Montford Holiday Tour of Homes Exceeded All Expectations

Cate Scales

The 21st Annual Montford Holiday Tour of Homes exceeded all expectations this year both in our fundraising goals and community involvement! I began working on the Tour in 2002 as a volunteer on the committee when we first moved here, and have spent the past several years as Tour Director. It has been a joy to see the Tour grow over the past 14 years as a neighborhood event that so many look forward to. What started as a progressive party for neighbors has now become a major event for this community. The tour committee rounded up 10 beautiful homes to be featured, and raised nearly $13000 for the Montford Neighborhood Association. Topping all efforts thus far!

The committee this year worked hard to make improvements to the Tour to ensure that the event continues to be a great experience for all. The effort involved in preparing for Tour day takes committed individuals willing to get a lot of details mapped out. The new street banners coordinated by committee member Sue G. Russell lined Montford Ave. and hailed the return of the Tour. They certainly added to the festive feel of the neighborhood. The banners will be put up annually, marking the return of this Holiday event. Committee member Terry Peters did a great job of lining up sponsors and making sure that they were properly represented throughout the Tour. Sponsor involvement helps tremendously with Tour expenses. Thank you sponsors for supporting this event! Cudos to Ellen Nutter for her PR skills. Broadcasting Tour information is key to ticket sales, and Ellen did a great job of getting the word out. WLOS, the Laurel, the Citizen-Times, WNC Home and many more publications promoted our event thanks to her efforts. Committee member Susan Eggerton kept us on budget, and offered much help in the inner-workings of this event.

The Tour could not happen without the help of countless volunteers. Bakers turned out by the dozens, offering delicious home-baked treats that were gobbled up by tour-goers. We are grateful to our many docents, and to committee member Joan Miller for coordinating this important piece of the puzzle this year. You all did a wonderful job of helping homeowners with over 400 guests in both offering information about the homes and keeping an eye on things for them throughout the Tour. Thanks to designer Ross Terry for making sure our website was up and running and up to date. A big thanks to Vic and Sharon Fahrer for again hosting the fun “Tour After Party,” a highlight for volunteers, homeowners, and sponsors to wrap up Tour day. The pickle soup was a hit!

To the homeowners who generously opened their residences, wow! The attention to detail in each of your homes was incredible. We received many comments about the beautiful spaces, designs, and ideas that your homes have inspired. As several of us on the committee have had our homes on the Tour in year’s past, we understand how much work you put in to making things ready for Tour day. Thank you for sharing your homes with us. Well done!

Guests are always pleased to peek inside the neighborhood B&B’s. This is the first year that The Pinecrest Inn has participated, and they opened up the entire home. It was great to finally see this historic home, and to have the opportunity to get to know the new owners. Welcome to the neighborhood! Abbington Green hosted our refreshment stop again this year, with no shortage of Holiday spirit. Santa, elves, and the most amazing collection of Holiday décor around!

If you are interested in participating in next year’s Montford Holiday Tour of Homes, please contact the MNA board for information. For additional information: www.montfordtour.com