Two Wykoff area homes highlighted during annual Christmas tours
Eickhoff home features holiday delights in every room
Thursday, November 29, 2012 3:08 AM
Visitors Saturday to the home of David and Darlene Eickhoff, located at 21431 State Hwy. 16, will find holiday spirit abounds in the 1940s Cape Cod farmhouse, which has a spacious addition, constructed in 2000.
Darlene Eickhoff is pleased to welcome visitors to her home Saturday during the Wykoff Area Historical Society’s annual Christmas home tours. She is shown with the tree in her living room that is decked with gold accents, white lights and white crocheted angels.
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.
Upon entering the home, Darlene encourages visitors to use the north door behind the house that has a walkway decorated in holiday splendor. The outside of the home is decked with white icicle lights, garland and red ribbons, in addition to a few other interesting festive pieces.
The couple moved onto this farm, David's family farm, after they got married in 1967. When the couple constructed the addition, they decided to extend the living room and kitchen and added a downstairs office area and garage. The one and a half story home has two bedrooms upstairs, one downstairs, two bathrooms and a full basement.
Darlene says her favorite feature in her home is the large kitchen, which has an apple theme and has some festive decorations, including garland and lights for the holidays. The kitchen has an island for extra seating and counter space, and custom-made oak cabinets accented with white appliances.
The apple theme is fitting in the kitchen because Darlene is a retired teacher, who taught for 30-plus years at St. Johns Lutheran School in Wykoff, retiring in spring 2011.
Also in the kitchen is a child-size table with two chairs, which is Amish-made, and Darlene says is often used by her granddaughter for snack time. Darlene watches her granddaughter during the week. The couple has three children and three grandchildren. Also in the kitchen one can see an open staircase that leads to the office area in the basement.
Just off of the kitchen area is the living room where one can find an assortment of Amish-made furniture, including the entertainment center, coffee and end tables and couch table. The couple's table and chair sets in the kitchen and dining room are also Amish-made. Darlene said when they completed the addition they also decided to update their furniture.
The main eye-catching piece in the living room is the beautiful larger tree near the bay window that sparkles with white lights and is adorned with white crocheted angels that Darlene has collected. One can see other angels in the living room that Darlene says have just seemed to accumulate over the years. One can also find her orchids sitting on the windowsill that are starting to bloom.
Darlene said she enjoys decorating for the holidays and admitted she has quite a bit of decorations that she has accumulated over the years. She said more are on display this year for the home tour than would otherwise be brought out for the holidays.
Darlene invites visitors to keep an eye out for all of her varying nativity scenes. A nativity scene can be found in each room. The largest and most intriguing scene is displayed in the dining room. Make sure to get a close look at all of the unique details of the multiple buildings and figurines.
Also in the dining room one can spot Darlene's teacup set. She has set the dining room table with a few settings for guests to peruse. Make sure to look on the wall where she has multiple teacups and saucers on display in a case. One of these displayed she received as a retirement present. Also in the dining room is an area for her granddaughter to play, equipped with a bench and shelves and a rocking chair, also Amish-made, and toys to keep her entertained.
On the main floor is the couple's bedroom and Darlene's office space that serves as a housing area for her stamping materials. She likes to create cards for sending and for giving, she noted. This space also serves as the napping place for her granddaughter when she stays.
The bathroom on the main level has been completely remodeled too, Darlene noted. Holiday spirit can also be found in the bathroom with a set of brown sparkling trees and a unique nativity scene - constructed of Popsicle sticks.
When walking down to the basement, which also has a bathroom and full-sized laundry room, one can feel the radiating warmth of the wood stove, if it is running, in the family room area. Throughout this area one can spot a set of sleigh bells, old glass canning jars, a lantern, crock jars, a copper boiler, vintage casserole dishes, an antique clothes iron and a wood box - now used for blanket and pillow storage for those relaxing in the area on the couch. Darlene said the wood box was redone and has been in the basement of the house for years, and was used when the old cook stove was in the basement. A tree also can be found in this area that has a teacher theme, decorated with ornaments Darlene received over the years from her students.
To the side of the family room is a bar area with seating, which Darlene said serves as a "snacking corner," complete with fridge. Above the fridge is a Vikings helmet signed by former Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper.
Continuing past the "snack area," one can then step down to the office area, which has a large desk and a larger table with chairs for meeting space. Above the table is a flat screen TV on the wall. This room is graced with a tree as well, which has a New-Holland theme. It is donned with 20 New Holland ornaments. Darlene said she now has the whole series. The family is partial to New Holland because they farm with that type of machinery, noted Darlene. Little machinery can also be spotted in different areas throughout the office for those interested in these tractor collectibles. Also in this room, another copper boiler serves as a toy box.
So enjoy the tour and rest assured one will find plenty of unique items and beautiful holiday decorations at the Eickhoffs to help one find the Christmas spirit.