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Conyers Pilot Club offers revives Christmas Tour of Homes

Jena Hudson, resident of a crafstman style home at 869 Rosser St., plans to show off her Santa collection during the Conyers Christmas Tour of Homes. (Staff Photo: Karen Rohr)

Jena Hudson, resident of a crafstman style home at 869 Rosser St., plans to show off her Santa collection during the Conyers Christmas Tour of Homes. (Staff Photo: Karen Rohr)

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This craftsman style home at 869 Rosser St. is on the 2013 Conyers Christmas Tour of Homes. (Staff Photo: Karen Rohr)

CONYERS — On hiatus for two years, the Conyers Christmas Tour of Homes is back just in time for the holidays. Presented by the Pilot Club of Conyers, the home tour operated in the Olde Town area annually for 15 years until 2010 when the club replaced it with a fashion show in the spring.

Pilot Club President Lillis Brown said the club wanted to revive the tour because of the strong interest displayed by the community.

“We had a huge request from people who had made it their family tradition to start off the Christmas season with the home tours. They wanted to know why we stopped it, and they wanted it back,” said Brown.

“We decided to go back to something that everyone loved and that had always worked.”

The Christmas Tour of Homes takes place on Dec. 8 from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $12 prior to the event and $15 the day of the tour. Tickets may be purchased at the Conyers Welcome Center or from a Pilot Club member.

Brown also said the timing of the tour, which is a fundraiser for the club, works well with the club’s budget cycle. If not enough money is raised in the winter, then Pilot Club members know they have to raise more to meet the budget by the summer, which is the end of the budget cycle. The fashion show was held in the spring, not good timing for the budget, she said.

“If we run short on goals, then we can pick it up,” said Brown.

The Pilot Club donates funds to support people with brain-related disorders or injuries and provides brain education to the community. They prepare dinners four times a year for the local brain injury support group, and sponsor a brain-injured person and his caretaker for a week-long summer camp.

They also provide puppet shows which educate children on the importance of wearing bike helmets.

Project Lifesaver is another beneficiary of the Pilot Club’s efforts. Project Lifesaver provides Alzheimer’s patients with microchipped bracelets so that if they wander off and get lost, they can be located by family members or emergency workers.

They also support a respite house for the mentally challenged in Conyers, the Artist with Disabilities program, and the local Meals On Wheels program.

This year, the tour features four homes and one business, all within the Olde Town Conyers area.

1340 Northside Drive

Residents Brooke and Tammy Bittinger will welcome the public to their sprawling brick ranch home built in the 1960s amidst a stand of pine trees. It features an enclosed back porch, a dining room with Honduran mahogany wainscotting, a large den with solid cherry paneling and a brick fence surrounding a back yard featuring a pool.

1291 Shadowlawn Drive

Built in 1987 by Jimmy and Julia Flynt, the brick ranch home features an oversized family room and a brick fireplace with an antique hand-hewn mantle. The home contains an eclectic blend of estate sale finds and family heirlooms such as an antique pump organ (obtained from a Catholic convent), antique clocks and furniture, hand painted china and works by local artists.

869 Rosser St.

A craftsman style house built in 2007, occupied by resident Jena Hudson, this home features a large marble fireplace in the living room, marble countertops in the kitchen, and an oversized wraparound staircase leading to the second floor which has vaulted ceilings.

1260 Shadowlawn Drive

Owned by Charlie and Bonnie Bryant, this renovated ranch constructed in 1979 features a wide, open living area, a large deck and a private wooded lot.

909 Commercial St.

Home to the law offices of Jorge Flores, this brick building has been home to a general store, bicycle repair shop and art gallery. The offices, with hardwood floors throughout, feature unique works of art and handcrafted furniture.

For questions about the Christmas Tour of Homes, call Lillis Brown at 404-394-3474.