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Source: Todd Holmberg, 785-532-6425,

Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011


MANHATTAN -- The holiday decorations may have just been put away, but it's not too soon for several Manhattan homeowners to be thinking about tinsel and tree trimmings again.

The Friends of McCain Auditorium selected five area homes to be part of the McCain Holiday Home Tour on Dec. 3. The event is a biannual fundraiser for Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium and will feature homes decorated for the holiday season. Money raised from will support the McCain Performance Series and its education and outreach activities.

Todd Holmberg, McCain Auditorium executive director, said a common misconception is that the McCain Performance Series is funded by the state of Kansas or entirely by ticket sales.

"The McCain Performance Series and its outreach and education programs -- such as free children's performances -- are largely supported by corporate sponsorships, individual giving, grants and fundraising events like the Holiday Home Tour," Holmberg said. "The tour makes it possible to present world-class events at McCain Auditorium on a yearly basis. The community also enjoys touring the homes and seeing a snapshot of the homeowners' holiday family traditions."

The tour will feature:

* 100 Wilson Court, the K-State president's residence and home of Kirk and Noel Schulz.

* 1083 Wildcat Creek Road, Prairiewood Retreat and Reserve and home of Kail and Rebecca Katzenmeier

• 120 S. Wreath Ave., home of Dave and Kristen Dreiling.

• 1116 Wyndham Heights Drive, home of Bill Meredith.

• 1700 Wildcat Creek Road, home of Mike and Karen Sheffield.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, and will be available at several area business outlets in the fall.