La Porte City Women’s Club to host ‘Home for the Holidays’ Tour of Homes

The La Porte City Women’s Club holiday Tour of Homes takes place next Sunday, Dec. 10. Homes featured this year include (clockwise from top left) Desi and Denny McLaughlin’s home, Andy and Chrissy Miller’s home, Brice and Karissa Vaughn’s home, Melanie Neil’s home, and Ted and Robyn Oberhauser’s home. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

LA PORTE CITY – The La Porte City Women’s Club is set to host a holiday-themed Tour of Homes featuring five area homes next Sunday, December 10.

From 4:30-7 p.m., the ‘Home for the Holidays’ tour will take visitors inside the following homes: Andy and Chrissy Miller (409 Sweet Avenue); Robyn and Ted Oberhauser (613 Commercial Street); Denny and Desi Mclaughlin (12 Bruce Lane); Melanie Neil (201 Main Street); and Brice and Karissa Vaughn (5025 13th Avenue).

In conjunction with the event, Little Knights Learning Center-LPC will be hosting a freewill donation soup supper fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. that same night at the La Porte City Community Center. Funds raised from the supper will be put toward the construction of a new center.

The Women’s Club raises money throughout the year to invest back into the community including toward high school and non-traditional scholarships, the La Porte City FFA Historical and Ag Museum, the Hawkins Memorial Library, and many more.

Tickets for this year’s Tour of Homes are $10 and can be purchased at LPC Connect or at any of the five homes on the day of the event. For more information on each home, see below.

Andy and Chrissy Miller's home.

Andy and Chrissy Miller, 409 Sweet Avenue

Andy and Chrissy Miller are so excited to celebrate their first Christmas in their new home. They built the house this year and it was important to them to make sure they had plenty of space during the holidays for their five kids, four grandkids, and room for more down the road. They have a 12-foot tree and five other trees along with many decorations that Chrissy has received or inherited from her grandparents. They are excited to welcome everyone into their home this year.

Robyn and Ted Oberhauser, 613 Commercial Street

Ted and Robyn Oberhauser bought the house at 613 Commercial Street in 2020. The house had been divided into two apartments for many years and included a colony of bats living in it, unbeknownst to them when they bought it. During the remodel in 2022, they found the staircase was in great condition, so it was left untouched and looks to be original from the early 1900s. And they were able to convince the bats to find a new home. In the photo, the staircase is still decorated as fall because the Oberhauser boys will not let Robyn decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving is over, but it will be decorated as Christmas for the Tour of Homes.

Denny and Desi Mclaughlin, 12 Bruce Lane

Ted and Robyn Oberhauser's home.

Denny and Desi McLaughlin recently purchased the house at 12 Bluff Lane in La Porte City and have done extensive remodeling of the house. One area that Desi especially enjoys at Christmas time is where all the Elves are displayed, and one can only guess that the Elves might be up to some tricks when left alone. The McLaughlins also enjoy the front and back porches on the house and can be found enjoying them throughout the year.

Melanie Neil, 201 Main Street

Melanie Neil’s residence at 201 Main Street is the Wasson building which was remodeled around 2013 by Dave and Vi Neil. Melanie moved back in 2023 after being gone from the area for 16 years and now resides on the top floor of the building. This will be the first Neil Family Christmas hosted in the building. The first of many to come! Since moving back, Melanie hosts Sunday Family (and friends) Luppers (lunch/supper served around 2 p.m.) every Sunday. The building provides such a beautiful open space for their large group!

Brice and Karissa Vaughn, 5025 13th Avenue

Desi and Denny McLaughlin's home.

Bryce and Karissa Vaughn started building their home in 2019 and moved into it in 2020. One of the special, unique focal points of their home is the barn beams which they incorporated into the staircase and other areas of the home. This added character and meaning to the house as they were repurposed from the barn that originally sat on their family’s Century Farm.

The home of Melanie Neil.

Brice and Karissa Vaughn's home.