First United Bank & Trust are proud sponsors of the 2017 Christmas Charity Tour of Homes.  The proceeds from this tour will be donated to the local charity – Samantha’s Funding the Arts – a non-profit organization that helps keep the ARTS alive in our schools and our community in Garrett County.

The tour will take place in four different locations in the Oakland area and will be held on Friday, December 1st and Saturday, December 2nd.  Tour hours on Friday will be from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday, the hours are 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The price of the tour will be $10 in advance and $12 on the tour days.  Tickets are available at the Oakland, Deep Creek Lake, Grantsville and Friendsville Community Offices of First United Bank & Trust; Arrowhead Market & Deli, Oakland, MD; Green Acres Garden Center, Oakland, MD and Gregg’s Pharmacy, Oakland, MD.

 “Our sincere thanks to the homeowners who have so graciously agreed to open their homes to raise money for this worthwhile charity, as well as those businesses that are ticket outlets,” remarked Julie Peterson, Director of Special Assets, First United Bank & Trust.

This week’s featured property is the home of Barbara and the Late P. Ben Stork at 595 Skipper Point Road. The Storks moved from the south of Pittsburgh to Deep Creek Lake full-time in 2009. Over the past thirty-five years, the home has undergone several renovations to make it the beautiful and functional home it is today.

The basement was completed to add additional living area and an additional bedroom. The great room was expanded with ten-foot wooden cathedral ceilings with sky lights. Cedar siding and a new roof was installed along with a stone fireplace. A kitchen remodel was completed in 1992. During 1999 to 2000, the foundation was renovated and a section of the first floor redesigned. A second floor was added along with an attached garage. The fireplace was expanded as well. Another renovation of the kitchen is being planned.

Pictures of the renovations will be available in books during the tour.

Decorations for the holidays include a 15-foot tree as the main focal point in the great room with a multitude of lights and over 450 ornaments purchased and received as gifts by the Storks. The first-floor master bedroom features angels. The lower living room has a winter snowman theme.

Other items of note include an Asa Stanton painting from 1970 in the dining room, which Mrs. Stork plans to donate in the future.  All the quilts displayed in the home were handmade by Mr. Stork’s grandmother, Sue Metheny of Terra Alta, WV, over 67 years ago.

Please join us in viewing this remarkable home during this year’s Christmas Tour of Homes.