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December 2, 2012

Zonta’s annual tour of homes today

Zonta Club of Mineral Wells’ 27th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes is Sunday, Dec. 2.

Times for the five-stop tour are 2-5 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the tour. Proceeds help support Zonta’s various programs and service projects such as Meals on Wheels, Koats for Kids, Z Club, scholarships, Girl’s State and Woman’s Club.

The stops on this year’s tour are the homes of:

• Donna Lucado, 1050 Brazos Heights.

• Doug and Sharon Owens, 2817 U.S. Highway 180 West.

• Mike and Janet Mearse, 6500 Wimbleton Court.

• Paul and Carmen Lewis, 6501 Wimbleton Court.

And the business stop for refreshments is:

• Hayes Station, owned by John and Vivian Conrad, at 319 N. Oak Ave.

Hayes Station

John and Vivian Conrad opened Hayes Station on March 5, 2011. Constructed in the early 1900s, the building at 319 N. Oak Ave. originally housed Service Pharmacy and was later purchased and renovated by John Bumgardner.

The shop features a 19th-century booth seat, a bar from a cruise ship decommissioned in the sixties, authentic chairs, tables and booths from a 1920’s-era soda shop and a working antique phone booth. Vintage memorabilia in the original mahogany display cases was donated by Bobbie Coleman and Alice Conrad.

Hayes Station’s name commemorates the fertile farming area of Northern Kentucky where John grew up on a dairy farm.

Hayes Station serves deli-style sandwiches on fresh baked white, wheat, pumpernickle and sour dough bread. Coffee served, is roasted right on the premises and fresh beans are available for purchase. Of course, Blue Bell ice cream for shakes, sundaes or just to enjoy is always available.

Lucado ready for the tour

Donna Lucado has decorations collected over the past four decades adorning her home for today’s Zonta Tour of Homes.

“I believe in the Zontas,” she said. “I’m all about helping kids.”

Consisting of several full-size, decorated trees throughout the residence, Lucado said her collection includes items made by family members, imported adornments and collectibles such as a tree fully dressed with Christopher Radkoe glass pieces.

She said she bought her first collectible ornament when in Munich as a singer for the Olympic games at the age of 18.

She is also displaying some of her collection of about 50 Steinbach nutcrackers and one-of-a-kind ornaments made by Eskimo children in the Alaskan school at which her sister once served as principal.

“Amy Hopkins helped me this year,” she said. “Normally, it takes me about two weeks.”

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