The home of Janet and Robert Ormsby in River Hills will be one of three festively decorated homes that can be seen during the 18th Annual GFWC Brandon Service League Holiday Home Tour.

It’s time to deck the halls and get ready for the upcoming holiday season. If you need inspiration on decorating your home, then you should attend the 18th Annual General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) Brandon Service League Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, December 4, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The tour will feature three exquisitely decorated homes in the Brandon/Valrico area.
One of the homes on the tour is owned by Janet and Robert Ormsby in River Hills. The Ormsbys have a stunning collection of antique ornaments some of which date back to the 1800s. “A lot of the ornaments are from occupied Germany. The molds used to make the ornaments, which are pressed cardboard, have been destroyed,” Janet Ormsby said. The Ormsbys put up 16 trees of varying sizes and styles throughout their home.
The other two homes on the tour are the Chiarenza home in South Oak and the Cole home in Bloomingdale. According to League President, Candy Jackson, “The home tour has become a tradition for many families each year.”
Tickets to the Holiday Home Tour are $15.00 and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis as only 600 tickets were printed. Tickets can be purchased from any league member or at The Green Boutique, located at 1031 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico; The Law Offices of B. Lee Elam, located at 101 E. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon; Divine Designs Salon & Spa, located at 1606 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon; and Greg’s Hallmark, located at 863 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon and at 1916 S.R. 60 E. in Valrico.
In addition to viewing the beautifully decorated homes, attendees will have an opportunity to enjoy homemade holiday goodies, which will be available for purchase at the gourmet bake sale set up inside one of the homes on the tour. Attendees will also be offered opportunities to win several holiday baskets.
The GFWC Brandon Service League is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of people in the Greater Brandon area through volunteer service. It also is a part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs which was founded in 1890. The Brandon Service League supports organizations such as ECHO, Brandon Outreach Clinic, Brandon CARE Pregnancy Center, Art Departments of six local schools, The Boys and Girls Club of Brandon and the American Cancer Society.
For more information on the Holiday Home Tour please contact Melinda White at 967-1925 or visit

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