Skaneateles: Opening their homes

Miranda L. Pennock 06/04/10More articles
Six historic Skaneateles homes will have their doors opened for the community on June 25 and 26 as part of “A Summer Place.”
The event, a house tour and standard flower show, will showcase half a dozen homes spread out along East Genesee and Academy streets in the village and is presented by the Skaneateles Garden Club and Skaneateles Historical Society.
According to Publicity Co-Chair Joan Thomsen, a member of both the garden club and the historical society, the garden club asked the Skaneateles Historical Society to join its members in presenting this event to the community.
“The garden club gave the historical society the responsibility of finding the homes,” Thomsen said. “[The event gives people] an opportunity to see homes you normally wouldn’t get to see the inside of. I think the homes are going to be the biggest draw.”
This is the first time the two organizations have come together for a cooperative event. All proceeds will be split between the two groups, both of which are non-profit organizations. Specifically, the funds for the historical society will be used toward the Creamery Museum expansion project and continued programs, Thomsen said.
Though getting to tour the homes of Skaneateles may be the biggest draw, the horticulture aspect of the event will bring 12 master judges from across the state certified by the National Garden Clubs, Inc. to the lakeside community. They will be judging floral arrangements designed by Skaneateles Garden Club members that are placed in the homes. Judging will follow all requirements of the National Garden Clubs.
“We do not know who the judges are,” said Publicity Co-Chair Rosalind Schwartz. “It’s important for people to know we do not know who the judges are.”
Objectivity is key when judging the arrangements. While the Skaneateles Garden Club is fortunate to have three certified judges as members, those members cannot take part in the judging of arrangements.
In total, there are 48 arrangements planned between the six homes with anywhere from five to 10 arrangements in each house.
The organizations will also be borrowing four of John D. Barrow’s paintings from the John D. Barrow Art Gallery in Skaneateles. The paintings will be placed in various homes and floral arrangements will be created to complement them.
For Schwartz, the most exciting part of the event will be how the artistic arrangements relate to the homes.
Proceeds going to the garden club will aid in civic and community projects like gardens around the community and scholarships for graduating seniors.
The event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday June 25 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday June 26.
Highlights of the program include judged artistic flower arrangements, judged horticultural exhibits at St. James Church and judged educational/special exhibits, a raffle and refreshments at First Presbyterian Church.
Horticulture offerings include herb gardens, circular planters, dish gardens, urns, houseplants and perennials. Special exhibits will be devoted to milfoil, teasels, trees and rain barrels.
Tickets are $25 at the door or $20 advance sale through June 18. Send checks (payable to the Skaneateles Garden Club) to A Summer Place, P.O. Box 96, Skaneateles, N.Y. 13152. Tickets may be picked up at St. James Church or purchased there during the show.
As the six families open their homes for this event, Schwartz and Thomsen expressed their appreciation for continued cooperation from the homeowners.
“All these people are extremely generous to lend their home to a fundraising purpose,” Schwartz said. “That’s very brave.”

Homes to tour
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','MyWindow','toolbar=no,location=no,directories=no,status=yes,menubar=no,scrollbars=yes,resizable=no,width=280,height=160'); return false;"> The Boulders, East Genesee Street
','MyWindow','toolbar=no,location=no,directories=no,status=yes,menubar=no,scrollbars=yes,resizable=no,width=280,height=160'); return false;"> In-town farmhouse, East Genesee Street
','MyWindow','toolbar=no,location=no,directories=no,status=yes,menubar=no,scrollbars=yes,resizable=no,width=280,height=160'); return false;"> Italianate gothic house, Academy Street
','MyWindow','toolbar=no,location=no,directories=no,status=yes,menubar=no,scrollbars=yes,resizable=no,width=280,height=160'); return false;"> Breezy Heights, Academy Street
','MyWindow','toolbar=no,location=no,directories=no,status=yes,menubar=no,scrollbars=yes,resizable=no,width=280,height=160'); return false;"> 2 E. Genesee St.
Actual street addresses will be released prior to the event

CATEGORY: Charity & Activism
TAGS: Skaneateles, garden club, historical society, fundraiser, flower show
EDITION: Skaneateles Press

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