Nolan home featured on Wykoff Area Historical Society's Christmas tour of homes
Century-old nativity set from Germany on display
Thursday, November 29, 2012 3:11 AM
Visitors to the home of Janet Nolan, located at 242 Silver St. S., Saturday will find a cozy ranch-style house, originally built in 1961, and remodeled recently.
The home of Janet Nolan will be featured Saturday during the Wykoff Area Historical Society’s Christmas tour of homes. Janet, at left, is shown with her daughter, Kathy Nolan, who also shares the home, near their Christmas tree.
Wykoff Area Historical Society holding home tours, concert this weekend
The Wykoff Area Historical Society will celebrate the Christmas season with home tours Saturday and a special Christmas concert on Sunday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Wykoff.
The tours Saturday will feature the two homes of David and Darlene Eickhoff and Janet Nolan. The tours will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $5 in advance at The Bank Gift Haus in Wykoff or at Ed's Museum on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information contact Esther Evers at 507-352-2555.
On Sunday, the concert, entitled "T'was the Birthday of a King," will begin at 7 p.m. at the church. Featured artists include soloist Novella Meisner, with accompaniment by Dr. Raymond Krueger on the organ, and Ron Haugen, a long-time musician from the Winona area. The Misty Mountain Boys, a group ranging in age from 13 to 20 years old, will perform instrumental Christmas tunes on a variety of instruments. Kathleen Mulhern will offer some special readings, and audience members will be invited to sing Christmas songs. Light refreshments will follow.
A free-will offering will be collected and supplemental funds may be provided by West Fillmore Thrivent Branch #31189.
Also calling the two bedroom, one bath structure home is Janet's daughter, Kathy Nolan. The two are happy to welcome guests on the tour to the completely remodeled home, which has interesting and festive holiday displays. Features of the home include all new doors and windows, newly painted walls, and laminate wood-colored flooring throughout.
The house used to belong to Janet's parents, Bob and Lorraine Hajek, who lived in Wykoff for 20 years. They were originally from Sydney, Neb. After her mother passed away, Janet decided to remodel the home and moved to Wykoff in September 2011.
Janet is from Texas. She moved to Houston, Texas, from Nebraska and met her late husband of 36 years there, Michael Nolan, who passed away eight years ago. While in Texas, Janet worked as an operating room registered nurse for more than 40 years.
Visitors to the home will enter into the living room. In this room they will find a beautifully decorated Christmas tree in the corner, topped with an angel that is 40 years old. The angel always makes her home at the top of the Nolan's tree every year, noted Janet. The ornaments on the tree are ones that family members have given her over the years that hold special meaning.
On the floor near the TV stand and tree, is a nativity scene that Janet has had for 15 to 20 years. Under the tree one can find the first nativity scene Janet ever owned, it is about 44 years old. Also in the living room, on shelves one can see her collection of salt and pepper shakers, which includes holiday themed-ones. She has more than 50 sets that cover the three shelves, and Kathy noted that most of them she has given her mother over the years.
Next one can step into the kitchen, which Janet noted she "loves" and is her favorite room of the house. The kitchen has all new dark stained oak cabinets, counter tops, laminate flooring, appliances and newly painted walls. The main focal point in the dining area of the kitchen is a 20-year-old ficus in the corner. Janet decorated it for the holidays with lights and ornaments. She said it's a live tree that has thrived over the years and weathered two moves from Texas to New Jersey and from New Jersey to this home with the Nolan family. It appears to be happy and healthy at its new home in Minnesota.
The hallway leads to the remodeled bedrooms, with lovely painted accent walls and the remodeled bathroom. At the end of the hallway is a set of display shelves with multiple Christmas ceramics and figurines, including many angel pieces.
The bathroom will also be decorated for Christmas. One can see the new cabinets and counter tops. Janet noted that everything is new in the bathroom, except for the bathtub, which was still in good shape.
When she remodeled the home, she also had a deck constructed off of the back with a new patio door installed in the dining/kitchen area. Janet said she loves to garden and she also enjoys sitting outside on their deck when the weather is favorable. The Texan in her shows through with a Texas-style barbecue pit located behind the home. She also has a chiminea outdoor fireplace on her deck to warm cool evenings.
Janet has decided to put decorations up outside to welcome visitors as well, including lights and a wreath on the door, but noted it is less than she used to do in the past. She says she loves decorating for the holidays - from Thanksgiving all of the way through Christmas.
The Nolans welcome visitors to come and enjoy visiting their home and seeing the festive decorations found throughout.