Holiday Home Tour

2022

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ORCA Thank You For 2021 Holiday Activities

THANK YOU OCEAN RIDGE RESIDENTS FOR OUR MOST SUCCESSFUL HOLIDAY SEASON EVER!

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ORCA RAISED $10,500 FOR BEMC and DONATED ANOTHER $20,000 to BC Charities

Ocean Ridge Charities Association (ORCA), along with the Social Activities Committee, is proud to sponsor the “Annual Kick off to the Holidays in Ocean Ridge!” The following events contribute towards these efforts: the Holiday Craft’s Fair, the Holiday Market Place, Luminaries and the Holiday House Tour. The proceeds of these events go to BEMC’s Warm Homes, Warm Hearts program, which DOUBLES our contribution to Brunswick County residents! That’s $21,000 to assist in providing heat and electric to those in need.

Due to the Corporate Sponsor Program, the generosity of our neighbors, an Allstate Grant, the memorial fund and other contributions, ORCA has donated an additional $20,000 in the name of Ocean Ridge residents to the following Brunswick County Charities this month:

Brunswick Family Assistance, Brunswick Community College Foundation, Carousel Center, Habitat, Hope Harbor, Literacy Council, Providence Home, Shallotte Lions, Toy Run and Waves4Kids.

A special THANK YOU to all our volunteers, event organizers and ORCA board members for all of the tireless work they put in to make all of this happen. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

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2020 HOLIDAY EXTERIOR HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST WINNERS!

Ocean Ridge Charities Association Inc. (ORCA) would like to thank everyone who participated in the Holiday Exterior House Decorating Contest. The judges had an extremely hard time choosing the winners as they are all gorgeous.

 

Please take the time to drive around Ocean Ridge on Sunday, December 6th between 5 PM and 8 PM. It is so worth the trip not only to see all the decorations but also the luminaries. Look for the “Winner 2020” flag that will be placed in each of the yards below.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the

2020 Decorating Contest:

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NANCY & CHRIS DOUKAKIS
6467 Kirkwall Point

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PHYLLIS & ROGER LA CLAIR
6559 Sonnet Lane

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ROSEMARY & TOM KILBRIDGE
6578 Castlebrook Way

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MARY PAT & MICHAEL LYNCH
6582 Castlebrook Way

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RUTHANN & RICK WALTON
6601 Wellesley Place

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE TOUR

Presented by Ocean Ridge Charities Association Inc. (ORCA)

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2019

5:00 - 8:00 PM

 

SIX homes were beautifully decorated and open for Ocean Ridge residents to view and enjoy their wonderful Holiday decorations. 

 

Tickets were $15 per person, with proceeds of $5,000 donated to the

Warm Homes, Warm Hearts program. 

ORCA's goal is to "Help the neediest in Brunswick County." 

 

This is Year #6 for the program and total donations from it are now at $20,800.

Thanks to all 280 residents who participated this year, to everyone who volunteered and to the six families who decorated and opened their homes to us:

Donna & Bill Carter

Michele & Billy Cook

Karen & Michael Feeley

Debbie Kodak & Sam Farag

Christine & Bob Paniatowski

Ruth & Fred Walton

 

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Here were the themes created by each of six homeowners and their note to the 280 who toured their homes.

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HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE TOUR

Presented by Ocean Ridge Charities Association Inc. (ORCA)

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2018

5:00 - 8:00 PM

 

Five homes will be beautifully decorated and open for Ocean Ridge residents to view and enjoy their wonderful Holiday decorations. 

 

Tickets are $10 per person, with proceeds donated to the

Warm Homes, Warm Hearts program. 

All monies donated will be matched by Brunswick Electric and distributed by Brunswick Family Assistance to aid families with heating needs within our County.  

 

ORCA's goal is to "Help the neediest in Brunswick County."

 

Please click HERE to print out the updated flyer and sign up sheet, fill in the information, cut on the dotted line and deliver it with a check made out to ORCA to:

 

  • Joanne Bush at 553 Lizmore Place, off Waterstone Crossing 

                                     or

  • Judy Cunningham at 517 Buxton Notch, off Spencer Place

 

 

There will be a container on each front porch to deposit the forms and checks.

2017

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE TOUR

Presented by

Ocean Ridge Charities Association Inc. (ORCA)

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2017

 

5:00 - 8:00 PM

 

Five homes will be beautifully decorated and open for Ocean Ridge residents to view and enjoy their wonderful Holiday decorations. 

 

Tickets are $10 per person, with proceeds donated to the Warm Homes, Warm Hearts program.  All monies donated will be matched by Brunswick Electric and distributed by Brunswick Family Assistance to aid families with heating needs within our County. 

 

ORCA's goal is to "Help the neediest in Brunswick County."

 

Click HERE to download the flyer, fill in the information, cut on the dotted line and deliver it with a check made out to ORCA to:

 

Joanne Bush at 553 Lizmore Place

 

There will be a container on the front porch to deposit the forms and checks.

 

After Thanksgiving, you will receive an e-mail with the names and addresses of the homes on the tour.

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Holiday House Tour

Giving to others is the true meaning of the Holiday Season.

 

ORCA along with the ORMA Social Activities Committee say “Thank you” to all who participated in the OR Holiday House Tour.

 

On Sunday, December 4, six Ocean Ridge residents opened their homes for the tour. Residents traveled from home to home in awe of the beautiful displays of holiday decorating, creativity and the true spirit for the meaning of the season.

 

The event raised money for Brunswick Electric's charity - the Warm Homes /Warm Hearts program - and the organizers of this event consider this weekend a major accomplishment for the community.

 

It is for that reason, we want to say: THANK YOU.

 

  • Thank You to the 6 homeowners - The Lauxs, Kilbridges, Stuarts, Allens, Arancios and J. Wehner - on the Ocean Ridge Holiday Tour who welcomed neighbors into their beautifully decorated homes.

 

  • Thank You to the 240 neighbors who supported the charity and enjoyed their neighbors' homes.

 

  • Thank You to the ORMA Social Activities Committee for donating $335 from the Tree Lighting Ceremony.

 

  • Thank You to Brunswick Electric for matching our donation so that $6370 will be donated to Brunswick Family Assistance so that others in our county will stay warm this winter.

 

Coordinators, Joanne Bush and Judy Cunningham

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Carolers sang, nutcrackers stood at attention, angels beamed from above, and Santas put finishing touches on Christmas gifts.  Taken together, the seven homes on the Ocean Ridge Charity Association’s December 6 Holiday House Tour in Ocean Ridge presented a magical vision of Christmas where the world is peaceful and everyone is safe and snug at home by the hearth.

 

But, some folks in Brunswick County are not warm and comfortable in their homes. To help remedy this situation ORCA joined in partnership with Brunswick Electric’s “Warm Homes, Warm Hearts” campaign, which offers heating assistance to seniors and families in need. ORCA’s involvement was spearheaded by homeowner Joanne Bush, who organized the house tour with help from ORCA representative Judy Cunningham. They hope the tour will become an Ocean Ridge tradition.

 

 The House Tour raised $1,800 and gave 180 guests the pleasure of viewing outstanding Christmas collections.  In the true spirit of Christmas, the Ocean Ridge Activity Committee donated $325 from the tree lighting event, and the ORCA board generously added to the pot, bringing the final figure to $2,500. This amount will be matched by Brunswick Electric. Brunswick Family Assistance will have the responsibility to distribute funds to specific families for a total of $5,000.

 

During the tour, ORCA members greeted visitors while hosts graciously showed off their collections. Each home inspired gasps of awe and delight from guests as they entered.

 

Highlights of the tour: 

At the home of Joanne and Richard Bush the visitor sees handmade wreaths, collections of Santas and mangers, a fly-fishing tree,  beach tree and a 10-foot tree with ornaments dating back five generations;

 

Linda and Ed Sutton boast an astonishing collection of 70 Christmas puzzles, as well as a New England village collection and 42 Metropolitan Art Museum snowflakes—one for each year of their marriage;

 

Santas and elves ushered the visitor into the home of Rosemary and Richard Kilbridge where there is also a collection of dolls dating from 1965;

 

Lisa and Tom O’Rourke displayed over 200 Christmas Caroler figurines, a collection of angels, and an array of garlands and trees;

 

John Lefebvre’s home showcased a large collection of snowmen,  a snow village, and an assortment of dolls and ornaments;  

 

Shirley and Nelson Johnsons’ brightly-decorated  home was full of nutcrackers, snowmen, and ornaments bought over the years for children and grandchildren ;

 

last but far from least was the home of John Wehner where 170 nutcrackers of every size imaginable (four inches up to five feet) competed for attention with four beautiful Christmas trees, and an incredible collection of 25 glass tree toppers in candlesticks.