Snowy Montford Holiday Tour of Homes a Record Success!

Ellen Nutter, Tour of Homes Chair

Montford Tour Carolers led by Jim Biard

Montford Tour Carolers led by Jim Biard

The record snowfall on December 9 created a magical setting for the 22nd Montford Holiday Tour of Homes. The neighborhood looked beautiful under its mantle of snow, creating a wonderful holiday atmosphere. Ticket sales had been brisk before the storm, and although some were deterred by the weather, we had near record attendance.

We are delighted to report an additional record – the tour raised over $22,000. After expenses of a little over $5,000, almost $17,000 will be available for neighborhood projects. An important reason for this success was the new Keepsake Booklet, spearheaded and executed by graphic designer Rita Yerby. The booklet functioned as the tour ticket, helping to attract almost $11,000 in sponsor and advertising income.

Eleven homes were on tour, each as unique as Montford itself. Seven are historic, ranging from the large 1890’s houses at 133 Montford Avenue, 97 Flint Street, and 70 Magnolia Avenue and the Richard Sharp Smith house at 129 Pearson Drive, to the charming bungalows at 200 Flint Street and 60 Pearson Drive. Almost all the historic houses have modern additions, skillfully blended with the older parts of the house to create modern spaces that enhance the historic house while facilitating a contemporary lifestyle. The four new homes on the tour provided a fascinating contrast to the historic houses. 42 Soco Street and 7 Woodlawn Avenue are in the Historic District, built to the standards of the Historic Resources Commission; 40 and 48 Houston Street are just outside the District, but were also constructed with materials and exterior design elements compatible with their historic neighbors. We are extremely grateful to each of the eleven homeowners for opening their homes to the tour.

A charming innovation this year was the strolling carolers organized by Jim Biard. Recognizable with their red scarves, they provided a lovely holiday atmosphere, and we hope they become an annual tradition.

Behind the scenes were almost 200 Montford volunteers, including not only homeowners and carolers but docents, cookie bakers, and the intrepid snow shovelers who showed up on the day of the tour to save us. A special thank you goes to Marie-Louise Ramsay and the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, who opened the Center just so we could distribute tour tickets. All was ably organized by the Tour Committee, including Rita Yerby, Publicity Chair; Terry Peters, Sponsors Chair; Bonnie Holstein, Docents Chair; Pamela Phillips, Cookie Chair; Susan Loftis, After-Party Chair; Gary Holstein, Tour Photographer; Ross Terry, Website and Newsletter; Randy Hall; Jackson Tierney; and Sid Border. Thank you, everyone, for a true neighborhood effort!

To participate in the Tour next year, contact Ellen Nutter, Tour Chair, at or 828-505-8242. We would love to have you!

Note: Article from the February 2018 issue of the Montford Newsletter.
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