This winter, the halls will be "decked" for the holiday season at the Schneppat residence for all to see. Tiffin area residents Dieter and Elke Schneppat are to open their home and guest house for tours 1-5 p.m. Nov. 29-30 at 2721 N. SR 53, with the proceeds benefiting The Ritz Theatre and the Tiffin Art Guild.
The Schneppats' Elizabethan/Tudor mansion, located just south of CR 38, was built in the mid-1920s for the George Kalbfleisch family and designed by architect George Netcher. The residence was dubbed "The Hermitage" which by definition - a place where one can live in seclusion; a retreat- is a perfect description of the property. Nestled down a long drive in a wooded setting, the residence often goes unnoticed from the state highway that passes to the west of its entry.
In addition to tours, local artists are to be on hand to display their festive holiday creations. Visitors are to be greeted at the entry and escorted back to the residence. Hot cider and homemade cookies are to be available. Michael Strong, executive director of The Ritz Theatre, is encouraging the public to take this opportunity to explore an outstanding Tiffin area home.
The main house at The Hermitage is shown.
"I understand that the Schneppats go all-out in decorating their home for the holidays, and I'm sure they will not disappoint for this event. We appreciate that The Ritz is able to take part and benefit from local events like this. I'm sure it will be 'breathtaking,'" Strong said.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at The Ritz box office or upon arrival the days of the event. The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and younger. For additional information contact The Ritz Theatre Box Office at (419) 448-8544 or online at www.ritztheatre.org or contact Suzie Feasel at the Tiffin Art Guild at (419) 443-0478 or online at www.tiffinartguild.org.