HANFORD — Everyone likes to go home for the holidays, but sometimes it’s even better to go to someone else’s home.
The Kings Art Center Guild presents its annual Christmas Home Tour and fundraiser this weekend.
The event, scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, invites the public to get jolly by visiting three local homes, halls decked with boughs of holly.
“It takes a special person to open their homes for an event like this,” said guild member Pat Noland.
The three homes welcoming Christmas celebrants and art patrons through its doors are the Sarah A. Mooney Memorial Museum, 542 West D Street, Lemoore; the home of Anthony and Linda Silveira, 501 E. Sherwood Court, Hanford and the home of Tom and Donjia Huffmon, 14180 School St., Hanford.
Out of their home, Donjia Huffmon operates her business, Buttercup’s Painted Cottage. Named for their now-deceased yellow Labrador, Buttercup’s Cottage is a workshop where Huffmon creates one-of-a-kind hand-painted furniture.
She also teaches art classes and workshops with local aspiring artists and hobbyists.
“It was fun,” Noland said about one such workshop she attended recently. “I’d never done anything like that before.”
Between the Huffmon’s home, studio and backyard, Donjia said that visiting their home on the tour will be “like getting three homes in one.”
“Visitors will be able to see where I create my work as well,” she said.
While Huffmon won’t have any art pieces for sale during the open house, she will have many on display that visitors can call about as soon as the next day, she said.
Members of the Kings Art Center Guild, the fundraising arm for the Kings Art Center in Hanford, and other members of the community will serve as captains and hostesses at the three stops on the tour.
“Many people volunteer because they get to see people they haven’t seen in a while,” Noland said. “And, of course, they’re invited to the party.”
Around 6:30 p.m., ticketholders are invited to the Kings Art Center for snacks, beverages, a silent auction and a holiday raffle.
Participants are to visit each of the three homes on their own and can do so in any order — or simply get the most out of one location if they wish.
The money raised by the event will go toward operating the Kings Art Center, which offers classes to children and adults, hosts art exhibitions and other functions.
Traditionally, 250-300 ticketholders attend the event each year. Tickets are $25.