The Dublin Women's Philanthropic Club is hoping to show off a variety of styles with a tour of six homes in Tartan Fields.

The Dublin Women's Philanthropic Club is hoping to show off a variety of styles with a tour of six homes in Tartan Fields.

The club has never held its annual Christmas Home Tour in the northwest Dublin neighborhood, and home recruiter Bev Goldie said the tour will show Tuscan, Irish and French styles.

"I'm really excited about (the variety)," she said. "From the outside of the home you can't tell till you visit the inside, but it seems like each home has a different style and a different motif. You get airy and contemporary, we have one that's very classic and has antiques from the 1800s."

One of the homes on the Dec. 5 six-stop tour is Tuscan-themed with custom-made furniture and Chihuly glass. Another is modeled after an Irish manor.

"It looks like a castle and manor," Goldie said. "It's just beautiful inside, too. One of the most unusual things is it has a piano pit when you first walk in the door. I've never seen that in a home before, at least in the Dublin area."

Goldie has been working on recruiting homes for the tour since May and found this year's participants in several different ways.

"We have word of mouth and our club members," she said. "One of our members is a realtor, so she helped us out a little bit. Some we approached last year and they couldn't do it. We have referrals from members and one was referred from someone on the tour last year."

Tracie McGarity, whose home will be on this year's tour, said she went through homes during last year's event.

"I went to the tour last year and thought it was very nice and it seemed like the people that presented their homes were excited to do it. We all decorate for the holidays, but this kind of gave you a push and an even better reason to put more effort into it," she said. "And it's a great fundraiser."

The tour is the largest fundraiser for the organization. Proceeds will benefit scholarships, grants for teachers and other projects.

"We also give throughout the year to different organizations or individuals that are really in need. We help out with one month's rent or if there was a fire and they need hotel money," Goldie said. "There are other organizations that refer someone in need for a short time that needs something we might be able to help with monetarily."

The six homes can be toured between 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 5. Goldie said people can pick up tickets, maps, treats and beverages at a reception from noon to 6 p.m. at the Tartan Fields Golf Club, 8070 Tartan Fields Drive.

A trolley will transport people between the tour homes until 4 p.m.

A raffle for themed baskets will also be held at the reception; tickets can be purchased for $5.

"We do have raffle baskets worth more than $200 of merchandise," Goldie said. "Some of the items are gift certificates for spas, $100 for jewelry, clothing (and) dinner gift certificates. Some of the things are combined so you can do dinner and a spa treatment."

The drawings for the raffle baskets will be held at 5:30 p.m. Winners need not be present.

Raffle tickets can also be used on a new fundraiser at the event an advent calendar that offers a prize for every date on the calendar.

Tickets for the Christmas Home Tour are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the tour. Tickets can be purchased beforehand online at or at Audacious Boutique, Bakers Fine Gifts and Florals, The Cupcakery, Le Flair, Morgan House, The Retreat, Simply R's in the Tuttle Crossing Mall and SOHO Fashion/Furniture.