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Festive décor, entertainment greet guests at The Homestead


December 9, 2018

Marione Martin

Santa visits with children at this table in The Homestead dining room during Thursday's open house.

Festooned top to bottom with seasonal décor, The Homestead in Alva hosted residents, families and guests Thursday evening. The annual open house featured a nice mix of entertainment, food and visiting time. Santa even made an appearance.

Director Kelly Parker opened the program and introduced the first entertainer. Nine-year-old Merrit Mantz treated guests to a piano solo and two vocal numbers. She was followed by Kaylie Shelton, age 10, who sang several Christmas songs.

During a break, guests filed into the dining room to choose delicious food from a large buffet selection. As they visited around the tables, Santa casually entered the room greeting fans both young and old.

More entertainment followed with Joanne Prewett on the flute accompanied by Sally Nighswonger at the piano. Electric Gold from Alva High School arrived next to sing for the group. Then singers from Northwestern Oklahoma State University closed out the evening.

Marione Martin

TOP LEFT: Director Kelly Parker welcomes residents and guests to the Christmas Open House at The Homestead in Alva on Thursday. TOP RIGHT: Guests and residents choose from a selection of fresh fruit and cheese. CENTER: Kaylie Shelton, age 10, sings "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas." CENTER RIGHT: Festive decorations like these adorn the halls. BOTTOM LEFT: Joanne Prewett plays several Christmas songs on the flute accompanied by Sally Nighswonger at the piano. BOTTOM MIDDLE: A holiday ham is sliced to order by The Homestead staff. Guests could enjoy a full buffet meal. BOTTOM RIGHT: Merrit Mantz, age 9, sings holiday songs and also played a selection on the piano.


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