The Roberts' home features beautifully decorated Christmas trees and a Santa's Wonderland "man cave." Visit it and other homes on the Homes for the Holidays tour Dec. 1 & 2. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins


There’s no place like ‘Homes for the Holidays’ in EDH

By From page B5 | November 21, 2012

That “Winter Wonderland” month is nearly here: December.

Soon, the joyous strains of Christmas music will be heard over the radio. Kitchens will be filled with the scents of holiday feasts and treats. Children will share games and family traditions, such as dreidel, with school chums. Stores already have their holiday décor up.

There is a warmth and glow to this season that brings out the best in America. We are a generous people. The thought that anyone is “missing out” just seems … well, wrong. How can one make a difference locally in the best way, sharing the joys of this season?

For the third year the Assistance League of Sierra Foothills is stepping in with a unique solution to this conundrum that brings true joy into the season. Why not open up some of El Dorado Hills’ most beautiful holiday homes to the community, and raise funds for those in need in the county?

“Homes for the Holidays is a charity event benefiting people in need within our county to achieve a better quality of life,” said Debra Bogowitz, publicity chair for the event. “This year six beautiful homes are all dressed up for the holidays. Three homes and one model home are located within the gates of the Serrano Country Club.”

The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2.

As a bonus on the tour, Pottery World will provide holiday floral demonstrations. Grapes & Ivy of Folsom will provide holiday table setting displays to inspire creations at home.

And there’s more. Raffle prizes include “You’re Going to Need a Bigger Wine Cellar” (100 bottles of wine donated by local wineries) and “Bounty of the County” (a gourmet’s and a gourmand’s dream, donated by local restaurants and grocery stores). Some $5,000 in raffle prizes will be offered.

Homeowners on the tour are decorating their homes to welcome all comers, even as this article goes to press. El Dorado Hills Fire Chief Dave Roberts and his wife Sondra are looking forward to sharing their love for the season with the community.

“Sondra has always gone overboard for Christmas,” Dave said. “So much so that during last year’s holiday home tour a friend suggested we open our home.”

The Roberts home is a pale yellow Victorian filled with architectural detail and the Christmas spirit. There are trees in nearly every room of the house … and check out the “man cave” on the second floor. It’s Dave’s favorite place, and it well could be Santa’s too. There is a unique bar, a very large popcorn machine and theater seating. “Home theater” doesn’t begin to come close to this space. Visitors will find themselves wishing they could come over to the Roberts’ house to play.

“It’s for such a great cause,” Sondra said. “We designed and built our house for our family. We aren’t pretentious … We are real people. And we are happy to share our home.”

Each home will feature glittering garlands, magnificent holiday collections and dramatically decorated Christmas trees.

This event will benefit people in need through the Assistance League’s unique, hands-on involvement and innovative philanthropic programs. Assistance League volunteers live in the communities they serve, and all the funds raised are used in El Dorado County.

Assistance League volunteers provide warm, comfortable and appropriate new school clothing to needy children through Operation School Bell. Sports equipment and registration scholarships help children play organized sports when families cannot afford the cost through the Sports Locker program.

The Assistance League operates a senior holiday shopping spree for residents of the Placerville Senior Day Care Center. It provides assault survivor kits to victims of physical assault. The league also helps students to develop literacy skills and does so much more.

“This is a charity event benefiting people in need within our county to achieve a better quality of life. There is such need, especially as you drive ‘up the hill,’” said Bogowitz. “Families in the east side of the county — especially in South Lake Tahoe — have been especially hard hit by the economy. They need help.”

This two-day holiday tour will not only lighten your spirits; it also will remind you of the magic of the season. Truly, the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

Tickets to the “Home for the Holidays” tour are $20 for adults, $12 for children. Pick them up online at, click on Homes for the Holidays under Upcoming Events, or at the California Welcome Center in Town Center.

Send your event for consideration in Susan’s column to [email protected]

Susan Laird

Discussion | 2 comments

  • Debra BogowitzDecember 01, 2012 - 12:34 am

    This is a wonderful event and it will happen rain or shine!

  • Debra BogowitzDecember 01, 2012 - 12:35 am

    A great way to kick off the Christmas season!



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