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Assistance League of Everett hosting annual home tour fundraiser


November 22, 2017

A large collection of nutcrackers can be seen right as you enter the Joy household. These nutcrackers, and other holiday decorations, can be seen at the Joy household as part of the Assistance League of Everett’s Holiday Home Tour. (Photo by Brandon Gustafson).

The first thing you notice when you enter Tom and Sally Joy’s home is the tableful of nutcrackers on the right side of the room.

“I probably have over 50 nutcrackers,” Sally said. “And more Santas than that.”

That can clearly be seen as you walk further into the Joy home, with Santa ornaments, figures and pictures decorating the entirety of the first floor of their household, and Santas manning both sides of the staircase leading to the bottom floor.

Despite it not even being Thanksgiving yet, the Joys’ house is in full Christmas mode as they prepare for the Assistance League of Everett’s fifth Holiday Home Tour, which takes place from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4.

The tour consists of three houses in Mukilteo and two houses on Harbour Lane in Everett, just off Mukilteo Boulevard. “Attendees are given a map with addresses of the different houses on the tour,” said Kathy Hutton, a member of the Assistance League of Everett. “They can go to any of the houses between 1 and 7 p.m. and come and go as they please.”

The Joys’ house is one of those three Mukilteo households on the tour. The entire top floor of their home will be available to tour for those with tickets.

The home also has three different Christmas trees decorated with ornaments, including some that Sally has owned for over 50 years, and some hand-blown glass ornaments as well.

In addition to the holiday decorations, visitors to the Joy household will have the opportunity to view Tom Joy’s pride and joy, his 1946 Studebaker.

“I’ve had it for about 10 years now,” Tom Joy said. “They made this model for only three months back in December of 1945 and January and February of 1946.”

Tom said that before he got really interested in cars, he was an avid pilot. Unfortunately, a seizure he suffered about 10 years ago put a halt to his piloting days.

“I didn’t have any doctors telling me that it wouldn’t happen again while I was flying,” Tom said. “So I had to stop, and I got into cars as a result.”

Tom bought the car from a man in Portland after seeing it in a car magazine.

“My buddy and I took a trip down there just to look at it, and then my checkbook slipped out of my pocket,” Tom said, laughing. “I paid my friend who had a trailer to drive back down to Portland to pick it up for me.”

The Studebaker will be featured in the tour, as they will move their other two vehicles out of the garage and rope off the car.

Also included in the tour will be tastings from local chefs, wine tastings, raffles, a gift shop and Santa and carolers.

Some of the featured chefs are Dean Shinagawa of Kama’aina Grindz, Lindsay Herschlip of LJ’s Bistro and Bar and James Abbott of Buck’s American Café.

A six-piece Lenox China set will be for sale at the Joy home, and a holiday patterned quilt will be raffled off there as well.

Money from the tickets will go toward Operation School Bell, which helps less fortunate children get new clothes.

“The kids that we serve are recommended to us through their schools,” Sally Joy said. “They come to our building and pick out clothes. We have people there who help the kids pick out and try on whatever clothes they want and need.”

According to Sally Joy and Hutton, the Assistance League of Everett has contracts with 15 school districts in Snohomish County, including the Mukilteo School District, and they are able to help kids who may be in situations where they have been wearing the same clothes multiple days in a row.

Tom Joy standing next to his prized possession, his 1946 Studebaker. The Studebaker will be roped off and can be seen by anyone who takes part in the tour of the Joy’s house on Dec. 4.

“Last year, we raised over $45,000,” Hutton said. “The tour has grown every year, so we’re expecting to raise even more money this year.”

Tickets for the tour are $30 in advance and $35 if purchased on Dec. 4.

Tickets can be purchased at the Assistance League’s Thrift Store in Everett, Stadium Flowers in Everett and Lynnwood, Barbara’s Floral in Mukilteo, Joy Works in Snohomish and J. Matheson Gifts in Everett.

Tickets also can be purchased at

Author Bio

Brandon Gustafson, Editor, Mukilteo Beacon

Brandon Gustafson was named editor of the Mukilteo Beacon in October, 2017. Born and raised in Mukilteo, Brandon attended Mukilteo Elementary, Olympic View Middle School, and Kamiak High School, graduating in 2013. After high school, Brandon attended Shoreline Community College, earning his associate's degree while playing for the school's baseball team. He then transferred to the University of Washington, where he graduated in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in communications-journalism.

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