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Boat tour offering views of Portage Lakes, homes

7/4/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

PORTAGE LAKES — Area residents are invited to cruise the Portage Lakes to help the Akron Symphony Orchestra (ASO), Akron Symphony Chorus and Akron Youth Orchestras.

The Akron Symphony Guild’s 16th annual Boat Tour of Homes on the Portage Lakes will take place July 17.

According to organizers, the leisurely cruise aboard a pontoon boat will offer a view of waterfront properties and a guided tour of five homes and gardens, including the historic summer home of Akron’s Hower family. A hostess will offer details about the unique features of each home during the tour.

Joanne Green, marketing and public relations director for the ASO, said the tour will offer a lot of unique and interesting things to see.

Some of the features on the tour include: a custom-made stained glass entry door with ibises standing by as gatekeepers; two-story floor-to-ceiling windows and vaulted ceilings offering views of the lakes; architectural feats of remodeling; a spiral staircase into a room that resembles stairs that lead up to a ship’s crow’s nest; unique pieces of furniture and art; interesting decks and landscaping on the lakeside of the homes; and more.

Tours-goers will depart from Dietz’s Landing at 401 W. Turkeyfoot Lake Road. Two tour packages are being offered. The Sailors level, which costs $45 ($15 tax deductible), includes continuous boarding starting at 10 a.m., the lakes cruise and tour of homes and a boxed lunch. The Commodores level, which costs $100 ($40 tax deductible), offers early boarding at 9:30 a.m., a patron lunch from noon to 2 p.m., the lakes cruise and tour of homes, a signature sun catcher, an exclusive tour and “surprises” at Turkeyfoot Island Club.

Homes and boats are not handicap accessible, and infants or children younger than 12 will not be admitted on the tour, according to event organizers. Reservations are limited.

For tickets or more information, call 330-836-5725 or visit the website www.akronsymphony.org.

According to event organizers, the Guild was established in 1952 to provide organized volunteer support to the ASO, Akron Symphony Chorus and Akron Youth Orchestras.

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