The Thursday Morning Club’s “Homes for the Holidays” House Tour will return this year showcasing six homes in the Madison and Harding Township area from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday, Nov 17.  “The homes on our tour provide glimpses into the history of the area and demonstrate how to retain the charm and character of yesteryear while adding the modern conveniences people need today,” said Karen Jeisi, chairwoman. “We don’t share the addresses until the day of the tour, but a few of the descriptions give you a sense of the distinctive nature of the special homes,” she added.    

Called “Stonehenge” in the original architectural drawing, this gothic home has a distinctive exterior, a grand staircase and beautiful moldings throughout.  Built between 1897 and 1905, it has been enhanced through the years with changes including a beautiful kitchen and modern baths.       

Built in the 1890’s, this restored home juxtaposes the traditional and modern in both art and furniture.  Special features include a stained glass skylight in the landings and foyer, a music room and a kitchen with a La Cornue stove.  The basement has a game and craft room, and the pool, courtyard and outdoor kitchen can be viewed from the balcony of the master bedroom.

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This charmingly authentic Queen Anne Victorian home is part of a housing development built by the Smith Brothers in 1896.  The house was extended to enlarge the family room, kitchen and master bedroom and was named the “Best Addition of 2009” by the New Jersey Council on Architecture (NJCA).   

On the day of the tour, the Thursday Morning Club’s Madison Community House at 25 Cook Ave., Madison, will be the meeting place, not only for picking up tickets, but also for a delicious lunch served from 11:30 am to 3 pm by the club’s catering department.  In addition, there will be a restaurant gift certificate fundraising event, and homemade baked goods will be available for purchase from La Patisserie.  For your holiday shopping, Patchpoint of the Short Hills section of Millburn, and Silver Touches of Florham Park, will display extraordinary fashions and jewelry.  Complementary coffee will be served from 9 to 11 am.

Advance tickets are $40 each.  An optional lunch for an additional $15 will bring the total to $55.  Advance lunch reservations are requested at the time tickets are purchased for the tour.  Checks can be made payable and mailed to “TMC, House Tour,” P.O. Box 345, Madison, NJ 07940.  Tickets will not be mailed and are available for pickup only on the day of the tour, Saturday, Nov 17, beginning at 9:15 am at the Madison Community House.  Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the tour for $45.

Proceeds from the event will provide funds for the renovated, non-profit Madison Community House, which is owned, operated and maintained by the Thursday Morning Club. “The  Nursery School, Before and After School Child Care program, as well as many other community programs will benefit from the fundraiser,” said Rose Mary Dinnhaupt, the club’s Ways and Means Chairwoman.  

For information about the House Tour, contact Christa Janssens at (973) 723-6145 or, or Rose Mary Dinnhaupt (973) 377-8508 or 


For information about the Thursday Morning Club or membership, call the Community House at (973) 377-0244 or visit  Organized in 1896, the Thursday Morning Club is a member of both the New Jersey State and General Federation of Women’s Clubs.