Each year the Friends of the Symphony host a Christmas Stroll around the Chippewa Valley. Ticket holders tour 5 to 6 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.

Advance ticket purchase is always advised, and include all information, addresses, and a map.  While 2017 tickets are still only $20.00 and considered a donation to the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra, donations in greater amounts are always appreciated, and a line to document additional donations is provided.  Tickets are available at Avalon Floral, Willow on Water, Brent Douglas Floral, Festival Foods, the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center and the Grace Lutheran Church office.  

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19th Annual Friends of the Symphony CHRISTMAS STROLL

November 18th, 2017 
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Host Venue, Grace Lutheran Church,

202 West Grand Avenue

Tickets can be purchased and refreshments will be available in the Parable Chapel of Grace Lutheran – just inside the door from their Oxford Avenue parking lot. Weather permitting, you may wish to leave your car behind and literally “stroll” to three nearby Randall Park Neighborhood “Symphony Christmas Stroll” homes, each less than 2 blocks away.  *Please note: We strongly encourage advance ticket sales - many people prefer to make this stop for coffee, cookies, and restrooms in the middle of their stroll, and pre-sales help prevent overcrowding at homes.  We encourage all to visit  these homes in any order that works for them. 

Tom and Maureen Slauson, 322 West Grand Avenue
The upper two floors of this Queen Anne Victorian were previously part of our Stroll, but after an extensive restoration/renovation the delightful main floor of this home will be newly featured this year - Tom and Maureen have moved down to the main floor, and the next generation has moved in upstairs!  The Slauson's have a passion for history which is best expressed through their long-term family home - next year will mark the 70th anniversary of its being part of their family. 

The historic George J. Losby House,
822 Third Avenue

Just now in November, the Eau Claire Landmarks commission voted to add this handsome 1928 Colonial Revival brick home in the Randall Park Neighborhood to our city's Historic Register.  However, expect the unexpected as owner Rick Peterson has chosen a more contemporary interpretation for his home's interior, from an open floor plan bathed in cooler neutral tones, to his "White Christmas" tree and plenty of sparkle.

Jon Schabell and John Trones,
1033 Oxford Avenue

A world of wonder awaits as you enter this magical and cozy home, where the owners have seamlessly woven together treasures and collectables, and even a few pieces of what may have been trash (see the portrait painting just recently relocated to the fireplace room - yes, they move stuff around!)  Take your time, stop, stare, and discover unexpected delights.

Yuri and Natalia Ripeckyj,
104 Wilcox Street

Since its exquisite restoration, our Stroll will be the first occasion in decades that this now flawless home will be open for your enjoyment.  For some perspective, the historic "Roy Wilcox House" was being designed and built during the same time frame as the Titanic, around 1912, and the resulting "Prairie Georgian" masterpiece shows influence of both Edwardian England, and the newly emergent architectural works of Frank Lloyd Wright.  The holidays here are further enriched by the Ripeckyj's inclusion of traditions celebrating their Ukrainian heritage.

Janet Bethke, 410 Roosevelt Avenue

The charming Third Ward Dutch Colonial holds a collection of choice heirlooms, selected from an antique business formerly owned by Janet's mother, all artfully arranged to create this most comfortable home.  Keep an eye out for vintage antique ornaments, and take note of floral arrangements created in antique vessels. 

Bijou Bistro,
2629 Clairemont Avenue

Are you looking for a little inspiration for your Christmastime entertaining?  Chef, owner, and host Tony Draganowski will capture your imagination with several superb holiday table settings - vote for your favorite while registering for a drawing toward a $100.00 Gift Certificate.  As a chef, perhaps Tony may have some other surprises in store for you?

Robin and Jackie Crandall,
S11170 Lowes Creek Road, Eleva

Orginally designed by Architect Mark Kawell for clients who were great patrons of the arts, the "Prairie Style" home on this lush 40-acre equestrian estate was created to house a collection of Arts & Crafts era antiques, some of which are permanently built in.  Accented with pieces designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, this home also has dozens of art glass windows created by the late great Eau Claire artist, Laurie Bieze.  The current owners are wonderful stewards of the original vision, and have continued working with the same architect as they make personal adaptations and updates to this truly inspirational and comfortable family home. 

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.