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Sewickley house tour shares Santas, funds scholarship

Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review - Vicki Werner will be opening her Edgeworth home Saturday, December 2nd to showcase her collection of Americana folk art, hundreds of santas, quilts, and needlework that she has made and collected for over forty years. The Sewickley House Tour is sponsored by the Edgeworth Garden Club and is a fund raiser for a scholarship in honor of a former resident Marsena Neil.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review</em></div>Vicki Werner will be opening her Edgeworth home Saturday, December 2nd to showcase her collection of Americana folk art, hundreds of santas, quilts, and needlework that she has made and collected for over forty years.  The Sewickley House Tour is sponsored by the Edgeworth Garden Club and is a fund raiser for a scholarship in honor of a former resident Marsena Neil.
Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review - A beautiful needlepoint creation made by Vicki Werner of Edgeworth Tuesday, November 27, 2012. Many of her hand-made pieces will be on display at the Sewickley Christmas House Tour.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review</em></div>A beautiful needlepoint creation made by Vicki Werner of Edgeworth Tuesday, November 27, 2012.  Many of her hand-made pieces will be on display at the Sewickley Christmas House Tour.
Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review - Joe and Vicki Werner's Edgeworth home will be featured on this year's Sewickley Christmas House Tour Sunday, December 2nd.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review</em></div>Joe and Vicki Werner's Edgeworth home will be featured on this year's Sewickley Christmas House Tour Sunday, December 2nd.
Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review - The Sewickley Christmas House Tour will be held at Vicki and Joe Werner's Edgeworth home at 213 Quaker Road Sunday, December 2nd. There will be displays of American folk art, hundreds of santas, quilts, and beautiful needlepoint creations.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Sewickley Christmas House Tour will be held at Vicki and Joe Werner's Edgeworth home at 213 Quaker Road Sunday, December 2nd.  There will be displays of American folk art, hundreds of santas, quilts, and beautiful needlepoint creations.
Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review - A santa, one of hundreds, reclines in the window of Vicki and Joe Werner's Edgeworth home Tuesday, November 27, 2012. Their house will be featured on the Sewickley Christmas House Tour December 2nd.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review</em></div>A santa, one of hundreds, reclines in the window of Vicki and Joe Werner's Edgeworth home Tuesday, November 27, 2012.  Their house will be featured on the Sewickley Christmas House Tour December 2nd.
Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review - Wonderful detail is seen on an assortment of JoeDans Originals' santas owned by Vicki and Joe Werner in their Edgeworth home Tuesday, November 27, 2012. The santas, some of the hundreds the Werners have collected, will be on display at the Sewickley Christmas House Tour Sunday, December 2nd.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review</em></div>Wonderful detail is seen on an assortment of JoeDans Originals' santas owned by Vicki and Joe Werner in their Edgeworth home Tuesday, November 27, 2012.  The santas, some of the hundreds the Werners have collected, will be on display at the Sewickley Christmas House Tour Sunday, December 2nd.
Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review - Some of the many beautiful, creative needlepoint creations that Vicki Werner of Edgeworth has made over the years. Her collection, along with folk art, quilts, and hundreds of santas will be on the Sewickley Christmas House Tour Sunday, December 2nd.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review</em></div>Some of the many beautiful, creative needlepoint creations that Vicki Werner of Edgeworth has made over the years.  Her collection, along with folk art, quilts, and hundreds of santas will be on the Sewickley Christmas House Tour Sunday, December 2nd.
Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review - Vicki and Joe Werner will be opening their home for the Sewickley Christmas House Tour on December 2nd. The couple have been collecting hundreds of santas, Americana folk art, quilts, and making beautiful needlepoint creations for over forty years. The event is being sponsored by the Edgeworth Garden Club as a fundraiser for a scholorship in honor of former resident Marsena Neil.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review</em></div>Vicki and Joe Werner will be opening their home for the Sewickley Christmas House Tour on December 2nd.  The couple have been collecting hundreds of santas, Americana folk art, quilts, and making beautiful needlepoint creations for over forty years.  The event is being sponsored by the Edgeworth Garden Club as a fundraiser for a scholorship in honor of former resident Marsena Neil.
Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review - Part of a hand-made needlepoint Nativity scene made by Vicki Werner of Edgeworth Tuesday, November 27, 2012. Many of her beautiful creations, along with hundreds of santas, Americana folk art, and quilts will be on display at the Sewickley Christmas House Tour.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review</em></div>Part of a hand-made needlepoint Nativity scene made by Vicki Werner of Edgeworth Tuesday, November 27, 2012.  Many of her beautiful creations, along with hundreds of santas, Americana folk art, and quilts will be on display at the Sewickley Christmas House Tour.
Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review - This hand-made needlepoint pillow by Vicki Werner of Edgeworth, has at least 18 different stitches. Many of her beautiful, creative creations will be on display at the Sewickley Christmas House Tour Sunday, December 2nd from 1-5.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review</em></div>This hand-made needlepoint pillow by Vicki Werner of Edgeworth, has at least 18 different stitches.  Many of her beautiful, creative creations will be on display at the Sewickley Christmas House Tour Sunday, December 2nd from 1-5.
Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review - This little angel was the first Christmas decoration that Vicki and Joe Werner collected over forty years ago. Today, they have hundreds of santas, Americana folk art pieces, quilts, and Vicki's beautiful needlepoint creations. Their home will be the Sewickley House Tour featured house on Sunday, December 2nd from 1-5.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review</em></div>This little angel was the first Christmas decoration that Vicki and Joe Werner collected over forty years ago.  Today, they have hundreds of santas, Americana folk art pieces, quilts, and Vicki's beautiful needlepoint creations.  Their home will be the Sewickley House Tour featured house on Sunday, December 2nd from 1-5.

Sewickley Christmas House Tour

When: 1-4 p.m. Sunday

Tickets: $10; $5 for students, at the door

Where: 213 Quaker Road, Edgeworth

Details: 412-741-7819

By Jane Miller
Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, 8:56 p.m.
 

Thousands of hand-crafted Santas fill seven rooms in the Sewickley Christmas House. The house tour funds a scholarship to be awarded to a high-school senior to honor Edgeworth Garden Club founder Marcena Neil.

“Marcena lived to be 103 years old, and was active in the club almost until the time she died,” says Pat Happe, club president. “This is our creative way to honor her and share the joys a visit with this collection brings. When members have visited this house at Christmas they have said, ‘Oh, I would love to bring my daughter, grand daughter, or dear friend here.' Now, they can, and help support the community.”

The Christmas House, at 213 Quaker Road in Edgeworth, is the home of garden club member Vicki Werner and her husband, Joe. Just as a garden grows, so did this holiday collection.

“We really did start out modestly — but that was 40 years ago. We started collecting during my husband's sales meetings that were all over the country — and it just started to grow,” says Werner, a retired Moon School District teacher and librarian.

Each Santa is different, “except for two,” Werner says. “This is not a modern collection. We strive to find Santas that are hand-carved by artists from all over the country.”

“I'm overwhelmed by the size of the collection. There are so many exquisitely carved Santas,” garden club member Kathy Kruse says. She is one of more than a dozen members who helped unpack boxes and arranged Santa Clauses.

“Vicki also does beautiful needlepoint, with ornaments for the trees and “The Twelve Days of Christmas” for the walls,” Kruse says.

Even practical items are holiday themed in the Sewickley Christmas House, including Santas on the curtains, appliance covers and seat cushions.

“My sister is a quilter, so she makes us items that are Christmas on one side and the rest of the year on the other,” Werner says.

High-school students are involved in this first-time event, too. The Quaker Valley Key Club and other students are guiding tours. They helped set up the trees, and Santa's Garage and driveway next door, where the tour ends with cider, cookies and raffle baskets.

Neil, who died a year ago, started the club as the Quaker Valley Garden Club in 1954, when Edgeworth was a farm community with dirt roads.

“It was a group of neighbors who loved to plant and support the community,” Happe says. “They put all of their money into community projects. They didn't have a budget for speakers. They went to the library, got a book and learned from each other. We still do that. Garden clubs today have more of an environmental and agricultural focus, and involve a community. We want to return to our roots.”

Jane Miller is a contributing writer to Trib Total Media.

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