Small Talk: Holiday open house showcases couple's new home
by Donna Barton
Small Talk
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Margaret and Jim Roberts arrange decorations on the mantle of their new sunroom fireplace as they prepare to greet guests for a holiday open house. Submitted photo
Margaret and Jim Roberts arrange decorations on the mantle of their new sunroom fireplace as they prepare to greet guests for a holiday open house. Submitted photo
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Saturday, Dec. 28, was a cold, rainy and miserable night outdoors, but inside the home of Margaret and Jim Roberts, it was anything but. The couple, who relocated from Jacksonville to Anniston this summer, have spent the past several months remodeling their newly-acquired property on Timber Trace in Overbrooke Forest.

The time had come to show off the remodeling to friends and neighbors, and what better occasion to do so than a holiday open house the weekend between Christmas and New Year’s Day?

Guests left their umbrellas on the front porch as they gathered inside the Roberts’ warm and cordial home to ooh and aah over the sweeping renovations. For instance, the property was originally equipped with separate two-car garages, but one of those garages has now been converted into a studio for Jim, a retired music professor from JSU who continues to offer private instruction on the trombone. With this in mind, the contractor added extra insulation between the original concrete walls and the newly established drywall.

“I’m very pleased with the acoustics,” Jim said. “There’s no overlapping echo and the ambiance is quite nice.”

In the rest of the house, newly installed granite countertops and updated tray ceilings were just a few of the additional renovations the Roberts were anxious to share, as well as the removal of a dormer window over the front entry that now allows natural light to stream through the foyer.

“It didn’t start out as my dream house, but when the contractors were done, that’s exactly what it turned into,” said Margaret, market president at Wells Fargo Bank in Anniston and chief volunteer officer for the YMCA.

Her banking associates, Mike and Joann Tyson, Kerry and Shanna Holt, Nancy Ashworth, Stephen and April LaFollette, and Michael and Teresa Shaddix enjoyed touring the new homestead before mingling with guests including Patricia and Henry Smith, Bruce and Evonne Cunningham, Margaret and Andy Hatley, Mary Jones, Gene Rhodes, Jennifer Maddox and Mark Stevens. Margaret’s YMCA contacts Maggie and Rodney Owens and Clayton and Ann Angell were also in attendance as was Jim’s JSU colleagues, Brenda and Tommy Roberts.

A gorgeous buffet of enticing foods encouraged guests to socialize in the dining room. Jim and Tammy Doering, Richard Frechette, Ken and Diana Devore, Randy Ricketts, Gary and Ann Welch, Pete and Ann Morgan and Joe Jankoski sampled hot artichoke dip, pinwheel sandwiches, fresh fruit, chicken salad and hot-out-of-the oven sausage biscuits made special for the occasion by the hosting couple’s daughter, Meghan Roberts, who was visiting from Georgia.

The rain let up ever so slightly as the evening drew to a close, and the Roberts bid farewell to their friends. They now look forward to starting a new year in their beautiful new home.

SAVE THE DATE

The Children’s Services annual Wine Tasting Dinner will be Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. at Classic on Noble in downtown Anniston. For more information, contact Mandi King at 256-235-2553.

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