'Tis the season at the Massillon Woman's Club. Members of the club have been busy converting the historic Five Oaks Mansion into a Christmas wonderland.

'Tis the season at the Massillon Woman's Club.

Members of the club have been busy converting the historic Five Oaks Mansion into a Christmas wonderland.

Each floor of the home at 210 Fourth St. NE was hand-decorated by club members, with each room featuring a different theme.

Last week, Betty Diana and Jaquie Zupp were busy decorating the music room on the first floor of the home. The tree was being dressed with red, white and blue ribbon, gold musical instruments and soldiers.

The ladies said it was a musical patriotic tree reflecting the "March of the Wooden Soldiers" and John Philip Sousa's marches.

Since September, a group of eight women has been pulling out the Christmas decorations, organizing them and placing them throughout the home, the women said.

"These ladies spend hours down here," said club Vice President Patty Carmola. "They say goodbye to their husbands in September and see them sometime in December."

Diana said decorating the home is physically demanding as well as time-consuming, adding that one of the committee members, Amy Williams, decorated 12 hours each day for three days straight.

While many of the decorations are reused from year to year, club members donate $1 each year to help with the purchase of new decorations and lights, Diana said. Committee members also donate a lot of the items, she said. They try to hit the after-Christmas sales to stock up on new decorations for next year.

Although the same decorations are used, Diana said, each year the trees are trimmed differently.

Carmola, chairman of the Holiday at Five Oaks event, and co-chair Judy Hanley were busy last week creating one-of-a-kind centerpieces for the upcoming event. For the first time, the club will sell the centerpieces after the event, she said.


Five Oaks mansion, Carmola said, is one of the city's hidden treasures.

Many people have no idea what is behind the walls of the stately stone manor. The holiday season, she said, is the best time to visit.

"It gives you an idea of what this place would have been like when the (McClymond) family was here celebrating the holidays," Carmola said.

J. Walter McClymond built the home for his family in 1892. The Five Oaks name was adopted from five oak trees that stood on the lawn. An oak motif including acorns, leaves and trees is used extensively throughout the house. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. McClymond's daughters gave the home to the Woman's Club.

The holiday season at Five Oaks kicks off with a tea Thursday.

The event, Carmola said, is sold out but tickets are still available for Holidays at Five Oaks on Friday and Saturday.

The champagne and candlelight dinners include entertainment, she said.

A brunch will be held Sunday.

A Christmas open house and cookie walk will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 30. An a la carte lunch will be served and visitors can take a self-guided tour of the home.

A second open house will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 15. A basket raffle will be held during the event.

Tickets for the basket raffle will be sold at each of the events, Carmola said, and the winners announced at the Dec. 15 open house.

The Woman's Club is a great place to hold events, she added. "It's not just for club members."