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Holiday open house benefits Orphans of Storm

| Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006

FORD CITY -- Shopping for crafts and touring a beautiful 1920s era house at the same time is not only a great way to kick off the holiday season, but a wonderful way to help our four-footed friends.

From Friday through Sunday, Orphans of the Storm animal shelter on Route 85, Rayburn Township, will hold a "Christmas House" at the residence of Dan and Emily Warner, Ford City.

Phyllis Wiles, of Orphans of the Storm, said a number of crafters will be on hand offering items such as stained glass, award-winning jewelry, wheat weavings, hand-made table runners and place mats, wood crafts, wreaths and flower arrangements, hand-painted crafts, baby blankets and scarves, and handmade dog coats, to name a few.

In addition to the crafts, Wiles said some vendors will be selling homemade baked goods, jams and jellies.

According to Dan and Emily Warner, their house was built in 1928 for the Dr. Ellis Winters family on a large tract of land of which 2.25 beautiful landscaped acres remain. The 13-room house at 748 Main St. was purchased by the Warners in 2000. It is along Route 66 South, five houses north of the Appleby Manor Church, and is recognizable by the unique stone pillars that mark the driveway entrance. Another unique feature of the house is the nine working fireplaces. It will be open to the public for the first time since being built.

Wiles said visiting hours for the craft show and house tour are: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Visitors are requested to park their vehicles at the Appleby Manor Church parking lot. A shuttle will carry visitors to the Warner house.

"The one exception to that rule is on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.," Wiles said. "The church parking lot will be in use and visitors may park at the Warner residence. The beautiful landscaped grounds also will have lighted Christmas decorations, and visitors may walk through the grounds as well, weather permitting."

Proceeds from the craft sale and house tour will benefit Orphans of the Storm. There is a $3 admission fee per person. Wiles said the no-kill animal shelter presently houses about 130 animals, most of which are ready for adoption by loving families or individuals.

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