6 foot evergleam aluminum PomPom tree. You've just gone completely retro.

The ornaments are designs from the ’50s and ’60s.

The two trains (including a LGB 150th anniversary Christmas train) going around the tree are designed to entertain. While in the retro mood, enjoy a walk down memory lane through the Lemax Christmas Village with sledding, holiday shopping, dog parades, and all of Santa’s little helpers.

Look for all the little extras around the home including the wreaths, poinsettias, snow globes, small Christmas scenes, stockings, and other special treasures. Be sure to pick up a gift bag from the red tub on your way out.

The other attractive homes on the tour are:

• Dr. Steve and Penny Turner, 526 Seminary Avenue, which will have a goodie shop with baked delights.

• Becky and Hank Wright, 508 Covington Place, which will feature music by singer/songwriter Becky Wright.

The 12th annual AAUW Christmas ornament, featuring the columns in front of the Cherokee National Museum at the Cherokee Heritage Center, will be available for $12.50 at the reception site and at the Turner home.

Proceeds from the tour benefit the AAUW Tahlequah Branch’s local scholarships and the national AAUW Educational Opportunities Fund. The Tahlequah Branch present two scholarships yearly to women at Northeastern State University.