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BVS gearing up for 37th annual Home Tour

5/8/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

Rooms from two different homes on the Bath Home Tour are shown here.
Photos courtesy of Bath Volunteers for Service
BATH — Bath Volunteers for Service (BVS) is gearing up for its 37th annual Home Tour, which takes place May 22.

The tour, which is BVS’ biggest fundraiser of the year, features five homes and a garden and will require helping hands from about 100 volunteers.

BVS expects between 600 and 700 visitors to each of the six stops on the tour, which aren’t always the homes with a design professional’s touch, noted Nadine Clar, the current chairperson.

“We look for homes that are well-appointed,” said Clar. “They don’t have to be done by an interior decorator but just really have to have something special about them.”

The funds raised during the tour support BVS’ giving to charitable causes. One of the things BVS is especially proud of is its annual scholarship program, said Clar.

Every year BVS gives four $750 merit awards to graduating seniors living in the Revere Local School District for further education. The merit awards go to honorees based on volunteerism, not on academics, she said. Also, BVS gives one grant of $1,000 for each of four years to a Revere senior based on need. Those students, who have been chosen but not yet notified this year, will be honored during an awards ceremony at Revere High School later this month, said Clar.

“The Home Tour makes it possible,” said Clar.

The group’s allocations in 2012-13 went to 18 organizations and totaled $14,500. Some of the money went to organizations in and around Bath, such as for Community Day, the Bath Museum, the Bath Gamma Garden Club and Crown Point Ecology Center. BVS also used its allocations to support organizations such as the American Red Cross, Pregnancy Care of Summit County and the Victim Assistance Program.

BVS accepts applications until Dec. 1 — applications for next year’s cycle of allocations will appear on the BVS website in September or October, Clar said — and each February, the members vote on where its money will go.

BVS also has a slate of civic contributions it makes each year, amounting to $8,460 for 2012-13.

Some of the organizations receiving annual support include the Bath Horse Show, Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library and Safety Town.

Clar said BVS is “very, very appreciative of the homeowners that open their homes” to ticketholders on the annual Home Tour.

According to BVS officials, tour-goers can look forward to:

  • a 6,300-square-foot colonial home with six bathrooms. The home also has a nautical-themed room and a mother’s suite. A 95-piece collection of model cars, art by Marc Chagall and Salvador Dali and collections of ancient artifacts are among the highlights of this home;
  • a cluster home built by Sinopoli Brothers housing the homeowner’s art collection, antiques, family treasures and pieces acquired on extensive travels. Organizers dubbed this home “sophisticated living”;
  • an “artful contemporary” home including custom-designed front doors, a double-sided fireplace, a wall of windows and a custom fountain. Guests will travel over a glass bridge in the upstairs portion of the home;
  • a “creative condominium” housing a collection of Amish-crafted furniture along with reclaimed and repurposed finds from local stores, consignment shops and online. Artwork throughout the home displays the talent of the artistic family, according to organizers;
  • Yellow Creek Farms, a 140-year-old homestead with a renovated kitchen. Original features of the home include some of the wood floors and ceiling beams and balustrades on the stair railing; and
  • a garden, “a peaceful bit of woods in Bath,” according to organizers, which is a multi-level area featuring a blue flagstone patio and cascading waterfall.

Serving as tour headquarters once again this year will be Bath Church, 3980 W. Bath Road, where tour-goers will pick up directions to the homes, along with coffee and muffins, that day beginning at 9:30 a.m. Homes will be open until 3 p.m. Transportation to and from the homes is the responsibility of the ticketholders, and carpooling is recommended.

As in recent years, the home tour also will feature a display of artisans with their handiwork for sale. Artists will remain at the church until 4 p.m. Also at the church, BVS will host a raffle, including prizes such as a Kate Spade scarf and sunglasses, and a Smith Bros. gardening basket. Tickets for the raffle are $2 each, three for $5 or seven for $10, said Clar.

Bath Church’s Fellowship Hall is the site for lunch catered by Vaccaro’s and a fashion show featuring clothes by Coquette in two sittings, at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tour-goers also may pick up their lunches and take them to go.

The organizers stress the tour is not wheelchair accessible. Flat shoes are recommended.

Photography is not permitted in the homes, according to organizers. Organizers also ask that no children younger than 12 be in attendance.

Tickets are $30 and are available by sending a check payable to Bath Volunteers for Service to P.O. Box 673, Bath, OH 44210. The reservation deadline is May 15. When making reservations, specify a preferred lunchtime of 11 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 330-665-4523 or email bvs.hometour@gmail.com. The group’s website is www.bathvolunteersforservice.com.

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