Monday, May 29th, 2017

Historic Home & Garden Tour in Chagrin Falls

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by SUE REID

 

What better way to spend a spring afternoon than in beautiful, historic Chagrin Falls while taking part in the Your HomeTown Chagrin Falls annual Historic Home and Garden Tour?

Two of the beautiful historic homes to be featured in the YHTCF home tour.

Grab a group of girlfriends, put on your walking shoes and delve into the history that makes this iconic village great.

Five select historic homes and gardens, as well as a church, are highlighted in this year’s tour, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 30 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 31.

The homes and gardens featured are all within walking distance of lovely downtown Chagrin Falls, but there will also be van transportation provided in the village for those needing assistance.

Stop for lunch at the many fantastic eateries in the downtown area or enjoy the famous salad luncheon buffet provided by the Women’s Committee of the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre. The latter will be served 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 30 for $15. Luncheon tickets can be purchased at the CVLT at cvlt.org or by calling 440. 247.8955. Tour-goers who take part in the CVLT luncheon option will be entered in drawings for complimentary theater tickets to “Twentieth Century,” being staged May 30-June 21 at the CVLT.

This year’s tour expertly highlights a broad range of historic architecture within the village of Chagrin Falls. Homes include an 1873 Italianate style home; a 1899 Queen Anne home; as well as another constructed in 1905 by an important village physician. A special addition to the tour is the Gothic Revival United Methodist Church, built in 1885 by the Methodists, who were among the first settlers to arrive in the village in 1833. This church is a staple in the village and located on South Franklin Street. Other homes are on Maple Street and East Washington Street.

Pre-sale tickets for the tour can be purchased for $20 until May 29 at the Visitors Center in Township Hall, 83 N. Main St., daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Other locations at which tickets may be purchased until May 29 include: Timan Custom Window Treatments; Chagrin Falls Card and Gifts; Chagrin Pet, Garden and Power Equipment; Fireside Book Shop; Village Herb Shop; Heinen’s in Bainbridge; Lowe’s Greenhouse; Breezewood Gardens and Petitti Garden Center.

Tickets are also available by calling 440.247.1895 or online at yourhometownchagrinfalls.com.

Tour-day tickets are $25 and will be available at the Visitors Center in Township Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 30 and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 31.

Proceeds from the tour will benefit Your Hometown Chagrin Falls, a nonprofit community volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation, economic vitality, lifestyle and environment of the historic Village of Chagrin Falls.

Hudson, Shaker Heights Home & Garden tours offered in June

by SUE REID

Visit picturesque Shaker Heights and Hudson for upcoming home and garden tours that are sure to delight.

The 10th annual Gracious Gardens of Shaker Heights weekend will be presented, rain or shine, June 14-15 by the Shaker Historical Society. The weekend will feature three Gracious Garden events, including the Gracious Garden Tour, the Twilight in the Garden Party and the free Garden Fair.

These inspiring gardens are sure to provide great ideas for your own garden, and the weekend will surely have something for everyone.

The Twilight in the Garden Party will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. June 14 at a private historic home in Shaker Heights that boasts superb architecture and gardens. The evening includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, live music and raise the paddle.

The Gracious Gardens Tour, which highlights beautiful neighborhood gardens of all designs and sizes within the city limits, will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. June 15, with advance tickets available or you can purchase the day of the tour. Set your sights on a gorgeous Japanese garden, a sunken perennial garden and a landscape featuring permaculture techniques, among others.

Tickets for the garden party (which begin at $175) and tour ($20 presale and $25 day of) can be purchased by visiting shakerhistory.org or by calling 216.921.1201.

The Gracious Gardens Fair at the Shaker Historical Society offers fun for the whole family and will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 14 and noon to 5 p.m. June 15. This free event will feature garden antiques, upcycled home décor, artist-designed jewelry, decorative ironwork and a food truck, among other highlights.

The Gracious Gardens of Shaker Heights weekend, which just happens to fall perfectly on Father’s Day weekend, is a major fundraiser that supports the Shaker Historical Society’s ongoing commitment to historic preservation, education and community engagement.

HUDSON HOME AND GARDEN TOUR

Pre-sale tickets are on sale currently for the 2014 Hudson Home and Garden Tour, which will take place June 12-13. Visitors can experience the unique and beautiful homes and gardens in Hudson during the tour, which is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

Five homes and three gardens will be highlighted, which give a perfect blend of architectural history, modern day renovations and original décor. The gardens will be spectacular as well.

Pre-sale tickets for $20 may be purchased by writing Hudson Garden Club, ticket chairman, 205 S. Main St., Hudson, 44236, and including a self-addressed, stamped envelope. The deadline for tickets by mail is May 31.

Beginning May 27, the tickets will be sold at various locations in Hudson, including the Learned Owl Bookstore and Acme Fresh Market Hudson. They can also be purchased the days of the tour for $25 at either the Garden Shop at the Hudson Middle School or the ticket tent on the Hudson Green near Routes 91 and 303.

Proceeds from the tour will benefit the club’s scholarship program, grants program to support worthwhile horticulture and educational projects, donations for trees for the City of Hudson, as well as the schools and parks, among other recipients.

In addition to visiting the homes and gardens, tour ticket-holders can stop by the Club’s Garden Shop and Tea Room located at Hudson Middle School with complimentary ice tea and canapes available from 2 to 5 p.m. both days of the tour.

The Hudson Home and Garden Tour has been held since 1947, providing thousands of guests the opportunity to visit some of Hudson’s most notable and historic homes and gardens.

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