Advance tickets for the Shary Holidays "A Citrus Christmas" home tours Nov. 18-19 are on sale at the Shary-Shivers Estate, located on Shary Road just north of Three Mile Line, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.
Tickets for the tours, sponsored by the International Women's Board of The University of Texas-Pan American Foundation, are $8 in advance and, if available, $10 at the door. A special rate of $7 per person for groups of 15 or more also is available in advance. Phone orders with MasterCard, VISA and Discover cards may be made by calling 381-2500.
Home tours are set for Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9:30-11 a.m., 1:30-3 p.m. and 3:15-4:45 p.m. For Sunday, Nov. 19, tours will be from 1:30-1:45 p.m. and 3:15-4:45 p.m.
Tickets will be sold for specific tour times, and ticket holders must arrive within their set time. A limited number of tickets is available for each time period indicated, and tours will last approximately one hour.
Volunteer docents, all members of IWB, will explain each area of the historic John H. Shary home, completed in 1917, and the Shary Memorial Chapel, completed in 1948.
Shary Holidays "A Citrus Christmas" is a four-day celebration commemorating John H. Shary's role as the "Father of the Texas Citrus Industry."
The Shary Home will be adorned with an array of beautiful holiday arrangements accented with colorful citrus fruit. The decorations are the work of IWB members, and special floral arrangements are being provided by Hewlitt & White, Eli Olivarez Jr., Cottage Garden Flowers and HEB.
A large Christmas tree trimmed with heirloom ornaments and a variety of citrus fruit, donated by HEB, will be the focal point in the home's large ballroom. Also on display will be a collection of gowns worn at the famous Texas Citrus Fiesta.
In addition to the home tours on Nov. 18-19, the 2000 Shary Holidays will include a holiday luncheon and style show Nov. 16, hosted by Martha Benavides of KGBT-TV Channel 4 and featuring fashions from Cache, Joe Brand and Sylvia's. Entertainment will be provided by the Nikki Rowe High School Show Choir and Razz-Ma-Tazz, directed by E.A. Tanner and Debra Morton.
Reservations for the luncheon are $30 and are available by calling 381-2500.
Friday night, Nov. 17, IWB will host Candlelight Cocktails, including a cocktail buffet, holiday music and candlelight tours of the Shary-Shivers Estate. Reservations for the 7:30 p.m. event are $40 and may be made by calling 381-2500.
The International Women's Board has adopted as its latest project the preservation and enhancement of the Shary-Shivers Estate, which in 1997 was donated to the UTPA Foundation by the children of the late Marialice Shary Shivers and Gov. Allan Shivers. Marialice Shivers was the only child of John H. and Mary O'Brien Shary, who lived in the home until their deaths in 1945 and 1959, respectively.