Christmas Stroll

Each year the Friends of the Symphony host a Christmas Stroll around the Chippewa Valley. Ticket holders tour a handful of decorated homes, listen to CVSO musicians perform and enjoy cookies, coffee and great conversation. This fundraiser helps fund the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra and its efforts to keep high quality classical music in the Chippewa Valley.

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20th Annual Friends of the Symphony Christmas Stroll

November 17th, 2018
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm


1. Host Venue, Renew Church, 416 Niagara Street, 54701: Noon to 4 PM
Formerly known as the First Baptist Church, this iconic landmark on Randall Park is now “Renew Church”, whose community room will serve as this year’s host venue. Tickets can be purchased, and as usual coffee & cookies, along with rest rooms, will be available. Patrons may enter the church through the impressive front entrance on 4th Avenue, or if a “no steps” access is preferred use the side entrance on Niagara Street.

2.  Lauren and Andrew Lierman, 719 4th Avenue, 54703 &
3.  Melinda Daubitz, 713 4th Avenue, Eau Claire, 54703

Eau Claire trivia; in one single city block there are three sets of two “mirror image” houses. We are thrilled to be able to present one set of these twins. Begin left with the historic “Miria Gans” house, and experience the Lierman’s “Christmas in Denmark”. From there, you will be guided across the shared driveway to the cozy Daubitz home, brimming with vintage treasures - Melinda owns “The Sparrow Antiques” store in Banbury Place.

4.  Phoenix Park - Riverfront Terrace Apartments, 225 Riverfront Terrace, Unit #117, 54701
Imagine a sun-drenched apartment with riverfront views and ever present musical instruments. Enjoy Tom and Deb Lockhart’s Phoenix Park lifestyle, with a holiday assist by Kim from Willow on Water to really bring out the Christmas.

5.  Julie and Marty Stromberger, 210 Oakwood Place, 54701

 Eau Claire’s grandes dames of Victorian architecture are clustered along State & Summit, the landmark “Winslow-Arnold-Giffen” among them. Delight in the artful restorations recently completed by the current stewards of this historic Queen Anne style home.
5-P  “PARKING”: None is available on Oakwood Place. Eau Claire Ford & Ace Auto Mall will provide shuttle service both to and from the house – please park near the State Street entrance to the University’s “Hibbard” parking lot.

6. Sue and Ron Waits, 540 Foxmoor Lane, 54701
Who doesn’t love a log home? Since last sharing with the Stroll, the Waits’ have commissioned regional artists to create more bespoke home elements, to which some sparkle by Brent Douglas Floral will be added.

7. Judith Hull, Grandview Heights Apartments, 4740 Keystone Crossing, Unit #220, 54701
Boasting a combination of both expansive views and the convenience of nearby shopping, Judith seized the opportunity to move in – providing her a new venue to decorate for Christmas. (Greenpoint Properties will have other apartments open for inspection as available.)

8. Ann Thornburg, 909 North Moonlight Drive, Altoona, 54720
After living their lives in other parts of the country, several generations of a family with deep Eau Claire roots are now united under one roof in this newly constructed masterpiece on Lake Altoona. You will be awestruck by the expansive views, charmed by the intimacy of exquisite furnishings, and have your heart warmed by the Christmas decorating.

9. Modicum Brewing Company, 3732 Spooner Ave., Altoona, 54720, Tours 1pm-5pm
At the intersection of Highland/Spooner & Fairfax, sits one of the areas newest breweries and tasting rooms. You will be invited to try several of their beers or enjoy hot cider. Hourly tours from 1-5 pm, with a tutorial in the fine art of brewing, along with snacks and other beverages for purchase, will round out your experience in this surprising venue.

If you would like to be a part of this event in the future by either volunteering, serving on the committee or becoming a member of the Friends please contact us by online form here or call our office at 715-832-6366.