Homes on the Tour
405 Ardussi Street
Herb Zeilinger has lived in this house his entire life. His parents purchased the home as it was being built and spent their wedding night there in 1941. During their lifetime, they made additions to the home. Recently Herb altered the exterior by adding foundation stone, new siding, windows and copper trim as well as a new patio with an exterior fireplace. The interior was updated with a new bathroom, granite counters in the kitchen and a raised ceiling upstairs which is the master bedroom. Various family heirlooms include Herb's mother's hand-stitched bedspread, their original bedroom furniture, and a picture of Herb's father on his 1956 Polaris Sno-Traveler, a precursor to the snowmobile. Herb's collection of Frankenmuth Brewing Company memorabilia is in the lower level of the home. Noteworthy Christmas decorations include a nutcracker in every room, Herb's wooden “Christmas Caroler” set in the dining room and a nativity set given to Herb's mother by Wally Bronner in 1965.
Zack & Maggie Martin
10880 Townline Rd
The newest house on this year's holiday home tour is the home of Zack and Maggie Martin and their three daughters. Gray tones throughout the home create a cohesive look as the rooms flow one to another. The living room and family room both feature Christmas trees and the grand staircase leads to the second floor where each of the girls have small trees in their bedrooms. The extra large kitchen island is spread with goodies from Harry & David for you to sample.
The family moved in last February and have chosen all new Christmas décor to grace their new home. One exception is the Dickens Christmas Village that continues to delight the whole family. The collection began with Zack's father and continues with Zack who sets up the village every year.
John & Cheryl Gray
114 Kingsbrook Drive
The red brick traditional home with wreaths on every window welcomes you to the home of John and Cheryl Gray. The open floor plan offers easy flow through the main floor and allows for easy conversation with their family and friends. Christmas décor graces all three floors. A 12-foot Christmas tree stands tall in the living room, and a 9-foot tree in the bay window of the reading room makes for a cozy setting. Christmas dishes on the dining room table are ready for a holiday meal and cherry cabinets in the kitchen add to the traditional flavor of the home. In the lower level another tree is filled with handmade ornaments the Gray's adult sons made when they were in elementary school. The lower level also features the Frankenmuth Women's Club Red Door Raffle. After you have toured the entire home, be sure to go downstairs and purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win great prizes generously donated by Frankenmuth businesses.
Matt & Maggie Platko
786 Maple Crest Drive
Matt and Maggie Platko are honored to be living in the former home of a concert pianist who played music for an audience seated in a balcony overlooking the concert grand piano. It has been renovated to accommodate their young family while still maintaining the grandness of it all. The living room, dining room and kitchen combine to create an open floor plan. The living room features windows and doors that look out on a tree-filled back yard creating a serene and peaceful setting. Next to an impressive fireplace stands a 9-foot tall Christmas tree decorated with thousands of lights, large ornaments, as well as keepsake ornaments from Bronner's. Evergreen garlands festoon the balcony overlooking the living room. In the kitchen an extra large window is a focal point of this majestic remodeled room, and just outside the kitchen door is a stone patio with a seating arrangement anchored by a wood burning stone fireplace.
Frankenmuth United Methodist Church
346 E. Vates Street
The formation of the Frankenmuth United Methodist Church dates back to 1961, when a study began on the possibility of establishing a congregation in Frankenmuth. The following year several families started meeting in homes as Methodists. Since that time the church members have been involved in “Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World” both here and abroad. Wherever you’re coming from and whatever you’re looking for, FUMC is here to welcome you and help you take your next step in life.
As a Stephen Ministry congregation, the church is known for radical hospitality that is warm and welcoming while encouraging open hearts, open minds and open doors. This mission-minded congregation offers many opportunities to study and worship as well as to connect and serve the community.
This year’s holiday theme is “The Gift”. Don’t miss how that theme is depicted throughout the sanctuary as well as the welcome center.
More information about the church may be found on their website at fmuthumc.org , on their Facebook page, or by calling 989-652-6858.
After touring the church, you are invited to the fellowship hall to enjoy soup, sandwiches and cookies prepared by their kitchen ministry team.